[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.
I haven’t been the biggest fan of iCloud. I have never felt like I fully trust it, and have chosen to use Dropbox instead of or in addition to iCloud when dealing with settings for apps data sync and similar subjects. Until yesterday that is; now my view of iCloud has changed quite a bit.
Yesterday I decided to put iCloud Backup & Restore to the test on my iPad, and I am hugely impressed with the results. I had been planning to install the iOS 6 GM on my iPad for several days and finally got round to it yesterday. I knew that I could not update to this developer build so I would have to do a restore to get it installed.
I’ve been using iCloud backup for some time now, but I was worried about the sheer quantity of apps and apps data on my iPad when it comes time to do a restore. Even after a major apps trimming session I was still at 207 apps and right around 25GB used by them.