Backing up to iTunes, which data is not covered

Arak

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Hello together,
It is about iOS last official release on iPhone 6s and iTunes the latest version released by Apple.
iTunes is going to be used merely to backup all bits and Bytes on iPhone, it means data synchronization with Desktop device apps (this desktop device will be used to make backups, iTunes of course) is not planned. Also iCloud is not used as not interesting.
The question is of all data (all bits and Bytes) in iPhone 6s flash memory which is not included in backups made using iTunes? The goal is to have solution which enables complete iPhone recovery within few mouse clicks.
 

FreakinEurekan

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Backups do not include:
  • Content from the iTunes and App Stores, or PDFs downloaded directly to iBooks (You can back up this content using Transfer Purchases in iTunes.)
  • Content synced from iTunes, like imported MP3s or CDs, videos, books, and photos
  • Photos already stored in the cloud, like My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Library
  • Touch ID settings
  • Apple Pay information and settings
  • Activity, Health, and Keychain data (To back up this content, you'll need to use Encrypted Backup in iTunes.)
From http://support.apple.com/kb/HT204136
 
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Shirasaki

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Also, some games don't let their downloaded comtents be backed up through iTunes. One example is デレステ。
GoodReader don't backup downloaded files.

There are more such examples, based on individual app. Things listed above are are only applicable for stock iOS and stock Apps.
 

Loge

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Just to be clear, GoodReader backup only excludes items in the Downloads folder, all other folders are backed up.
 

Rok73

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Backups do not include:
  • Activity, Health, and Keychain data (To back up this content, you'll need to use Encrypted Backup in iTunes.)
From http://support.apple.com/kb/HT204136
This is wrong. All of it is included in an iCloud backup. I don't have any local backups and just restored my iPhone 6 from iCloud last week and I've got an Apple Watch.

Everything was like I've never had restored it after I've done it.
 
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FreakinEurekan

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This is wrong. All of it is included in an iCloud backup. I don't have any local backups and just restored my iPhone 6 from iCloud last week and I've got an Apple Watch. The box for "encrypted backup" still has to be checked.
The question was specifically about iTunes backups. All iCloud backups are encrypted, there is no box to check.
 
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Arak

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Thanks for all informations from you. In the meantime myself accomplished few usage tests with iTunes on Windows. The iTunes solution definitely does not enable backing up of every bit and Byte of iPhone data. As tiny example the iBook collections and Photos Albums are not being reproduced on iTunes side. It is also not possible to backup iPhone contacts to PC and store them there locally.
It is unclear what happens with data synch to iTunes after user make the PC deauthorization.
So in case of iPhone data crash user has lot work to recover previous state - recovery in few mouse clicks is not possible.
I doubt iCloud meets these requirements.
 

Arak

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What does Content synced from iTunes, like imported MP3s or CDs, videos, books, and photos exactly mean?
Addressed also items stored initially merely on iphone, then synced to desktop iTunes?

How to backup data produced by using 3rd party apps?

or PDFs downloaded directly to iBooks other apps (including 3rd party apps) data imported iBook using import to iBook activity also addressed here?
 
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