OK, on the top of Apple tablet you can find dedicated physical button to shut down the gadget or put it into standby mode. You are also aware that pressing and holding down this button for a few seconds (until a red slider appears at the top of the screen) and then sliding the slider to power off position will turn off iPad mini / iPad 4 / iPad 3 / iPad 2 completely, while with quick pressing of that button tablet will go sleep. On the newest iPad Air / Retina iPad mini that comes out of box with iOS 7.03 the Lock Screen looks a bit different, but the way to send it to sleep or to power off is the same. But what is better for the health of your iconic tablet? Here are the tips to follow:
- iPad's battery wastes energy in standby mode, so it is better to turn gadget off. For example, in an idle mode, when display is on, iPad (WiFi +3G) consumes 2.97W from 100V outlet, 2.96W from 115V outlet and 3.04W from 230 V outlet. Nevertheless, being sent into sleep iPad still consumes 0.42W, 0.43W and 0.41W from 110V, 115V and 230V outlets respectively. But every boot up and shut down requires some extra battery's energy, so if you need to leave iPad very often for a short time it is better to send it to sleep.
- Iis better to turn Apple tablet off to prevent memory wear. For data storage iPad uses flash memory which has limitation in number of program-erase cycles. Sending iPad into standby mode involves one more P/E cycle as in the sleep state all gadget's work must be saved onto memory.
So, as a rule of thumb, turn your tablet off when you leave it along for lengthy period. But for regular every-days use it is better to push it into sleep with Airplane Mode toggled to ON. ( Settings » Airplane Mode » If it is in OFF state toggle to ON). This will automatically disable all the wireless features of your iconic tablet and as consequence prolong the life of its battery. Fiddling with tablet may encourage you to unveil 50+ secrets that can help you maintain iPad.