The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Why can't you backup, then download?

My iPad is low of charge, so I plug it into the Mac as I usually do in such situations. As soon as I do, iTunes pops up this message:

There are purchased items on the iPad “Sean Conner's iPad” that have not been transferred to your iTunes library. You should transfer these items to your iTunes library before updating this iPad. Are you sure you want to continue?

The “Cancel” button is highlighted, but I do have the option to hit the “Continue” button.


How hard could it be to do this?

There are purchased items on the iPad “Sean Conner's iPad” that have not been transferred to your iTunes library. This iPad will automatically be backed up before it is updated. Are you sure you want to continue?

Because that is most likely what I want to do.

Usually when this happens, I hit “Cancel,” then backup the iPad, unplug it, then plug it back in to get the new iPad software to download.

Or, short of that, why can't I backup the iPad while the new version of iOS downloads? I only have 36 minutes left (out of a 42-minute download) that that's plenty of time to backup the iPad. But noooooooooooooooo! It is incapable of doing this.

I thought Apple was better than this.

Update later today …

iTunes did a backup of the iPad anyway. What a poorly written warning.

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