iPad 3 as stand alone photo frame
Hi all, I have purchased a retired iPad 3 to give to a family member to use as a photo frame. This is an older one with the 30 pin connector and 64GB storage. It’s running the latest version of the S/W provided by Apple and my understanding is that this device is no longer supported and that means no more security updates. For that reason, my intent is to operate it off the network (WiFi off) and use it as a stand alone device.
First question: Is there a built in app suitable to use to cycle through a directory that holds a bunch of pictures. I do have a recommendation for one in the store, but I think that most of it’s features are intended for a connected device (display pictures from various cloud sources.) That also begs the question of how to get it on the iPad. I do have an Apple account. Once I log in and buy this, can I then remove my account from the iPad w/out removing purchased apps?
Second question: What’s the best way to get pictures copied over to local storage on the iPad? It seems that the ‘standard’ way to do this is via iTunes, but that’s not an option. I tried connecting the charging cable to a Dell PC and it didn’t even recognize it, reporting errors in the system log. I tried the same with an old Macbook (2011 Aluminum model – hey, they’re both old!) It seemed to recognize the iPad but presented no option to access the file system (on the iPad.) Nor a way to access files on the Macbook from the iPad. I tried the same with the Macbook running Linux. It connected but again, no option I could see to transfer pictures. It looks like I need the “Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit” which includes a USB-A adapter and SD card adapter that connect to the 30 pin connector. I presume that the iPad already has an app to transfer pictures from an SD card or perhaps a USB drive. (I have one inbound from eBay.) I hope to make this as friction free as possible or this gift won’t be fun. And if it matters, the recipient is a Mac user and has some kind of more recent Macbook.
Third question: Should I be concerned about having the iPad connected to the charger 24×7? That’s not particularly good for the battery. I have a couple laptops set up with smart plugs and they turn off the charger at about 80% and back on at 20%. Prolongs battery life, but I doubt the scripts will run on IOS. 😉
Is there anything I’m overlooking? Is there anything you would do differently?