So after some goofing around and finally diving into some assembly programing I've got a simple UI switch sending some data out the serial port of the iPad! when the switch is set to on it sends out a number 1 and a 0 when it is in the off position. The pic micro detects the sent data and saves it over to a memory location then uses that binary data to toggle on and off a set of 8 led's . 0 is represented by 00110000 and 1 by 00110001. This is a big step forward in setting up the communication scheme between the iPad app and micro chip.
Short Video of the iPad and PIC16F887
I'm still pretty much just a rookie so getting this far has sparked a new excitement level for me!