iPad and Mac syncing?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by DewGuy1999, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

    DewGuy1999

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    I've been giving some thought to getting a iPad mini 2 to use primarily for email/web surfing and since I know very little about iOS or iCloud I was wondering if it's possible to sync my email and browser bookmarks between the iPad mini 2 (probably will have iOS 8.x) and my MacBook Pro (OS X 10.6.8) so that they remain the same on both. Thanks.
     
  2. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    yeah you use iCloud. its a no brainer

    technically if you want to sync your email and browser bookmarks and all that between your iPad mini 2 and your mac book pro, you should be running 10.7.5 on your mac book pro, or mavericks/yosemite

    its free!!!

    you didn't say if your macbook pro met the requirements
     
  3. DewGuy1999 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks. iCloud isn't available for 10.6.8, it's 10.7.2 forward. I do plan on upgrading to either Mavericks or Yosemite in the near future but for right now I'm using 10.6.8.
     
  4. rigormortis, Nov 10, 2014
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    a lot of people use one account for iTunes purchases and one account for iCloud, like @me.com, @icloud.com etc. and when you set up the iPad this will be an option.

    i have one more strong suggestion.

    there is a bug in 32 bit iTunes 11.4 that will PREVENT you from syncing or backing up your iPad on 10.6.8 , if you are going to stay on snow leopard and you want to purchase an iPad. you must download the 10.6 version of iTunes 11.4 at:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/dl1774?viewlocale=en_US

    i don't know if this affects your machine. but keep that link in case you have issues with syncing or backing up iPads and iPhones on your machine

    what happens is you connect your iPhone or iPad to iTunes on a 32 bit machine with 10.6 and the storage bars turns all yellow and sync is greyed out.

    apple forgot to include 32 bit code in this version of iTunes. and the above link will fix it

    i believe 11.3.1 is unaffected.

    and you need 11.4 for iOS 8

    so you must download that specific version of iTunes if you are running snow leopard

    if your machine is 64 bit , then you might not need that version of iTunes. but still keep that link in a safe place in case you have any issues
     
  5. DewGuy1999 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks. So, you can sync a iPad the same as using iCloud by using iTunes? Why would I want or need to use a different account for iCloud? I've got iTunes 11.4 and System Profiler says it's 64 bit and I believe my MacBook is also 64 bit, does that mean it will work or do I need the version in your link?
     
  6. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    i think that means your fine as far as 64 bit but if that bar turns all yellow and sync and backup are greyed out, use the version in the link


    why should i use a different account??
    hmm
    iCloud comes with their own email calendar and contacts and notes and bookmarks and all things iCloud!!!

    but!!!

    you purchased all your apps music and tv shows and movies with your iTunes account!!!!

    theres the problem. if you went to iCloud for its email and syncing, you would have to buy all your apps all over again!!!

    if you wanted to use your iTunes login for your apps, well there goes a lot of your iCloud features!!!

    ( im not sure if this is still true ) but this is the reason why some people still have an iTunes account for music and store and apps and iPhones, and iCloud @me.com for mail and syncing of contacts and calendars and bookmarks

    when you set up the iPad there will be a setting to use iTunes id for iTunes and to make you a iCloud account for iCloud.

    if u tell apple your iCloud id is your store id , then u might lose iCloud mail?? I'm not sure.
     
  7. DewGuy1999 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks. Looks like I need to research exactly what iClound entails and what I need to do when I set it up because right now I don't have a clue.
     
  8. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    yeah when u get your iPad or u install os x 10.7.5 or later
    it will ask you if you want iCloud mail

    u just go ahead and go with it

    when the iPad i set up for the first time it will ask u for your apple ID and then theres a box there that says " i have separate store and iCloud ids" and u click it


    u won't lose anything you bought under your original apple id.. none of this will delete your purchases. or move purchases to a new apple id



    i think u can use your original apple id for iCloud.. but i am not sure about it
    if you do that. you won't get iCloud email


    hopefully someone else will chime in heh
     
  9. DewGuy1999 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks.

    According to this Apple doc, Set up your Apple ID for iCloud and iTunes:

    We recommend that you use the same Apple ID for Store purchases and iCloud. Using multiple Apple IDs might be confusing and might cause issues with accessing purchased content or using some services.

    I don't really see any point in creating a separate Apple ID just for iCloud, so I'll probably just use the one I've got for iTunes for both.

    And according to this Apple doc, iCloud: Mail overview

    If your Apple ID doesn’t end with @icloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com, you must set up an @icloud.com email address before you can use iCloud Mail.

    Looks like you get iCloud mail no matter how you have your Apple ID set up. Does iCloud only sync iCloud mail accounts or will it also sync my existing email accounts from my ISP?
     
  10. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    no iCloud mail only syncs iCloud mail. but you can add different email accounts to the mail app
     
  11. DewGuy1999 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks. So, I can add any email account to Mail on iOS and it will work like Mail on my Mac, but it won't sync the mail accounts, correct?
     
  12. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    i think so
     

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