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iCloud out of Beta

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iCloud Sign in

On the eve before releasing iOS7, Apple has turned on the new iCloud.

iCloud Screen

The updated look is directly related to the new iOS7 look and feel.

You can log into your iCloud account and check it out while you count down until the official launch of iOS 7.

iCloud help

You can learn more about the new iCloud by reading the web help.

How to Back up iPad (iCloud or iTunes)

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With the release date of iOS7 rapidly approaching, you should back up your iPad and iPhone. Is there a best way to back up your iPad and what are the choices?

You can back up most of your data on your iPad with iCloud or iTunes. Read that again…MOST. Those are Apple’s words, not mine.

Apple’s backup process is reproduced below. You can visit where this information came from at Apple’s knowledge base article here.

Backed-up information includes purchased music, TV shows, apps, and books*; photos and video in the Camera Roll; device settings (for example, Phone Favorites, Wallpaper, and Mail, Contacts, Calendar accounts); app data; Home screen and app organization; Messages (iMessage, SMS, and MMS), ringtones, and more. Media files synced from your computer aren’t backed up, but can be restored by syncing with iTunes.

* Backup of purchased music is not available in all countries. Backup of purchased TV shows occurs only in the United States. Previous purchases may not be restored if they are no longer in the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store.

iCloud
How to back up
iCloud automatically backs up the most important data on your device using iOS 5 or later. After you have enabled Backup on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in Settings > iCloud > Backup & Storage, it will run on a daily basis as long as your device is:

  • Connected to the Internet over Wi-Fi
  • Connected to a power source
  • Screen locked

You can also back up manually whenever your device is connected to the Internet over Wi-Fi by choosing Back Up Now from Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.

iCloud backup settings

iCloud backup settings

iCloud automatically backs up your device over Wi-Fi every day while it’s turned on, locked, and connected to a power source. With your device information backed up in iCloud, you can easily set up a new device or restore information on one you already have.

Here’s what iCloud backs up:

  • Purchased music, movies, TV shows, apps, and booksPurchased music isn’t backed up in all countries. Purchased movies and TV shows are backed up only in the U.S. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they have been refunded or are no longer in the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store. Some previously purchased movies may not be available in iTunes in the Cloud. A movie’s product details page in the iTunes Store shows if the movie is unavailable.
  • Photos and videos in your Camera Roll
  • Device settings
  • App data
  • Home screen and app organization
  • iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS messages
  • Ringtones
  • Visual Voicemail

iCloud doesn’t back up the following items:

  • Music, movies, and TV shows not purchased from the iTunes Store
  • Podcasts and audio books
  • Photos that were originally synced from your computer

How to restore from a backup

When you go through Setup Assistant on a new device using iOS 5 or later, choose “Restore from iCloud Backup” and enter your iCloud account and password. You will see the three most recent backups for each of the devices on which you enabled Backup. Choose from which backup to restore.

If the home screen icons appear on your device and you wish to restore from an iCloud backup, erase your device (by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings). When prompted to set up as new or to restore from previous backup, select Restore from iCloud Backup. Enter your AppleID and password when prompted.

Set up iPhone

After your device restarts, your settings and accounts are restored and Backup starts downloading your purchased music, TV shows, apps, books, Camera Roll, and other content*. For best battery performance, leave your device connected to a power source until the restore is complete. You may be prompted to enter the passwords for all accounts enabled on your device.

A progress bar will appear underneath the apps that are being downloaded. To prioritize the restore of a specific app, tap its icon. Restore will attempt to download the same version of the app that you had installed previously. If that version is no longer available, the latest version of the app will be restored.

To check if the restore is complete, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.

iTunes
How to back up
iTunes can create backups of your iOS device when you:

Sync with iTunes (disabled if you have iCloud backup turned on)
Right-click (or Control-click) the iOS device in iTunes under Devices and choose Back Up
Use these steps to manually back up your iOS device using iTunes:

Connect your iOS device to a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed.
Click the File menu and select Devices > Back up.
Or
Connect your iOS device to a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed.
Open the iOS device’s Summary tab. There are two ways to access this:

Click the device button in the upper right corner. (If viewing the iTunes Store, click the Library button in the upper right corner. The device button will then be visible.)

From any view in iTunes, click the View menu and select Show Sidebar. Select your iOS device in iTunes under Devices.
Click the Back Up Now button.

To verify that the backup finished successfully, open iTunes Preferences and select the Devices tab. The name of the device will appear along with the date and time the backup was created.

If using iTunes 10.7 or earlier:
Right-click (or Control-click) the device and select Back Up.

How to restore from a backup
To restore information from a backup, use one of the following methods after connecting your iOS device to the computer with which you normally sync:

Click the File menu and select Devices > Restore from Back up.
Or
Open the iOS device’s Summary tab. There are two ways to access this:
Click the device button in the upper right corner. (If viewing the iTunes Store, click the Library button in the upper right corner. The device button will then be visible.)
From any view in iTunes, click the View menu and select Show Sidebar. Select your iOS device in iTunes under Devices.
Click the Restore Backup button.

If using iTunes 10.7 or earlier:
Right-click (or Control-click) the device and choose Restore from Backup

If you want to reference the guide on iCloud Backup, visit this support section.

iCloud Beta Gets iOS 7 Makeover

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iCloud iOS7

Apple’s iCloud beta page has been updated to reflect some of the new icons from iOS7 as seen below.

Icloudbeta credit Mac Rumors.com

The updates are part of Apple’s march to release iOS 7 in the next few weeks.

iCloud is a syncing service offered by Apple that allows you to access your music, calendars, contacts, documents and more from whatever device you may use.

iCloud Support and Status

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As you rely more and more on iCloud services and features, it will become more important to understand the different services and abilities iCloud offers. You can read more about iCloud on Apple’s page. A simple video explanation about iCloud syncing features and benefits can be seen here.

To find specific iCloud support issues for your country, visit Apple World Wide iCloud Support or http://www.apple.com/support/icloud/ww/ page.

This site allows you to pick the proper country for you to have your iCloud support issues addressed.

iCloud World Wide Support

Tap on the proper country and you will be presented with an index of topics and answers.

iCloud Support Topics

You can also check on the system status of iCloud by clicking on System Status. If there are any problems, they should be identified by a status light that will not be green.

iCloud System Status

 

As Apple continues to refine iCloud and the services offered, you should become familiar with the various features and have the ability to check the status of the system. Hopefully, this information will help.

How to Sync Safari Between Mac and iPad

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If you have a favorite set of websites that you have assigned on your Safari browser, you can sync them to iCloud. Once that is done, on your iPad, you can open Safari and see the same tabs and shortcuts.

If you have to suddenly rush away from the browser open on your computer, you can continue your work with the same open tabs and window on your iPad via iCloud.

Here’s how…First, you have to make sure iCloud is set up to sync the Safari settings.

To set up your Mac, follow these instructions:

1. Install OS 10.7.4 or later, including 10.8.x.

2. Turn on iCloud in System Preferences.

3. Check Safari to enable the iCloud syncing of your Safari information.

 

4.  Your bookmarked Safari folders and sites will be synced to iCloud.

To set up your iPad or iPhone, follow these instructions:

1. Install the latest iOS.

2. Tap Settings > iCloud.

3. Turn on Safari.

 

Now, on you computer, you can surf the web and open up various tabs for different sites. Your favorites and current tabs will be available and show up on your iPad via iCloud. (of course, both will need an internet connection).

On your iPad, open Safari. Tap in the browser where you would enter the web site and the various tabs will drop down and appear.

If you tap on the iCloud icon, you will be presented with a list of the open tabs you had on your Safari browser.

You can read more about how to set up iCloud and tab syncing here.

iCloud Storage Extended

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For those who were MobileMe users and received a complimentary storage upgrade beyond the 5GB, Apple has extended that storage until September 30, 2013.

 

This space is a great way to keep your files synced between your computer, iPad and iPhone.

Enjoy the extra space for a little extra longer.

iCloud System Status

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Ever want to know if any problems you are having with iCloud are a system wide issue or something just  related to you?

You can check the status of iCloud services at http://www.apple.com/support/icloud/systemstatus/.

If there is a problem, you will see a status system alert.

iCloud Help and Resources

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iCloud upload image Credit Apple Inc.

With MobileMe gone and iCloud use up, how can you learn about all the resources and tools that iCloud offers?

Finding Help

If you ever wanted to learn more about using iCloud, from a browser, you can go to this link and read iCloud Help information from Apple.

Print the Book

More importantly, you can click on the Printer icon and create a PDF for review later of all of the information.

When you click on the Printer icon, you can select an option to print the entire “book.”

After you select Print Book, (on a Mac) you can then print as a PDF by selecting Save as PDF…. You can then save the book for easy offline reference or even put it into your Dropbox folder so you can access it anywhere.

Even More Support and Resource Information

If you need more support information, you can go to this more complete support site to read even more information about iCloud, finding your devices or friends, iTunes and more.

Conclusion

There are many services and tools that iCloud can provide for you. Explore all the possibilities by using these help and support sites.

MobileMe Closed – How to Transition to iCloud

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If you have been using MobileMe services for your iPad, they probably no longer work or may be stopping very soon. You can move many of those services to iCloud. The information below is reproduced in its entirety from Apple’s site.

iCloud, Apple’s set of cloud services, stores your music, photos, apps, calendars, documents, and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices. It integrates seamlessly with your apps, so everything happens automatically. And iCloud is free for iOS 5 and OS X Lion users. More information is available at www.apple.com/icloud.

MobileMe service ended on June 30, 2012. For a limited time, you can still move your MobileMe account to iCloud and download your Gallery photos and iDisk files at me.com

MobileMe Services

What happened to MobileMe?

The core services provided by MobileMe have been completely rewritten and are now part of iCloud. As of June 30, 2012, MobileMe is no longer available.

How do I keep my MobileMe email address?

To keep your existing me.com or mac.com email address and any email aliases you have created, move to iCloud. See “Moving to iCloud” below.

How do I keep my contacts, calendar, and bookmarks?

You can use iCloud to keep your contacts, calendars, bookmarks, and more up to date across all your devices. See “Moving to iCloud” below.

What happened to iWeb sites published to MobileMe?

Websites published to MobileMe are no longer available. However, with iWeb you can easily republish your site to another web hosting service. Please read this article for details.

What happened to MobileMe Gallery?

Galleries published to MobileMe are no longer available. However, for a limited time, you can still save copies of all photos and movies published to your gallery. If you have a Mac, it is likely that most of your gallery photos are already in iPhoto. If not, you can sync your gallery photos to your iPhoto library. You can also download your photos and movies directly from the web. Please read this article for details.

What happened to MobileMe iDisk?

MobileMe iDisk is no longer available. However, for a limited time, you can still download copies of all files stored on iDisk from me.com. Please read this article for details.

What happened to MobileMe Find My iPhone?

Find My iPhone is now part of iCloud. However, for a limited time, you can still access Find My iPhone with your MobileMe account at me.com or through the Find My iPhone app. To continue using Find My iPhone in the future, move to iCloud.

Moving to iCloud

MobileMe service ended on June 30, 2012. For a limited time, you can still move your MobileMe account to iCloud and download your Gallery photos and iDisk files at me.com

Which MobileMe services are available in iCloud?

The following MobileMe services are available in iCloud:

MobileMe Service Available in iCloud
Mail Available
Contacts Available
Calendar Available
Bookmarks Available
Find My iPhone Available
Back to My Mac Available
iWeb publishing Unavailable
Gallery Unavailable
iDisk unavailable

In addition, iCloud includes the following services:*

  • iTunes in the Cloud
  • Photo Stream
  • Documents in the Cloud
  • Automatic downloads and purchase history for apps and books
  • Backup and restore
  • Find My Friends

For more information, visit www.apple.com/icloud.

How do I move to iCloud?

To move to iCloud, make sure your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC are running the required software and you have a backup of your contacts, calendars, and bookmarks. Then visit me.com/move to move your account. After moving, your mail will start working again, and your contacts, calendars, and bookmarks will update with iCloud automatically.

What are the system requirements for iCloud?

iCloud requires iOS 5 or later on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; OS X Lion v10.7.2 or later on a Mac; and Microsoft Windows 7 or Vista (Service Pack 2 or later) on a PC. Please read this article for details.

What if some of my devices can’t be updated to the iCloud system requirements?

If you can’t update all your devices, you can still move to iCloud, but iCloud services will work only on the devices that meet the system requirements. You can also choose to keep using just your email, even on devices that don’t meet the requirements. See the next question for more information.

What if I just want to keep using my email on all my devices?

To keep your email working on all your devices — including ones that don’t meet the iCloud system requirements — go to me.com/move and select the option to keep using your email. Once you have completed this short process, your mail will start working again on all your devices. You don’t need to change any settings, and you will retain all your old email messages.

I had more than 5GB of storage for MobileMe. Can I still move to iCloud?

Yes. The free 5GB of storage provided by iCloud is used only for Mail, Documents & Data, and Backup. Purchased music, apps, books, TV shows, and movies do not count against this 5GB of storage, nor do the photos in Photo Stream. As a result, most users will not need more than the free 5GB of storage.

MobileMe members with 20GB of storage receive a complimentary iCloud storage upgrade of 20GB, and accounts with additional purchased storage (40GB to 60GB) receive a complimentary upgrade of 50GB after moving to iCloud. These free upgrades are good through September 30, 2012. After that date, you can continue the upgrade at the regular price or let it expire and use the free 5GB plan.

If I use different Apple IDs for iTunes and MobileMe, can I merge them into a single account and use it with iCloud?

No, you cannot merge two accounts into one. However, If you have purchased items from the iTunes Store or App Store with a different Apple ID from the one you used for MobileMe, you can continue to use that Apple ID for store purchases and use your iCloud Apple ID (yourname@me.com) with your mail, contacts, calendars, and other services. Please read this article for details.

Can I access iCloud on the web?

Yes. Web access to iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendar, iWork Documents, and Find My iPhone is available at iCloud.com.

Can Family Pack members move their MobileMe accounts separately to iCloud?

Yes. The master account holder and family members can move their individual accounts to iCloud separately. After moving to iCloud, family member accounts are no longer linked to the master account.

*Some features require a Wi-Fi connection. Some features are not available in all countries. Access to some services is limited to 10 devices. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer in the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBookstore. Some features are subject to additional fees.

MobileMe Moving Time

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If you did not know, it’s time for you to close your MobileMe page and get your iCloud up and running. MobileMe is closing it’s doors on June 30, 2012.

MobileMe iCloud

There are several places to read about the transition. Apple has a site for Frequently Asked Questions about the transition.

If you use iWeb to create your website, you can still use it with a hosting site that supports FTP. This Apple video show you how to upload your site via FTP. You will need to get the information and credentials from your new host to put into iWeb.

So long MobileMe, hello iCloud.

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