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Old 06-05-2012, 16:43
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I've just bought my parents an iPad 2. Can they totally skip iTunes on a computer or this is still necessary for updates (they're unlikely to be transferring music or videos).
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Old 06-05-2012, 16:53
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I've just bought my parents an iPad 2. Can they totally skip iTunes on a computer or this is still necessary for updates (they're unlikely to be transferring music or videos).
The new Ipad 3 can update without Itunes. You can update Ipad 2 from Itunes and get IO5, after that it you can updated it directly from the Ipad.
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Old 06-05-2012, 20:46
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If the iPad 2 is new, surely it would already have the latest iOS, and not need a computer...
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Old 06-05-2012, 20:54
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If the iPad 2 is new, surely it would already have the latest iOS, and not need a computer...
My IPad 2 which I got last year had IOS4, I had to update it to get IO5.
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Old 06-05-2012, 20:55
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There is a little palace in the Icloud.
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Old 06-05-2012, 21:12
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All new iPad 2s will have iOS5, infact the new ones come with upgraded processors (32nm) that gives 15-20% better battery life.

As mentioned it will work fine without a computer. The limitation is you won't be able to transfer music to it (well unless it's stuff you previously bought on iTunes).
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Old 06-05-2012, 21:44
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All new iPad 2s will have iOS5, infact the new ones come with upgraded processors (32nm) that gives 15-20% better battery life.

As mentioned it will work fine without a computer. The limitation is you won't be able to transfer music to it (well unless it's stuff you previously bought on iTunes).
Or if you're an iTunes Match subscriber - then even your own stuff not bought from iTunes is available to stream/download without a computer. Assuming you've used a computer in the past to upload to the cloud in the first place of course
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Old 06-05-2012, 22:06
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Or if you're an iTunes Match subscriber - then even your own stuff not bought from iTunes is available to stream/download without a computer. Assuming you've used a computer in the past to upload to the cloud in the first place of course
I have never used iTunes Match, is it good?
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:14
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All new iPad 2s will have iOS5, infact the new ones come with upgraded processors (32nm) that gives 15-20% better battery life.
Depends where the op buys it from ?
A mate of mine bought one only last week from John Lewis and that had ios 4
He didn't have a pc so went to the apple store and they plugged it in for him and updated
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:31
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I have never used iTunes Match, is it good?
It is if you've got a large CD library.
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:41
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Depends where the op buys it from ?
A mate of mine bought one only last week from John Lewis and that had ios 4
He didn't have a pc so went to the apple store and they plugged it in for him and updated
Yeah places like John Lewis probably have loads of old stock sitting in a warehouse. I meant new as in ones built in the last few months. Ofcoarse there is no way to guarantee this, your best bet is probably to buy directly from Apple.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:48
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Yeah places like John Lewis probably have loads of old stock sitting in a warehouse. I meant new as in ones built in the last few months. Ofcoarse there is no way to guarantee this, your best bet is probably to buy directly from Apple.
It does not matter if it comes with iOS 4 or iOS5 as if it doesn't come with it then you can just update it anyway - no reason to pay more to get if from Apple just to get latest iOS when you can have it as a free download anyway.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:51
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I have never used iTunes Match, is it good?
I find it very useful personally and have been using it since Christmas. I had about 5000 music tracks from a variety of sources. It found about 4500 of them already existing on the iTunes store so only needed to upload the 500 it couldn't identify. I then deleted my entire music library from my computers and devices, and download clean, high bitrate versions of my songs as required. Naturally better to download over WiFi, to avoid data charges.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:52
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Depends where the op buys it from ?
A mate of mine bought one only last week from John Lewis and that had ios 4
He didn't have a pc so went to the apple store and they plugged it in for him and updated
Got mine from Argos the other day and its got ios 5 already installed
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Old 07-05-2012, 21:48
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You can't update wirelessly until you get ios 5
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Old 07-05-2012, 23:46
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I find it very useful personally and have been using it since Christmas. I had about 5000 music tracks from a variety of sources. It found about 4500 of them already existing on the iTunes store so only needed to upload the 500 it couldn't identify. I then deleted my entire music library from my computers and devices, and download clean, high bitrate versions of my songs as required. Naturally better to download over WiFi, to avoid data charges.
I signed up a few weeks ago. Impressed so far.

The thing that put me off before was that I (incorrectly) assumed that Matches were DRM protected, so if you stopped subscribing you lost them... Once I learnt that was not true, and that everything is DRM free just like normal purchased stuff I signed up... Now all my CD rips are 256kbps AAC, instead of the varying formats and bitrates I ripped them in over the years. Everything that was Matched, I deleted and re-downloaded like you. Everything that didn't get Matched, and got Uploaded instead, I've been working my way through re-ripping as 256kbps AACs.

Great having all my music accessible online, instead of just purchased music. iTunes Match also means I can access it all via my Apple TV
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