How to Transfer iPhone/iPad apps to New MacBook Pro?

I recently purchased a new MacBook Pro. I need to synch my iPhone and iPad with it but don't know how to "move" everything from the old Mac to the new one. When I connect the iPhone/iPad to the new Mac the on-screen instructions scare me when they mention replacing everything on my iPhone/iPad with what is on the new Mac, which is nothing. I have read the instructions but am confused, mostly afraid I will lose it all. I have backups on the old Mac. I would appreciate any advice or reassurance.
R. Martin

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I'm guessing that you ignored the question

"Do you want to transfer data from your old Mac to the new one" when you first started up this new MB Pro.

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I didn't give you enough info. Sorry.

Thank you for the reply. Sorry I didn't give you enough info. I didn't run the migration assistant because the display on my old Mac was shot. That's why I bought the new one. I know that I can use Target mode and still see what's on the old Mac. I transfer all of the iTunes songs in Target mode, but what about the synch info? Can it be transferred using the Target mode? I now have a good bit of stuff on my new Mac so not sure I want to use migration assistant now.

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The dead monitor would not make

and difference to the Target Mode and the transfer of all your stuff, but.

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Alright! I'm in good shape now. Thanks a lot.

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(NT) You're welcome
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but if the OP registers his Mac Book to iTunes (makes it so iTunes recognizes his user name and account), wouldn't then everything be backed up once he connects his iPhone? Every time I connect my iPhone to my Mac an automatic backup happens onto the Mac. As far as iTunes music, there is an option to either manually manage the music or to automatically sync and copy music files when the device is connected to the computer. All of the "copying" and "backup" steps should happen automatically when the device is connected.

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the iPhone backup does not go "up there"

it just remains on the computer that you are attached to.
Moving to another computer, without moving the iTunes folder, will result in a first iPhone sync that wipes out all the Apps and music that is currently on the iphone

Once Lion and the iCloud come into effect, your idea will work wonderfully


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