Age-OLD Question - why DOES it take so long to backup and sync?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Slip Jigs, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. Slip Jigs, Oct 15, 2011
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    Slip Jigs macrumors 6502a

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    Nothing has changed all that much on either my phone or computer. A few app updates. After an hour, I'm finally up to Step 5 of 5.

    This is not a new issue, of that I'm aware. But WHY? What actually is IN the backup file anyway - basically a compressed disc image if you will of my phone? And the syncing for Pete's sake - how much processing time does it really need to see that I've only updated a few apps on the phone and nothing else?

    Is it because it's been two months since the last one? Would it help if I did it every other day?

    Sorry, I guess I'm just pissy - with all this innovation and all the advancements, there are still so many things that just plain don't work worth a crap. And that extends to all computers and platforms, programs, blah blah. Don't you think it's about time these things were behind us?

    Edit: OK It's finally done, now I'm downloading 5.0. Anyone wanna bet that it will want to go through the whole thing all over again?
     
  2. foxdougan macrumors newbie

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    When I first installed iOS 5 there were a whole load of other updates to download, then syncing my photos to iCloud, then the photos were downloading to my other iDevices while I was trying to actually use my Internet for browsing at the same time. So when first using iCloud, everything was crawling at a snail's pace.

    Still, syncing in general is slow, so I set it to wifi sync before I go to bed, that way in the morning it is all done!
     
  3. Slip Jigs thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    And now it will sync over WIFI if it's plugged in, correct? That's cool.

    My update kept hanging on Backup, so I had to Restore, then Restore the first backup I just done did. Almost done, maybe I'll finally get to play with iOS 5
     
  4. Four oF NINE macrumors 68000

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    TWO MONTHS!! Holy cow!..Ya think?! ... wow,.. yeah..
    I do a sync at least twice a week and it zips right through.
     
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  6. blueroom macrumors 603

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    I'm assuming you're running iTunes on Windows. Backs up pretty quickly for me on Lion.
     
  7. urkel macrumors 68030

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    Its still pretty slow on Lion, and the WiFi sync is even slower but I wont complain because at least now we are allowed to use our phones while it syncs.

    What I really dont understand is why there's no podcast subscriptions built into iOS because thats pretty much the only reason I still need to sync to a computer.
     
  8. Slip Jigs thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    But what difference shold that make if very little has changed? Is it the text messages and emails? I dont see why emails would need to be a part of the backup file, but maybe they are.
     

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