How do I tranfer all my data etc, photos, contacts from my macbook to my new mini ipad.
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Connect the iPad to your computer and sync on iTunes. Use iCloud to sync your contacts, calendars, mail, reminders, etc.
You can sync using iTunes, explained in this article:
iOS: Syncing with iTunes
Or, if you have another iDevice, use the backup to restore from.
iOS: How to back up
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