[Update: If like me, you are on a beta version of iOS and got your iPhone X today, then you are out of luck. There are no iOS 11.2 beta versions available for the X yet. This means you will NOT be able to restore from a backup until one is released. Your only other option would be to downgrade your older device, back it up, and restore from that file.
This is a bad move from Apple that completely ignores developers and power users. I hope they rectify this later today.]
Tomorrow is the big day! iPhone Xs will be showing up in the hands of users and the real fun will begin. Well, at least for those who take care of a few things first. For those who don’t, there may be a lot of sitting and waiting involved. The wise among you will take a little time to think about how you are going to setup your new iPhone, because some of the steps may take a little time without some preparation.
Backing up is something that you don’t think about until it’s ALL you can think about. You don’t really need it until the day comes when a device fails, and then you REALLY need it. As the old adage says, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In that spirit, let’s take a look at what you can do to be sure you are prepared when the day comes that you need that backup right away.
I took a leap last week and jumped onto iOS 8 beta 2, and although I was really impressed with the new QuickType keyboard and Continuity features, a few of my essential apps still aren’t compatible with the beta. Luckily, I had a double set of backups to return to: one in iCloud and one in iTunes.
I’ve tried iCloud backups before and they work well enough, but they also take up a lot of time. You’ve got to wait for all of your apps to download again, and apps that sync with cloud services (e.g. Evernote) don’t always remember your login credentials after you restore.
So this time around I decided to try restoring from my manual iTunes backup, from the night before I decided to try iOS 8. The downgrade to iOS 7 went off without a hitch, but I was a little spooked to find a very blank iPad upon my first restart. There were two pages of apps, but each screen was nearly empty, and consisted only of the default Apple apps.