iPad to iMac

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  1. Tfstairs

    Tfstairs iPF Novice

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    So I have had an iPad since they became available. I will be making the switch from PC to iMac very soon. Will any of the apps on my iPad transfer to the iMac to be used on that system? I'm guessing no because the operating systems are different. That should let you know the depth of my hardcore computer knowledge. I'm just surface scratcher....
     
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    wytey iPad Junkie

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    unfortunately you are correct, no they won't, but you will find a lot of decent free apps in the app store that will do most of what you need

    that is for both the iPad, iMac and MacBook
     
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    richsadams iPad Super Guru

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    As you wisely concluded and Wytey confirmed, applications are not interchangeable between iOS devices (iPad, iPod, iPhone) and Macs...although many of the same applications do exist for both platforms (as well as Windows) and generally work well to seamlessly together.

    There's been a great and spirited discussion about switching to a Mac on another thread...might be of interest...

    http://www.ipadforums.net/anything-goes/28643-switch-mac.html

    FWIW I'd wager that you will love the iMac! :)
     
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    Max iPad Enthusiast

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    I'm a little confused, are you asking if the app files on your PC can be transferred to you Mac?
    Yes, they can. Here's support on apples website.

    apple support, transfer from pc to Mac

    Or the simplest way is to just backup you iTunes folder to a flash drive and import music, movies and the mobile applications folder manually to your new iMac.
     
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    richsadams iPad Super Guru

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    The OP asked about "apps", not files. But if he actually meant "files", then yes, that's correct, many/most files work between the applicable programs (apps) on a Mac and an iPad.
     
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    Everything "syncs" through iTunes, right? So when I plug into the iMac with the iPad all of the info will be directed through iTunes and accordingly sync with the appropriate matching apps/files. Yes?
     
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    Yes and no. You can automatically sync some files, music, videos, audiobooks, podcasts and photos for example. However other files will require some "manual" direction on your part. What that will require is dependent on the application in question.

    It's really not any different than dealing with files between computers. For the most part you have to decide where files will be saved even though both computers may have the same software applications.

    You might want to have a look at these topics to get a better feel for how things work between your iPad and a computer...

    iPad User Guide

    Otherwise using the search feature of this forum will probably turn up some of the answers you might need going forward.
     

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