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Got time to spare? Back up your iPhone

Mel Martin
02.03.09
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Drip, drip, drip. It seems like a lot of people are getting very s l o o o w backups when syncing their iPhones again. This was a major complaint with older versions of the firmware, but most of those problems seemed to disappear when version 2.1 and 2.2 came out. Now with 2.2.1 Apple support boards are hearing from a lot of steamed users wondering why the backup process is taking many minutes, or in some cases, hours.

It's hard to believe the backup process is incremental. I backed up yesterday, then again today. Both backups took almost 30 minutes. I only have about 20 images on the phone, and 4 pages of apps. An incremental backup should make short work of that process, but it crawls along like it's doing something really important. Maybe it is, but it really shouldn't take this long to do a simple update of the data.

Yes, you can kill any backup, but then you have no backup. What's the sense of that? A wise iPhone user will not start a backup of their phone right before leaving to catch an important flight, that's for sure.

How have your experiences with iPhone backups been lately?

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