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Going Native- Back to the Notes App Revisited

I got a few comments on my original article from Flipboard and Twitter that touched on details I thought were interesting and worth bringing back to the site. Before diving in, thank you to all reached out, and I hope to hear from you again. 


First off, the consensus among users I interacted with was that OneNote has a really strong feature set, especially considering that it’s free to use on iOS. However, the responses were mixed on sync performance. Most reported that it worked great for them, but a few others had similar experiences to me. Any app, especially one as flexible and widely used as OneNote can work great for most users, while the bugs and pitfalls hit the rest of us. Considering the widely positive reviews of the app, my experience is more likely an outlier. However, after problems strike a couple of times, the old saying applies- “Once bitten, twice shy.” However it is good to bear in mind that BOTH can simultaneously be true. 

Second, I had several commenters mention the relatively new note taking app Bear. I have to admit that one slipped by me on its way to the App Store. 


However, it has garnered a fair amount of acclaim since its release early last November, including an App Store Editor’s Note from Apple on its App Store page. After reading the comments and a few reviews, I am going to give it a go myself. I’m not thrilled about paying for the ability to sync, but at only $1.45 monthly, I’m not going to complain too much. Evernote Premium was more expensive and I paid for it for over a year. I will post my own review of how Bear stacks up against iOS Notes and Notability in the near future. 

One of the last comments I got came to my Twitter account (jhrogersii), and was the most interesting of all of them. The commenter also mentioned the Bear app, and that he had switched due to recent sync issues with iOS Notes. I have never been affected by any sync issues with Notes, and frankly hadn’t heard anything about this, so I was intrigued. When I asked him what he was referring to, the gentleman sent me a link to a forum thread at macrumors that detailed iCloud sync issues that evidently plagued a LOT of people for a long period of time. It was pretty eye-opening. 

It looks like these problems have been cleared up for most users in recent iOS updates, but such an issue calls into question one of my primary points about going back to iOS Notes. I made a big deal about how dependable it was. My exact quote was, “It NEVER fails.” Well, I guess that’s not entirely true. At least not for all iOS users. 

If you are a user of Bear and have some good tips as I get started with it, or if you were also affected by Apple’s recent Notes sync issues, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to give me a shout in the comments section below, on our Flipboard page, or on Twitter @iPadInsightBlog or @jhrogersii

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Going Native- Back to the Notes App

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At one time, I had pretty much forsaken the iOS Notes app. Other than taking down to-go orders and a few other random thoughts on the iPhone version, I had pretty much stopped using it a few years ago. I hardly ever used it on any of my iPads. I had Evernote and kept almost all notes that I took there, whether for personal or work use. I even had their paid Premium service for over a year so I could upload more content for work notes. Since it was completely platform-agnostic and easy to get data into and out of, I just assumed at the time that I would stick with them long term.

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How to set up automatic iCloud backups for your iPad

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Many of you already know the importance of backing up your device, whether it be an iPad or an iPhone.  If this is you, I apologize if you’ve heard this before, and I’m happy to hear that you are taking the few minutes it takes to protect your data.  If you’re hearing this for the first time, or if you still haven’t ever backed up your device, pay close attention.  These few easy steps are so painless and important.  Unfortunately,  for some reason many iPad and iPhone owners fail to _ever_ backup their devices.  I have sen this happen time and time again.  Just today I texted a friend of mine who wasn’t sure who I was because he washed his iPhone in the laundry and had lost all his contacts.  I asked him when the last time he backed up his device, and her said never.  Don’t let this happen to you.  It is completely avoidable and only takes a few minutes.

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How to back up your iPad using iCloud or iTunes

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Backing up your iPad is the most important habit you should try to keep with regard to routine maintenance of your device.  It’s the first step in your line of defense before ever attempting any trouble-shooting measures.  Furthermore, it is a prudent operation you should take prior to updating to a different device. By backing up your iPad you instantly have a fail-safe to fall back on in the unlikely event that your iPad is lost, stolen, or has to be replaced for other various reasons.  With back-ups you have a snapshot of the information on your device that makes it possible for you to transfer your data to another iPad.

So this then begs the question–how do you back-up your iPad, and which method will work best for you?  Not all back-up are created equal, so it’s important to know the differences between the two methods.

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How to Transfer Content from an iPad to a new Device

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Every time you make the decision to update an older iPad and purchase a new one of your first considerations is how we you can  seamlessly transfer your current data to a new device without fail.  When approaching this process you have two choices in how to proceed.  You can either use iCloud or iTunes to transfer your selected content between the two devices.

How to Create an iCloud backup of your iPad

If you choose to utilize an iCloud backup to transfer your content to a new iPad the first thing you need to do is to make sure you have a recent iCloud backup. Open the Settings App–> iCloud–>Backup.  Here you can see if/when the most recent iCloud backup was created.  Additionally, at this time you can also choose to initiate a new backup on the fly.

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How to set-up an Apple ID for your iPad

Apple-IDTo use Apple services you need to start with an Apple ID. Your Apple ID is based on an email address you would like to associate with your account.  Your Apple ID is your gateway to adding all kinds of content to your iPad, including Music, Apps, Movies, and Books.   When you set-up your Apple ID you have the option to also use the same ID for your iCloud  services account.  However, this isn’t a requirement.  You can also choose to set-up one Apple ID for for iCloud services, and a separate account for your iTunes, App Store, and iBook Store purchases.

Confused yet?  Apple recommends creating one ID for both services to eliminate some of the confusion.  They caution that using multiple Apple IDs might be confusing and might cause issues with accessing purchased content or using some services.  However, in the event that you still want to keep your services separate, he is a quick and dirty how-to.

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iCloud Tips: How To Create a Shared Photo Stream and Make It a Public Website

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Photo Stream is one of the cool features that are part of Apple’s iCloud service. Shared Photo Streams are one of the best things about Photo Stream. A shared Photo Stream, as the name would imply, lets you easily and almost instantly share a particular set of photos with family and friends.

Even better is this little extra feature in shared photo streams: the ability to make a shared Photo Stream a public website. And it’s very easy to do. Here’s how:

— Open the Settings app on your iPad (or iPhone), scroll down in the left sidebar, and tap on the ‘Photos & Camera’ section

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How To Manage iCloud Storage & Backup on the iPad

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Want to know how big your iCloud backups are? Or how to manage iCloud storage and backup right on your iPad? This is easy to on the iPad.

Here’s how:

— Open the Settings app.

— Tap on the entry for iCloud in the sections listed in the left sidebar. You’ll see the iCloud screen shown above.

— Then tap on the Storage and Backup bar, just above the Delete Account bar at the bottom of the page.

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Updates to iOS and iCloud: More Important than New iPads This Year

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I love a shiny new device as much as the next guy. Probably a heck of a lot more than the next guy when it comes to a new iPad. So I’m as enthusiastic as anyone about the possibility of Apple change their release cycle for the iPad to twice a year and bringing us more new iPads this year. A lighter, thinner standard iPad this year sounds great, an iPad mini with a retina display – even greater.

But I read something this morning that served as a great reminder that the best thing about the iPad is not the hardware or ever-improving processors and displays, or any hardware specs. It’s the software that drives the iPad that has always been, and will always be, one of the most critical factors in making it a great device. And it’s the software side of things that currently needs the most attention – as Rene Ritchie at iMore points out very eloquently.

Over the coming weeks and months, we’re going to be seeing a ton of rumors and leaks, real and fake, about the new iPhones and iPads and other devices Apple is thinking about for this spring and fall. None of them will be as important to Apple, to us, or to the future of Apple’s mobile platforms as iOS 7 and iCloud this summer.

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iWork Suite iPad Apps Updated for iCloud

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The iWork suite of apps for the iPad – Keynote (presentations), Numbers (spreadsheets), and Pages (word processing) – has been updated today, to Version 1.5 for each app.

These updates add iCloud support for the three apps, with these features:

    • Automatically store your documents in iCloud and keep them up to date across all your iOS devices.
    • Download your documents to a Mac or PC at icloud.com/iwork as Pages ’09, Word, or PDF files.
    • Drag and drop Pages ’09, Word, or plain text documents to icloud.com from your Mac or PC to have them automatically appear on your iOS devices.

I’m looking forward to trying this out a bit and seeing how well it works.

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How To Setup Automatic Wireless Downloads for Apps, Music, and Books on iPad and iOS 4.3

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As I mentioned earlier, a few of the slick new iCloud features have already made their way to the iPad and iOS 4.3. Another one that I’ve just been testing out is the ability to setup automatic downloads for apps, music, and books that you purchase. So, for instance, when I buy a new song or album on iTunes on the desktop, it automatically downloads to all of my iOS devices – with no more need to connect to a PC to sync these new items.

I’ve given this a whirl today with songs and apps and it works like a charm. A new song purchased in iTunes on my MacBook Pro shows up and is available to play within less than a minute on my iPad 2. When I added new apps via iTunes on the Mac, it took just a few seconds for them to appear on the iPad.

It’s very simple to setup this feature on an iPad running iOS 4.3.3 or above. Here’s how:

— Go to the Settings app and tap on the Store section in the left pane.

— On the top of the right pane you’ll now see the Automatic Downloads section, where you can turn automatic downloads on and off for Music, Apps, and Books individually.

— There’s a setting below where you can choose to turn on or off the ability to carry out these automatic downloads when you are not connected to WiFi. By default this is set to Off, which is a good way to leave it if you don’t want to run the risk of using up your cellular data plan.

That’s it. Happy auto downloading.

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