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Since the birth of iOS devices, that would be the iPhone, iPod Touch and original iPad, these portable devices were portable in nearly all respects, save one, syncing and updating. When you wanted to put new content on the things, or update their software, by gum, you did it by stringing a cable between the devices in your computer, firing up iTunes and starting the process. No longer, with iOS 5 and later, you can update and sync iOS devices without the benefit of wires. Here's how. Updating an iPad wirelessly is dead simple.
With your iPad connected to a WiFi network, launch Settings, tap General, and then tap Software Update. If an update is available, just tap Update, and the update will download to your device and be installed. It's a good idea to do this with the iPad connected to a power source, as some updates are pretty big and they can drain your battery. And that's it. Of course, if no update is available and that's most of the time, this is the kind of screen you'll see, telling you that your software is up to date. Now, let's move back to the Home screen and then over to the Mac.
Wireless syncing is nearly as easy. To set it up, you must connect your iPad to your computer and launch iTunes. Now, select the iPad in iTunes source list, and make sure that you're viewing the Summary tab, as we are here. Scroll down the page and under Options, enable the Sync with this iPad over Wi-Fi option and click Apply. You can now unplug your iPad. You notice that the iPad still remains in the source list, that's because you've turned on wireless syncing. One thing you don't want to do is click the Eject icon next to the iPad's icon, as this will sever the connection between the two.
We'll return to the iPad and launch Settings, and then General, and then tap on iTunes Wi-Fi Sync. In the screen that appears, you'll see the name of the computer you've chosen to sync to it, along with the Sync Now button. Tap this button and the iPad will indeed sync with your computer, provided that it's running its copy of iTunes. By default, your iPad will sync with iTunes whenever it's plugged into power and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the computer it's synced with, and again, that computer has a copy of iTunes running.
And recall that this is a two-way street, if you've added apps or media to your iPad, those items will be synced back to your computer. And that's it, the secret of wireless updates and syncing on the iPad.
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