Ignoring issues that occur with local computers (drive failures, 3 year olds, meteors, etc.) are there clear benefits to backing up an iDevice to iCloud? One I can think of is being able to restore from anywhere, but I've only restored a couple of times in the past four years so I consider that a convenience. I reviewed the iCloud backup feature set at http://www.apple.com/icloud/features/apps-books-backup.html and it appears similar to a local backup. I may just be too old and set in my ways but I understand local backups and am comfortable with them and managing them. Moving to a cloud-based platform for backups adds a number of additional layers and risk (IMHO). For example, I know when I plug in the cable and when. But with automatic daily backups when plugged in do folks check to see if they complete successfully? I don't plug mine in daily and I'm curious if the backups are a delta or if there is so little data moved that it is always a full backup. I backed up my iPhone via a cable and and iPad via WiFi. I don't know which is which yet, but one backup is 83MB and the other is 1.6GB. With the various iDevices we have, if that larger backup is the norm then I don't want to push that much data out the door. Also is there versioning? Locally I have a number of backups to choose from but is there only one in the cloud and if for some reason it isn't restorable then ??? Thanks for your thoughts. Sorry if this has all been asked before. I did some quick searching but nothing of any depth.