5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 3, 2014 5:02 AM by Mermaid.
Mermaid. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi All,


Have searched several questions but can't seem to find a full current answer - i would hugely appreciate some help!


I have an ipad 2nd gen which i am more than happy with and an iphone 5s. My main computer that was being used solely to back-up both devices was a dell laptop which has been dead for a while now. Ipad and iphone are now full to the brim with photo's, music etc and i have no where to sync the devices.


The simple solution would be to buy an imac right? Just the small problem of £! I can't currently afford this so have been looking into the prospect of buying the mac mini. Could i use this to sync both devices, transfer all my music and photo's onto and then be able to delete from my ipad and iphone leaving me with space for backups etc? Also, could i use my ipad as a screen for the mac mini? (i have a keyboard and mouse ready to go)


Any help would be hugely appreciated.. thanks in advance!

  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (155,760 points)

    Yes you can change the syncing computer for the iPad and iPhone to the new Mini by:

    Syncing to a "New" Computer or replacing a "crashed" Hard Drive: Apple Support Communities

    There are apps that allow you to use an iPad as a secondary screen for a computer. But you still need a dedicated monitor. You can get one for very cheap or even free sometimes from Craig's list

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (40,640 points)

    A Mac Mini will give all the capabilities of an iMac but in a smaller box and without a screen you can use virtually any screen keyboard and mouse. You can also buy a refurbished model from Apple and save a little money (full warranty). It will connect to your iCloud account just as your iPhone and iPad do and you will be able to save your stuff on it.

  • Mermaid. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you.. but I can't just use the ipad as a screen when needed?

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (40,640 points)

    Mermaid. wrote:


    Thank you.. but I can't just use the ipad as a screen when needed?

    Yes you can. you can remote control the Mini from an iPad if you want to. The small screen size is less useable with OS X than it is with IOS but it works.

  • Mermaid. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for the link - huge help and i can't wait to finally get some order back!