So now I have a new iPad Air and a new iPad mini. All in the name of research of course!
Both machines are wonderful, but each has a specific role for me:
The iPad Air tends to be my main iPad when at my desk, or when I need to use the keyboard for extended periods of time.
The iPad mini is my travel iPad and the one I turn to when away from my desk.
I could use one quite easily for both roles, but hey, I need to keep up with the latest and greatest.
So my first world problem is how to keep them in sync.
Yes, I know I can sync new apps quite easily. That’s built into iOS. I just switch on automatic downloads for Music, Apps, Books and Updates and everything new will be pushed to both iPads. However, if I delete an app off one of the iPads, it will remain on the second iPad.
I’d also like to sync my home screen layouts – re-arrange on 1 iPad and the changes in icon positioning and layout are reflected on the other.
A current Twitter stream suggests that Apple Configurator could be the answer, but I’m not sure it would acheive what I really want – it may be a half way house though.
iCloud backup/restore is also a potential half way house solution – Configure one of the iPadsd as I want it, do an iCloud backup and restore to the second device. Again, it will establish a common starting position, but over time, things will drift. There is also the issue of user data. It can take quite a while to restore data and there’s always the issue of re-entering some passwords and re-authorising apps in the restored version.
I just want changes on one to be reflected on the other in real time and automatically.
Not a major problem, but as iPads start to become more popular, I’m sure others will have the same (nice to have) problem!