Sav­ing your senses

Mac Format - - APPLETALK -

I was very in­ter­ested to see your re­ply to Adam Cater­son’s iOS SOS let­ter about his iPhone games (“Is my high score safe?”) in MF277.

I have a sim­i­lar prob­lem with my iPad Air, on which I have a lot of games that I play from time to time. Some are from the App Store, some from Big Fish Games and some were free via Ap­pGratis, while oth­ers, such as Tengami and Mon­u­ment Val­ley, were down­loaded as a re­sult of favourable MacFor­mat reviews.

Ear­lier this year, my iPad Air stopped re­spond­ing, but – with great dif­fi­culty – was re­stored. How­ever, as a re­sult, I lost all progress in my games and had to start from scratch!

We were abroad at the time this hap­pened and I didn’t have my iMac to re­store from, only my hus­band’s Mac­Book Air. Could (or should?) I have waited un­til I was at home again and re­stored my game progress from the syn­chro­nised backup on my iMac? If this is the case, I’d be most grate­ful for a step-by-step walk­through. The restor­ing of my iPad was made much harder by its to­tal re­fusal to re­spond to the close­down in­struc­tion un­til we worked out that the touch zones had ac­tu­ally moved! Susan Plat­ter Matt Bolton says: Wow, sounds like your iPad re­ally had is­sues! As we said at the time, this partly de­pends on the game – some save your progress in iCloud or other net­work ser­vices, so don’t need back­ing up as such to still save your progress. Oth­ers will in­deed be safe when backed up with iTunes on your Mac. Many will also be fine when sim­ply backed up us­ing iCloud backup wire­lessly, but not quite all, in our ex­pe­ri­ence. The most se­cure op­tion is to use some­thing like iEx­plorer or PhoneView be­fore restor­ing – th­ese apps let you browse your iOS de­vice’s files like you would on your Mac, and in­di­vid­u­ally copy and back up any game saves that are par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant to you, so that you can place them back into the de­vice your­self after restor­ing your de­vice. ap­pear to ex­ist what­so­ever in the UK on Google. Can you en­lighten me?

And se­condly, the ‘5 of the best… third-party key­boards’ mini group test: I’m one of the for­tu­nate own­ers of Log­itech’s K750 so­lar key­board for iMac, which not only recharges in bright light, but is almost iden­ti­cal to Ap­ple’s item in terms of colour, de­sign and op­er­a­tion. It’s per­fect, ex­cept that it isn’t back­lit (this is only a mi­nor ir­ri­ta­tion, though!). It cost around £70-80. In my opin­ion, it’s still the best third-party iMac key­board by a coun­try mile; it’s such a shame that Log­itech no longer sell the item… Phil Har­dacre Christo­pher Phin says: Some Grif­fin stuff can turn out to be quite hard to find in the UK – but we don’t al­ways know this when we re­view it. How­ever, as we write this, you can find the Light­ning-equipped iTrip Auto for sale at mo­bile­fun.co.uk. Grif­fin ac­tu­ally has its own eBay store too, which ships to the UK.

And yes, the K750 is in­deed a bit of a mod­ern clas­sic. You can still find it and its cut-down ver­sion (the K760) avail­able to buy, though, for a bit cheaper than when they were new. Sta­ples (sta­ples.co.uk) still had the K750 at the time of writ­ing – maybe you should buy a spare, Phil!

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