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Meet the iPad (third generation) > Sync with a Computer

Sync with a Computer

Although an iPad can do everything you need it to do by itself, chances are your music, movies, and other data reside on a Mac or Windows PC. A computer is also the easiest way to keep a backup of the iPad’s data. iCloud backup is great, but it isn’t appropriate for all situations (namely, when you don’t have robust Internet connectivity).

The iPad’s home base is iTunes, Apple’s media hub software. If you don’t have the latest version, go to www.apple.com/itunes/ to download and install it.

When you connect the iPad using the USB cable, the iPad appears in the iTunes sidebar. Select it to view information and options for synchronizing your data (Figure 15).

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Figure 15. The iPad in iTunes


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You’ll be surprised at just how infrequently you may need to sync the iPad. Using iCloud, for example, you can wirelessly sync your calendars and contacts. Application updates are also available using the included App Store app.


  

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