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Dear Aunt TUAW: The quick hit edition

Erica Sadun, @ericasadun
February 28, 2012
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Dear Aunt TUAW,


How can I move books purchased at the Apple store from my library in my iPad to my drop box so I can share them with my friends?

Your loving niece,

Jacqueline

Dear Jacqueline,

You can't. Apple books use FairPlay DRM. Although this protection has been cracked by the Brahms Requiem app in recent days, those books are only for you to use, not for you to share with your friends.

Hugs,

Auntie T.

Dear Aunt TUAW,

How long after launch does it take for Apple to sell refurbished products, do you think?? Is it worth waiting for the refurb of the iPad 3 after it launches or will it take too long?

Your loving nephew,

Konstantinos

Dear Konstantinos,

It usually takes several months for the refurb channels to fill and units to start appearing on Apple's store. Auntie's guessing you should see refurbished next-gen iPads (whether or not they are called "iPad 3") for sale around September, in the run-up to this year's Christmas shopping season.

Hugs,

Auntie T.

Dear Aunt TUAW,

If the iPad 3 includes 4G, what is the possibility that us AT&T unlimited 3G data users will be grandfathered to unlimited 4G?

Your loving nephew,

Kevin D.

Dear Kevin,

Auntie's thinking "no freaking way" as her best guess. AT&T is grasping for ways to pay for buildout of that 4G network and Auntie doubts that grandfathering in iPhone holdouts will happen.

Hugs,

Auntie T.

Dear Aunt TUAW,

Do you have any idea when Mountain Lion may be released? I wouldn't mind buying a new iMac in a year -- do you think it might be out by then?

Your loving nephew,

Adam

Dear Adam,

Auntie's thinking around WWDC-ish time. Say June or July this year. As for next year, they'll probably be shipping the next generation OS X LOLcat on new iMacs by next summer.

Hugs,

Auntie T.

Dear Aunt TUAW,

Many of my friends and I spent the last few days looking through the capabilities of Messages Beta.... love what we see... and love what all you've posted about it. The thing i think i'm missing from your posts is how to sync all devices... We finally got it all working seamlessly... all devices under one AppleID seeing all conversations, past & present...just like it was supposed to be from the beginning...but it wasn't as easy as Apple made it look in their iOS 5 commercials. Maybe others are having the same problems we did and you guys could post some tips making it easy. I'm happy to share my experience if needed.

Your loving nephew,

Chad

Dear Chad,

Here's a handy guide.

Hugs,

Auntie T.

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