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# 214003 23-Apr-2017 15:56
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My Mum (who is in her mid 70's) has recently discovered the joy of using an iPad (I lent her an old one of mine so she could try it out). She was using my old iMac as her main computer, but really only used it for email, Facebook, browsing and online banking, all of which she can do on the iPad. So, when the iMac died a few weeks ago, she decided she'd not bother to replace it, but instead buy herself one of the newly-released iPad models. There are just a few things I want to make sure she can do before we take the plunge.

 

Email: Mum likes to save the emails she gets from her family overseas. I've never used iOS mail to save emails (it's all archived and backed up on my Mac) so I'm not sure the best way for her to do this so that they are both protected from server purges and backed up. Is it just a case of creating folders in iOS mail and moving the messages into them? This is what I do on Mac Mail, but I'm not sure if it works the same way on iOS.

 

Backup: Is it possible to periodically back up her iPad in a non-cloud fashion so that it saves her mail folders, pictures, contacts, and any other saved files? She'd need to pay for extra iCloud storage to do it online, and I'd prefer her to have the ability to do it to a device. Would a wireless external drive do the trick? And is there a specific app she'd need? I just back my iPad up to my Mac (which is, in turn, backed up to a Time Capsule and LiveDrive) so I've not tried operating one without an associated computer.

 

Retrieving her old files: Her iMac was backed up to an external drive using Mozy, I think. We have the drive but not sure how to retrieve her photos and whatnot since she's not replacing the computer. Any ideas?

 

Sorry for so many questions. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who has tried any of the above and what your experience was like, and if you have any recommendations for things we should look at purchasing. Thanks!





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Currently using: Modified 2008 Mac Pro, HP M6-1017TX Laptop, iPad Pro, iPhone 7, iPhone 6S, AppleTV4.


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  # 1778259 9-May-2017 09:14
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I think in giving up the Mac and moving to iPad, you are now running into issues that require a Mac...

 

In answer to all your questions above, and you not wanting to pay for iCloud, i would say you should get her a 2nd hand Mac, maybe a Mac Mini, and set it up as before so she has the security of knowing where her files are, that she can backup to it etc..

 

I've been using Macs since 1990, an iPad since 2011, and can tell you that the iPad is not a substitute for a proper computer. Not that I disliked it, but I recently sold my iPad and don't miss it.




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  # 1778271 9-May-2017 09:37
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Thanks for the advice. She's gone ahead and bought the new iPad, which we're backing up to my Dad's PC via iTunes. My sister has moved all her documents (mostly photos) to iCloud so she can access them from anywhere and she's converted all the Word docs (genealogy notes) to Pages files so she can edit them on the iPad without getting an Office subscription. All her genealogy research is now in the cloud at Ancestry.com, so I think she's pretty set. If she ever needs something done on a Mac, my sister can always take her Macbook over and help out. So, for Mum, the iPad does everything she needs now :)





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Currently using: Modified 2008 Mac Pro, HP M6-1017TX Laptop, iPad Pro, iPhone 7, iPhone 6S, AppleTV4.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1778297 9-May-2017 10:38
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And you can get BT keyboards for an iPad, that helps lot to take away the drudgery of a lot of typing on the soft keyboard.




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  # 1778371 9-May-2017 12:21
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tdgeek:

 

And you can get BT keyboards for an iPad, that helps lot to take away the drudgery of a lot of typing on the soft keyboard.

 

 

Yes, I use an old iMac bluetooth keyboard with mine. I actually suggested Mum get one, but to my astonishment, she is far more proficient on the touchscreen keyboard than I am. Nevertheless, if she gets sick of it, it's not expensive to pick one up. Might be a good mother's day pressie!





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Currently using: Modified 2008 Mac Pro, HP M6-1017TX Laptop, iPad Pro, iPhone 7, iPhone 6S, AppleTV4.


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