How to Transfer Your Stuff to a New (Apple) Device

Here’s the issue in general:

You have a new iOS device (iPhone, or iPad), and you want to make it just like the old iOS device you’re replacing. I have personally tested this process with iPhones and iPads on a Mac, but the theory should apply to Windows as well, and probably to iPods as well.

Here’s the specific situation you find yourself in:

You have a new device, and you want, or need to turn it on right away. If, for example, you go to the phone company’s store, and buy a new iPhone, or iPad, and you have them stick in a new SIM card because your old phone uses a different SIM card, you can now use the new phone immediately, and your old phone should not be turned on again, as the phone number now routes to the new SIM card in the new phone.
Now… You go home, plug your new phone into your computer to synchronize it with iTunes. iTunes will say that it’s detected a new phone, and ask you if you want to treat it as a new phone, or synchronize/restore it from a previous phone. This will most likely be the old phone you just replaced, as it should have been the last one you synched with iTunes.

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How I Think Apple Screwed Up the iPad Mini Design

Two days ago, Apple introduced a new, smaller iPad, the iPad Mini. It is my considered opinion that they screwed up, and for that I’m grateful. It means my purchase of a Nexus 7 two weeks ago was not a mistake.

So… What is it I think they got wrong? There’s the price! But, if I was looking for another expensive Apple product that integrated flawlessly with my existing hardware ecosystem, the iPad mini might be a good choice. I have a 10" iPad for that, though. The big thing that I think they got wrong is the size. It may fit in your hand well, and it may fit in a medium sized purse, or a coat pocket, but it does not fit in many sports coat, or suit jacket inside pocket, and it does not fit in my pants’ back pocket. The new iPad Mini is just too wide, and the Nexus 7 is exactly right.

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Apple Criticized Over New iPhone Maps App

This is mindblowing stuff. Apple’s new maps app, which they’ve touted with great bluster since their first announcement of its impending release as part of iOS 6, and which replaces the highly effective Google maps app, is showing horrible, ridiculous, and sometimes humorous results. In one of the examples cited in Britain’s Daily Telegraph, a reader has them listing a business which went defunct 15 years ago.

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iOS 6 New(ish) Features

iOS 6 introduces some new features to old apps, but there’s nothing really revolutionary app-wise. Here’s a quick summary:

  • Maps – Apple is doing their own maps. You’ll get turn by turn navigation, guided by Siri, and ‘flyover’ view. Only driving directions, though. No walking, or public transit. 4S or later, iPad 2 or later. Google Maps will now be available as a third party app, but will not come with iOS devices any more.
  • Siri – a bit smarter, and understands more about things like movies, restaurants, sports scores, and so on. 4S or later, iPad 3rd generation or later.
  • Facebook – integrated with the system
  • Shared Photo Streams – exactly what it sounds like
  • Passbook – tracks tickets, passes, and discount cards
  • Facetime – now works over carrier, but it must be allowed by the carrier. Check with your carrier.
  • Phone – reply with text message, call back reminders by time, or location, do not disturb mode bsed on a set time period, set contacts you want as VIP’s, and they will still ring through.
  • Mail – VIP contact’s emails go in VIP mailbox. Easier attachment of photos, and videos.
  • Safari – iCloud tabs lets you synchronize your browsing from device to device. That is, browse on your computer, run out the door, and pick up exactly where you were on your phone later. Full screen landscape view. Offline reading mode for iPhone 4 or later, iPod Touch 5th gen or later.
  • Accessibility – there are some ‘made for iPhone hearing aids’. 4S or later. Who knew?
  • Privacy – can see network access on a per-app basis, and disable those strange apps that want a network for no good reason.
  • Camera – panorama mode – 4S or later, iPod Touch 5th gen or later.
  • Stores – they all had a face lift in the interest of user experience
  • Find My iPhone, and Find My Friends – now requires a ‘registered’ wifi network, or a carrier connection.

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Here are a couple of links to the official, Apple information:

iOS 6’s New Features

Scroll to the bottom of this linked page to see what works on which device.

And here’s another Apple link showing availability by country:

iOS 6’s Feature Availability