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victor99 Calculating status...
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Nov 10, 2012 4:09 PM

I have an iPad (3rd Gen) that I've been syncing with my WIndows 7 laptop. Increasingly, I've been using my Macbook Pro, and I want to use it as the device to sync.


Currently, I sync photos taken on the iPad already to iPhoto on the Mac. Actually, I guess it's more like copying than syncing.


The instructions I see when I search for this sort of thing don't really apply to me, because:


  • I have no music purchased in iTunes
  • I have no movies purchased in iTunes
  • I have no TV shows purchased in iTunes
  • I have no audiobooks in iTunes
  • I don't really know what charts and genius are, and I don't think I care.


I do have a lot of apps purchased and/or downloaded for free from the app store.

I have photos and videos that I've taken with my iPad, but like I said, those are already synced with iPhoto on the Mac.

I have photos and videos on the PC that were synced to the iPad. I don't care if I lose those from the iPad because I can put them back by setting up a directory and copying them across the network and syncing.

I have audio recorded by an audio app

I have other data saved by other apps


I have a notice that a new version of iOS is available for installing, but when I follow the link to install it, it says I should sync first. Well, I have synced (on the Windows machine). I'd rather do the upgrade on the Macbook because it is wired (rather than wifi).


I've been procrastinating about this because I'm unsure what I really need to do. The obvious thing to try is something that doesn't seem to be available, namely, to simply have my Macbook Pro claim the iPad and sync from the iPad to the Macbook.


In summary, all I really care about saving is the apps and the data they have created. I don't use email on the iPad, other than to send email (would be nice if I could configure it to send from my gmail account without using the iPad's mail system, but that's neither here nor there). Things like calendar and contacts I don't care about either. With the new iOS/facebook integration, my contacts will likely get contaminated with all my facebook stuff anyway (unless I learn how to prevent that yet still allow some of the integration).

iPad (3rd gen) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iOS 6
  • nickbyrd Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
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    Nov 10, 2012 4:17 PM (in response to victor99)

    I might be missing the problem here. Can you not sync your iPad to your Mac? It would be the almost the same as doing it on your Windows machine.


    Plug in iPad

    Open iTunes

    Wait for iPad icon to appear in left sidebar

    Left-click iPad, choose sync or backup

    wait until sync/backup finished

    click eject icon by iPad icon

    Unplug iPad


    You can also backup to iCloud if you are running iOS 5 or iOS 6 (and running Lion or Mt. Lion on your Macbook)

  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (23,775 points)
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    Nov 10, 2012 4:24 PM (in response to victor99)

    Here's a pertinent article.  It's called "iOS: How to transfer or sync content to your computer"


    Of course, one option is you could upgrade your iPad over the air.  You could go to Settings > General > Software Update and go from there.


    But it would be good to have a backup of all your stuff somewhere.  So yes, if I were you, I would use the Mac.


    Expect to be hit with questions during the process saying "Your device is already synced with a different computer...".

  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (23,775 points)
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    Nov 10, 2012 4:34 PM (in response to victor99)

    You dictate which directory iTunes uses to get its photos from your Mac.  When your iPad is connected, click on the iPad's icon on the left of iTunes, then Photos on the top right.  The directions for how to perform the sync are below.

  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (23,775 points)
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    Nov 10, 2012 4:36 PM (in response to victor99)

    ... so after the sync finishes, you can change your mind about the photo sync instructions on that Photo tab, then click "Apply"

  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (23,775 points)
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    Nov 10, 2012 4:37 PM (in response to victor99)

    Regarding Notes, if they were in iCloud and you did not specifically delete them, I'm confident they're still there.

  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (23,775 points)
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    Nov 10, 2012 4:39 PM (in response to victor99)

    I do not mean cellular.  WiFi would work just fine.

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (44,260 points)
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    Nov 10, 2012 5:33 PM (in response to victor99)

    Sync Your iOS Device with a New Computer Without Losing Data -losing-data/


     Cheers, Tom

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