I have subscribed to Apple’s $9.99 highest-level storage plan for a couple of years, not being convinced of Dropbox’s lasting power (although I love Dropbox), data security (I have had to change my Dropbox password due to a data breach), and of course, improvements with iCloud. This means that I can store my most valuable data in Apple’s cloud system without worrying about failing drives or even stolen equipment. My most important documents, my music library (scanned and audio), and photos are all safely in the cloud for $120 a year, and Apple keeps increasing the amount of storage included in that pricing (now 2TB of data). Apple doesn’t seem to hold audio files or pictures against that total storage…although I do pay $25 a year of Apple Match (it takes all of your music and puts it in the cloud, also allowing you to re-download) and have not yet subscribed to Apple Music, although I think that subscription is coming, too.
With that online storage, I am able to backup my personal devices without any fear of running out of room. Sadly, the minimal 5GB that Apple allows for every iTunes account does not help much, and you end up buying storage for devices. I wish there was a way my family could tap into my 2TB of data, as I pay $0.99 for my wife’s devices and really should upgrade to $0.99 for our children’s iPads. We do use family sharing…but I wish there was family sharing for device backups.
Well, my new iPad Pro arrived yesterday afternoon–the afternoon of my last contract day (students were done on Friday), so receiving the iPad felt like a bonus for surviving the year. I will blog more about the year later–but I need to distance myself from it for a while before I do so.
What you read about the iPad Pro (12.9″) is true. It is huge, it is fast, and it has the potential to change your workflow. This morning, as I did my daily routine of having breakfast, doing devotions, and reading the news, my workflow was modified by having my journaling app (Day One) and my Bible reader of choice (Olive Tree) up at the same time. I could do this on my iPad Air, but doing so makes the split screen of limited use as space is minimal. I am learning how to utilize the new screen space, and am really looking forward to reading music on it. I get my first opportunity to do so this afternoon as a small group of ukulele players are playing for a Veteran’s retirement home–unintentionally on Flag Day (incidentally, happy Flag Day!).
I am figuring out how to integrate the Apple Pencil into my work flow. I have used a stylus before, but this device changes many interactions with the iPad Pro (and yes, with the latest iPad Pro, there is no perceived lag or latency). I just wish there was an “eraser” on the end of the Pencil for apps like forScore.
Back to the topic at hand…as my devices are set (in Settings) to back up when “sleeping” and plugged in, I am basically ready to upgrade or migrate at any time.
All I have to do is open a new device, go through the starting menus, tell the new device to restore from a backup, and then Apple restores the data. Apple doesn’t store the Apps with your backup–those download directly from Apple. All that downloads from your backup file is app data–which is relatively small (most of the time–there are exceptions, such as video files). Then, over time, Apple restores all of the apps you had on your device, and for the most part, you are ready to use your new device. Occasionally you will need to enter a password (such as with WordPress, which I use to blog), but that is a minor inconvenience.
I think a larger task would be the challenge of migrating from iOS to Android or Android to iOS…and even then, the carriers and companies have tools to help you migrate.
If you have been putting off the purchase of a new device because of the challenge of setting it up, and you want to use the existing setup on your current device–simply use iCloud Backup and the migration is pretty painless…it just takes a while to download everything.
One other tip: don’t erase your old device until you know that you have restored everything to your new device (or until you know that you will keep your new device)–just in case.