Apple ID, backups and device behavior


I have an (old) Ipad, used by my parent. I own (and manage) her apple id and her backups on itunes. I am planning to get her another ipad however I am not sure if I can stage the new Ipad to match the changes of the old one (games mainly which do not currently use Game Center :) ) before I get access to it.

I will have have my hands on the old ipad in a couple of weeks but I want to buy the new one and prepare it with the (not-so-up-to-date) backup that I have. This backup has thousands of photos so if I can prepare the ipad beforehand, it'll be great.

Please advice if that makes sense and if you have any pointers.

Else, should I wait and do this:
1. Buy the new ipad, wait until I have physical access to the old one.
2. Back up the old one.
3. Use that backup to prepare the new one.

Note that I am not using iClouds

Thank you in advance
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William FulksSystems Analyst & WebmasterCommented:
See if you can get ahold of the old one and do a fresh backup of it. The process doesn't take all that long, then once you get the new one you can set it all up. Either that or just setup the new one from the old backup, then run the backup/restore process again once you have both iPads in hand.

Bottom line - the new iPad should be able to run everything the old one did, and more!

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bozerAuthor Commented:
Hi William, thanks for the details.

I guess it's best to hold off the staging for now. I'll just boot up the new ipad when I buy it and play with it to see if there's any faults with it. I guess my wait plan would be best after all.
Justin BradshawOwnerCommented:
To achieve what you want (asynchronous and geographically different data transfer) , iCloud backup is the way to go. Just have her AppleID do a backup and then restore with that ID on the new one. Definitely the best, easiest and simplest way to go. And you can change everything over to your ID after the restorers you want.
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