Syncing two iPhones, two users, and one shared iPad2 with iCloud, iOS5
Posted on 2011-10-15
I'm a little confused over the relationship between iTunes-to-device syncing and iCloud-to-device syncing and how they overlap (if not the same).
My wife and I each just got an iPhone 4S. Previously, we did not have iPhones, but we did share one iPad2. I am curious what the best way to sync our devices is going forward given the following scenario:
We used to share the iPad, and still do. We both have many apps and data (notes, pictures, etc) that we share on the iPad. We have used one iTunes account for everything to date, my iTunes account.
However, now that we both have iPhones with iCloud, the first thing I noticed when I synced my iPhone with my computer using my iTunes account, is that all of our shared data/apps from the iPad are now synced to my iPhone.
My wife created her own iTunes account for use with iCloud, so that we could each get 5GB of storage, vs sharing the same account like we do on the iPad. However, she would like to sync with the iPad content going forward (since she's the primary user of the iPad, even though it had previously used my iTunes account). I imagine there's a way to just un-pair it from my account and pair it to hers? Any unintended consequences to this? Alternatives?
The other issue is that with iCloud, I presume that all the pictures that she takes of our kids with her phone will be stored to her iCloud account, and all of my pictures of the kids to mine. Is there a way to sync just our pictures with one anothers', but keep the rest of our data from the devices silo'ed in our respective iCloud accounts (notes, to-do lists, apps, etc)?