My iPad is bricked! It
won’t turn on or do
anything else. What now?
If your iPad is truly DOA, you could
repurpose it as a serving platter for a
nice cheese. But odds are, reviving a
seemingly dead iPad or iPhone is just
a matter of restoring it in i Tunes.
If you regularly sync your device
to a Mac (you do that, right?), the
best course of action is to restore
from your latest backup. To do that,
connect your device and Control-click its name in your i Tunes sidebar.
From the menu, choose Restore from
Backup. In the next window, choose
the most recent backup for that device and click Restore.
After that, your device should be up and at ’em again.
If the device won’t restore or you don’t have a backup,
i Tunes can also restore your device to its factory settings.
You’ll have to spend more time getting things back the
way you like them, but on the plus side, your device will
Restore from Backup will magically restore your iPhone to
have a brand-new lease on life when you’re done. To start
a Restore, select your device in the sidebar, click on the
Summary tab, and hit the Restore button.
My family has loads of iDevices, and I
can’t figure out the best way to sync
everything without causing a mess.
Managing apps on your iOS device can be confusing. How
many Macs can I have an app on? How many iPhones can
I have my apps on? Here’s the skinny. You can authorize
five computers with your i Tunes account. That’s five of any
computer—Mac or Windows—
that’s compatible with i Tunes. If
your family has four computers,
you can all use the same account
on those computers. You can
have that account on as many
iOS devices as you can put on
your credit card. Potentially, you
can have five computers and
50 iPads using the same i Tunes
Here’s where it gets weird.
When syncing an iOS device,
you should always sync it
with the same computer. Always. When you start using
more than one computer to sync, that’s when things get
wacko. Everyone in the house should either use the same
computer to sync with, or they should sync on their own
personal computers with the same i Tunes account as their
iOS device. Once you settle that, don’t change it unless
you have to.
The apps you buy can live on five
authorized computers and an
unlimited number of iOS devices.