Other Downgrading to a 4 while I wait...

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  1. Oliwatts macrumors newbie

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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?
     
  2. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    No, as long as you have free iCloud space, backup will remain.
     
  3. gadget123 macrumors 68020

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  4. Appl3FTW macrumors 603

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    Cheaper probably, save money.

    It actually makes sense to buy the XR if ur not an apple junkie. If u just want an iPhone that works, XR is ur bet.
     
  5. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    With that mindset even a 7 works
     
  6. Appl3FTW macrumors 603

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    FACTS... 8 series really is ur best bet if u don’t need faceid. Touchid is perfectly fine.
     
  7. EugW macrumors 603

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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.
     
  8. pika2000 macrumors 601

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    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.
     
  9. now i see it macrumors 68040

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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.
     
  10. akash.nu macrumors 604

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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.
     
  11. AppleHaterLover macrumors 68000

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    Please try to avoid people’s heads when you inevitably throw it out of anger.
     
  12. kevink2 macrumors 65816

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    It all depends on carrier. If on T-Mobile, the Xr is probably the best choice for a "budget" iPhone.
     
  13. Ivabign macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  14. Oliwatts thread starter macrumors newbie

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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
     
  15. EugW macrumors 603

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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.
     
  16. AppleHaterLover macrumors 68000

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    I think you can get a 5S for less than $100 these days...
     
  17. EugW macrumors 603

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    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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