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  • Review: iPod touch is exactly what it needs to be in 2019

    So, where is the test of battery life?!

    The iPod Touch is the *ONLY* i-device that Apple doesn't provide Wi-Fi battery life specs for...

    Wonder why?!  Could it be that, like the IPT 6, the battery life is *dismal* when it's on WiFi?

    Please test and report a comparison for us.  The battery life for the iPod Touch 7 could even be worse given the faster CPU!

    The iPhone SE is a much smarter buy!
  • Here are the five biggest iPad Pro problems, because no device is perfect

    I have both a MacBook Air and an iPad Air 2.

    Gave serious thought to switching over the iPad as my main computing device.  However, what held me back were several things.

    1.  The typing experience is far better with a laptop than with the cobbled together external keyboard-iPad combination.

    2.  The combination of good keyboard, indeed, a real keyboard, and a good trackpad and/or mouse cannot be replicated--YET--with an iPad.

    3.  I use Word and Excel extensively with both customized greatly (something far less possible now in the latest versions even on the Mac)-- and I use the trackpad or mouse all the time.  Both keep me sticking to an older MBA.  (I have tried Pages and Numbers and while they have some good features, the overall experience and capabilities are lacking in comparison to decades of Office use.)

    4.  I am able to fully backup my MacBook Air (Carbon Copy Cloner) and know that, if disaster strikes, I have a *complete* full restorable copy of my hard drive.  

    Alas, one cannot do that with an iPad.  There is no complete backup from the iPad to a drive (or the Mac).  Instead, one synchs via iTunes, which is only a partial backup and gives priority to what's on the Mac.  I cannot, e.g., have *ALL* my photos, ebooks, etc. copied to the Mac; instead, I have to sync them in a process that can be quite convoluted.  I have ToDo apps, news reading apps, and ebooks apps that do NOT make mirror copies of all settings, bookmarks, categories, etc.  You may wish to blame the developers, but Apple should provide a way of backing up the ENTIRETY of an i-device to a Mac or hard drive.

    One could respond by suggesting using iCloud, but I do not want my taxes, business and medical information, personal letters, political material, private notes, etc. stored on a 3rd party server.

    Apple needs to create a Carbon Copy Cloner type app that will make an exact duplicate of an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad on a Mac or external hard drive.

    5.  For many people, an iPad is fully-functional, useful, computer, one that takes care of everything they need.  For me, it is an excellent complement to Mac and even does many things much better--ebook reading, newspaper reading, tech forum browsing (but not commenting), running various apps pertaining to my hobbies, etc.  But neither can substitute for the either!
  • How to: change the email address linked to your Apple ID account

    These links may help

    From Apple itself with good photos:

    From iMore:

    This, though, is probably the best as it includes a warning about apps and IDs; it's oddly worded, however.

    This is one gets into how to handle an email that is not verified!

    I imagine that doing two things FIRST before logging are ESSENTIAL if you don't want to lose recent purchases. :

    1.  Transferring all purchases from each device.  

    2.  Syncing each device.  Make sure that iTunes has backed up your device as part of the sync.  If not, click the backup button.
    Doing step #2 alone should work as it will prompt you in each case to backup unsaved purchases.  Dumbly, Apple requires you to exit the synching, transfer all purchases from the device, and then start synching again!