Preparing for Upgrade (& Updates too!)
At some point, you will need to prepare for upgrade. We're not talking about pilot position upgrade, but software upgrade.
To clarify, there are two types of "upgrade" in the software world. One is called an update. Updates are usually minor improvements, new features or bug fixes to a current release of software and usually only increments the version number on the right side of the first decimal (version 2.5.1 vs. version 2.6.0). The other, called upgrade, usually refers to a brand new release of software often containing a large number of new features, new user interface and usually a version number change (ie version 2.5.1 vs. version 3.0.0)
Anytime you have an update or upgrade there are some simple steps you should take to prepare for the transition.
Backup to iTunes. Often. When you connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to a computer with iTunes, presuming your settings have been configured in iTunes to create an automatic backup, you will get a backup each time it connects (please note: this has to be specifically configured, otherwise you will manually need to initiate a backup once you connect your device to your computer).
Backup your Mac data. No hard drive is good forever. Make sure you have at least some kind of backup solution for your Mac. We love Dropbox because you can revert easily should something unexpected happen.
Sync between devices. If you have been out flying and making updates on your iOS device, make sure you sync that to your Mac (or other iOS) device before updating any software. This may mean you have to delay an automatic update until you have synced your devices. New as of LTP v6.0, iCloud Sync allows all devices running at least iOS 6.0+ and LTP v6.0+ to be utilizing this synching method (please note: we do recommend utilizing at least one other method of creating backups).
Ok, now you can update or upgrade. To be safe, make sure you take care of steps 1-3 before doing any update or any upgrade with software. This will ensure that your precious flight log data remains accurate and intact. Another way to think of this, is that a pilot flies an instrument approach only after preparing and briefing that approach. Think of updates/upgrades the same way - prepare ahead of time and chances are, it's a much smoother operation!