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Does updating the iOS wipe iPad contents?

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Ryansteer Calculating status...
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Mar 2, 2011 3:29 PM
Hi,

First time posting here so hopefully in the right place!

I'm out of the country for a few months as of next week and as many are eagerly awaiting 4.3 on the iPad. My concern is if I update using an iTunes account that is not mine (on a friends or public computer) will it wipe the contents of my iPad? I travel light bringing my laptop isn't an option and I have photos and movies I wouldn't want to be without.

Any advise would be appreciated.

Ryan
iPad MacBook pro iBook, iOS 4
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,385 points)
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    Mar 2, 2011 3:37 PM (in response to Ryansteer)
    Does updating the iOS wipe iPad contents?

    No.
    My concern is if I update using an iTunes account that is not mine (on a friends or public computer) will it wipe the contents of my iPad?

    Yes.
    Mac mini (mid 2010) - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.6), silver mini, blue mini, green shuffle, iTunes 10.1.1, 32GB wifi iPad
  • yettie41 Calculating status...
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    Mar 2, 2011 8:14 PM (in response to Ryansteer)
    Hi Ryansteer:

    I might suggest using Mobileme if you are not able to take your laptop. Just like any computer, the Ipad should have a backup of your important files.
    This way, if you are away from your computer you will have a cyber backup wherever you go.

    I think they are having a free trial.
    macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,385 points)
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    Mar 2, 2011 8:44 PM (in response to yettie41)
    I might suggest using Mobileme if you are not able to take your laptop. Just like any computer, the Ipad should have a backup of your important files.

    This way, if you are away from your computer you will have a cyber backup wherever you go.
    You need iTunes and a computer to backup your iPad.
    You cannot backup or copy the iPad data via MobileMe.
    Mac mini (mid 2010) - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.6), silver mini, blue mini, green shuffle, iTunes 10.1.1, 32GB wifi iPad
  • yettie41 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Mar 2, 2011 8:50 PM (in response to Chris CA)
    Hey Chris:

    Unless I'm mistaken, does your ipad calender and contacts sync wirelessly with mobilme in the cloud. I think they also have some sort of web based photo program.
    macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,385 points)
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    Mar 2, 2011 9:10 PM (in response to yettie41)
    Yes and it's good idea but it's not what the original poster was looking for.
    Mac mini (mid 2010) - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.6), silver mini, blue mini, green shuffle, iTunes 10.1.1, 32GB wifi iPad
  • Steve Metzger Calculating status...
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    Oct 13, 2011 9:24 AM (in response to Ryansteer)

    In my experince - YES, regardless of what account you are using, the IOS5 upgrade completely wipes out everything on your iPad, sets it to factory settings, than asks if you want to restore form a backup.  be sure to back up your current contents, config, apps, data, etc,to iTunes. if you don't, you will have a very expensive coaster.

     

    thanks Apple, nice job, at least you could have warned or automactially backed everything up.

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