I’ve found myself in the same kind of nightmare – yet to be fully resolved, but I have an idea how to go about it. All methods seem tedious, time-consuming and nerve-wracking. Will I lose my contacts? Will I lose my paid-for apps?
While researching possible solutions I found a really pissy post on a forum that said that users who were upset by the difficulty of, say, adding a new song to an iPhone from a new computer, or who were worried about losing data, were missing the point. It is your responsibility to back everything up, he opined. The computer and the iThing have a master and servant relationship: the computer is the master, the iPhone or iPad is the slave. Back up your computer and all will be fine.
Except that’s not how it works in the real world. Most people use their iPhones and iPads much more than their laptops or desktop computers. You can download, buy songs, movies and apps direct to your iPhone and iPad. Photos are created on iPhones. The iPad encourages creativity more and more with apps like GarageBand (the iPad version of GarageBand is almost reason enough to buy an iPad, by the way – it is incredible). You can plug your digital camera into your iPad and download, edit and view photos – which you may then back up to your computer.
So really – which is the master and which is the servant?