I just bought a new iPad Air and wondered if Migration Assistant is on it, and where I find it?

I am trying to move all of my data from a MacBook Pro to the iPad Air.

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    Just out of curiosity, did you purchase this iPad Air from an official Apple store or at any point discuss the benefits of an iPad Air with anyone officially with Apple? The reason I ask is I live in NYC and the last few times I have been in official Apple stores I have heard staff on the floor give some utterly horrible and misleading advice about what a modern iPad is versus what a MacBook is; a lot of implication that they are “one to one” replacements for each other. – Giacomo1968 Nov 30 '20 at 2:30
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    I believe the OP is posting from ten years in the future after Apple finally gave the iPadOS useful computing capabilities. – John Churchill Nov 30 '20 at 3:02
  • @Giacomo1968 I don't disagree with you, but I suspect from their perspective that an increasing majority of the people asking that question spend 99% of their time using a web browser or a handful of apps that have direct iPad equivalents (i.e people who might not care if you replaced their MacBook with a Chromebook), and for those people, it really might come down to which form factor they prefer. That doesn't mean they don't need to do a better job asking questions to figure out whether their customer falls into that category first though. – Zach Lipton Nov 30 '20 at 5:32
  • What do you mean by "all my data", exactly? Remember that iOS/iPadOS does not have a traditional file-system (the "Files" app is not a true filesystem browser): iOS's UX is fundamentally built around "application silos" where each app owns its own data: users cannot explore each app's data-silo (for better and for worse), let alone import into or export data out of those silos unless an app specifically allows for certain kinds of limited file-sharing. – Dai Nov 30 '20 at 12:38
  • @Dai “Remember that iOS/iPadOS does not have a traditional file-system…” many people — and it seems the original poster — do not know that. Thus questions like this are valid from a very high level. – Giacomo1968 Nov 30 '20 at 14:58

There is no migration tool to import from an Mac to an iPad. Signing both in to iCloud enables bi-directional file sync as well as other structured data for select apps and files.

Also, the wired and wireless sync has grown up substantially from where it was initially using iTunes to move files to the iPhone and iPad and iPod.

  • Won't an app like iExplorer allow you to transfer files? – jmh Nov 30 '20 at 15:45
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    I suppose @jmh but now that everyone knows the filesystem structure is unix based, but sandboxed, the need for transfer apps is lessened in my experience. Especially since you can mount SMB and attach bulk storage to the iPad and transfer files in and out. Perhaps I should edit that detail in. – bmike Nov 30 '20 at 16:13

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