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Find My iPad with iTunes and The Cloud?

615 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 16, 2013 11:34 AM by iBozz RSS
iBozz Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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Jan 2, 2013 4:17 PM

When I first got my 3rd Generation iPad I implemented Find My iPad via iCloud but, as I use Snow Leopard, I sync'd via iTunes - and still do.


However, I always had trouble with syncing (especially between iCal and Calendar with duplicated items, missing tems, non-changeable items - a bl**dy nightmare!) and, after several calls to Apple Support, they diagnosed the problem as being caused by iTunes syncing when I had iCloud "switched on" and their suggestion was to delete my iCloud account from the iPad - since when the syncing has been perfect.


Recently, a collaegue had her iPad stolen and she did not have Find My iPad implemented and her loss caused me to check my own device - where I found that deleting my iCloud setttings had also disabled Find My iPad.


Now, is there any way that I can implement Find My iPad without having iCloud re-implemeted on the iPad and thus running the risk of having my iTunes/iCal/Calendar syncing fall apart all over again or is there some way that I can implement this excellent feature without iCloud?


I don't want to upgrade to Mountain Lion just yet as I have tried it at a friend's house and was not impressed.  Maybe there's a bit if the Luddite about me, but I'm happy with Snow Leopard - except for the iCloud/iTunes/iCal/Calendar syncing problem!


I'm on iOS 6.0.1 by the way, and not as [currently] shown in my signature iOS 5.1


Thanks in advance.

iPad, iOS 5.1, 64GB 4G
  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (44,220 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 6:10 PM (in response to iBozz)

    These links may be helpful.


    How to Track and Report Stolen iPad


    Reporting a lost or stolen Apple product


    Report Stolen iPad Tips and iPad Theft Prevention


    How to recover a lost or stolen iPad


    How to Find a Stolen iPad


    Apple Product Lost or Stolen olen


    Oops! iForgot My New iPad On the Plane; Now What?


    If you don't know your lost/stolen iPad's serial number, use the instructions below. The S/N is also on the iPad's box.

    How to Find Your iPad Serial Number


     Cheers, Tom

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Jan 16, 2013 5:48 AM (in response to iBozz)

    You can set up an iCloud account and turn off all sync features entirely.  That allows you to simply use it for find my iPhone (and mail if you want).  You do not have to sync anything at all via iCloud unless you wish to - the settings are available in the iCloud account's settings to simply disable all sync features.


    My iCloud account on my iPhone and iPad is set up for mail and find my device ONLY, nothing else.  I sync my devices over wifi with iTunes on my MBP, and I use iCloud for nothing but mail and location tracking.

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Jan 16, 2013 6:36 AM (in response to iBozz)

    It should work fine, agreed.  I am using OS X 10.8 on my MBP and the latest iTunes.  While I have iCloud on my MBP as well, it is used solely for email, nothing else.  I'm at a loss to suggest what else to try at this point.  If you never used iCloud for any sync services, it would seem to me the issue is with your computer and iTunes, but I cannot think of what would cause the sorts of sync errors you describe, sorry.


    Hopefully someone else will see this thread and offer some insight.


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