Apple - Set Up New iPad Using Quick Start
Starting up a brand new device and going through the setup is a lengthy process. It requires plenty of user input to get set up. There is the account setting, security, wifi connections, email setup - all this to get to the home screen. On finishing up the basics, the user then has to search for, download, and setup apps.
ANY optimization to this process that could shave off some effort would positively impact user experience.
I was weary of this process when I recently bought a new iPad for work. But I was pleased with the efforts Apple is making in this area.
How Apple is improving this:
iOS has a setup feature called Quick Start. It utilizes the settings of an existing device to setup a new device.
How the process went on the iPad:
On starting up the iPad, it asks for language. And then it asked to bring another existing iOS device close to it. I brought my iPhone next to it and voila, a popup appeared on my iPhone saying "Set Up new iPad". I tapped on it and the process became noticeably simpler from there. The iPad connected to WiFi automatically, transferred over my settings, apps, and only asked for security information. Once it was on the home-screen, my apps were already installing. Just beautiful.
Why this is better:
Simple, it reduces friction and cognitive load. WiFi setup, iCloud, email accounts, security settings, all require recalling and typing in the information. Both are demanding tasks and slow the process down. By finding an alternate method for obtaining this information, Quick Start takes some of that load away.
- Reduce friction wherever possible during the setup / onboarding process.
- Nothing as such
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