A reader, Shanon, asks: “After reading your article regarding iPhone holding a charge, I wanted to ask you about same issue for my iPad. A few weeks ago, my iPad started losing battery power very quickly. I would work on it while keeping it plugged in and charging, but the battery continued to drain. I have backed it up to my Mac in hopes of saving mainly pictures if it dies. I don't really understand the cloud, but read that if I back it up to iCloud, it will be much easier to transfer data and pictures to a new iPad. Do you have an opinion or thoughts on this?”
Thanks for writing, Shanon! On the battery front, depending on how many years you’ve owned it, it certainly sounds like the iPad battery is wearing out. It can be replaced for a fee if it’s out of warranty at an Apple Store (for around $99) or perhaps less at a store such as Ubreakit, which specializes in this sort of thing.
On the photos / backups: backing up to iCloud or backing up manually to the computer is pretty much the same thing in terms of your most important data, it’s just two different options to store the same data. If your iPad is already backed up to your Mac recently, you should be safe. If you get a new iPad or your iPad dies and you have to restore the data on it after installing a new battery, iTunes will ask you which backup you want to use to restore your data. You’ll want to choose the backup you did to the computer if that’s the latest backup. (Personally, I back up all my stuff to my computer because I don’t trust iCloud 100 percent to store my most important stuff and as some articles, note, the iCloud option isn’t typically a complete backup).
If photos are the primary thing you’re worried about losing, you could look into a service such as Google Photos or Dropbox, which offer a set amount of automatic online backing up of photos. If you’re an Amazon Prime, member, Amazon offers unlimited photo storage.
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