Other Downgrading to a 4 while I wait...

Oliwatts

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hi

Wondered if anyone has any experience with iCloud backups when doing a mega downgrade.

Need to return my Xs bought via iUP and wait for the Xr.

I will be using an iPhone 4 until 26th Oct.

Plan to do an encrypted iTunes backup until then but was wondering if iCloud backups are erased after a certain period?
 

EugW

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IIRC the iPhone 4 is problematic on some networks because you can’t manually change all the APS settings.

There apparently are ways around it but YMMV.
 

pika2000

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hi

Wondered if anyone has any experience with iCloud backups when doing a mega downgrade.

Need to return my Xs bought via iUP and wait for the Xr.

I will be using an iPhone 4 until 26th Oct.

Plan to do an encrypted iTunes backup until then but was wondering if iCloud backups are erased after a certain period?
Not sure if the backup would work with a much older iOS. Best to just use the 4 as a new phone, keeping things at a minimum while waiting for the XR and then restore your Xs backup. Plus, depending on the size, the backup might not restore if your iPhone 4 has a much lower capacity.
 

now i see it

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iPhone 4 can't run iOS 12. There won't be a way to restore it from the iOS 12 backup made on the XS.
It'll have to be set up as new running iOS 7. Holy crap.
 
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akash.nu

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One doesn’t have to restore from a backup while using another device. OP might want to keep the backup for when he upgraded eventually and just use the iPhone 4 just like that in the mean time.
 

kevink2

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It all depends on carrier. If on T-Mobile, the Xr is probably the best choice for a "budget" iPhone.
 

Ivabign

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IIRC the iPhone 4 is problematic on some networks because you can’t manually change all the APS settings.

There apparently are ways around it but YMMV.
I read that some carriers aren’t allowing earlier phones to activate on their systems due to incompatibility with LTE (Verizon for example) I was looking for a new old stock 4 to keep around due to its significance design-wise and was told I couldn’t activate it. I wasn’t planning on it, but good to know.
 
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Oliwatts

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I’m having eye strain issues with the OLED screen. Just need something to tide me over until a proper LCD screen is available
 
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EugW

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Please try to avoid people’s heads when you inevitably throw it out of anger.
Even if I could get it activated and working properly, I don’t think I could use a 4 or 4S for any extended period of time. I think the absolute bare minimum for me would be a 5.
 

AppleHaterLover

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Even if I could get it activated and working properly, I don’t think I could use a 4 or 4S for any extended period of time. I think the absolute bare minimum for me would be a 5.
I think you can get a 5S for less than $100 these days...
 

EugW

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I think you can get a 5S for less than $100 these days...
My wife will be going from a 6s to an SE for about 2-3 weeks before her XR comes.

The SE will be totally fine performance wise (since it has the same SoC as the 6s) but I think the size will drive her nuts. She's not a good phone typist, and the smaller keyboard on the SE will probably make things even worse for her.
 
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