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The second beta of iOS 16 that was released to developers today introduces support for backing up over LTE, according to Apple's release notes for the update.

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Apple says that iPhone and iPad users are now able to back up their devices over an LTE connection, in addition to a 5G or WiFi connection.

Since iOS 15, Apple has allowed customers to choose to back up their devices using 5G if a WiFi connection is unavailable, but the option was not present for LTE connections.

LTE connections can be slower and backups can use quite a bit of data, but many cellular plans available today offer unlimited data usage, facilitating LTE backups.

Article Link: iOS 16 Beta 2 Adds Support for Backing Up Over LTE
 
If your photos and files already are synched then what other big things is going to get backed up on a regular basis?

Checking account bills, paying for all those data overages for using this feature.

OR time waiting for cellular transmission because the cellular backups have eaten up the 5G data and maybe LTE (limits), so one is throttled down to the slower options for the rest of the period. ;)

If this is ON in the iOS release, it seems like something to manually turn off and use wifi (for backups) instead... unless whatever data you are creating on a mobile device is so important that immediate backups via cellular are very important to you.
 
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apparatchik

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I pay € 17,98 for unlimited voice + full speen 5G data + I don‘t know how many min for intl. calls.

Austria is extremely cheap. Has always been.

Yep, I pay 10 USD a month for unlimited voice, text and data on social networks, youtube, etc. plus enough additional data to spare (10 GB in my case, as I work from home) here in Mexico, roaming in US & Canada is included, for $5 extra it includes the Apple Watch cellular plan, I really can't believe some people pay $100+ in the States.
 

GermanSuplex

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Backups have really been working great the last two or three years. I used to have these ginormous backups on my iPhone, something like 16GB sometimes. I think it was with how backups handled iCloud data... sometimes, it would back things up redundantly that didn't need to be, because they were already stored in iCloud or the iTunes/App stores.

At any rate, my 256GB iPhone backup is less than 2GB, and a good chunk of that data doesn't change from backup to backup, so backing up over LTE should be much more feasible for folks now than it was a few years ago. At least in the states, anyways, where many companies cap unlimited data at 20GB or so before throttling your speeds.
 
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DreadedFun

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I love how many people are angry about having more choices. Backup is done once a day and usually when you’re sleeping. If you had problems with using too much data, you probably already turned off cellular backup
 

BuffaloTF

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Yep, I pay 10 USD a month for unlimited voice, text and data on social networks, youtube, etc. plus enough additional data to spare (10 GB in my case, as I work from home) here in Mexico, roaming in US & Canada is included, for $5 extra it includes the Apple Watch cellular plan, I really can't believe some people pay $100+ in the States.

$35 for Unlimited data, voice, SMS, roam like home in Mexico and Canada and 5 GB of 5G (or the highest available) data in 210 countries, shifts to unlimited 3G after 5 gigs, plus unlimited international texting, and flat rate 10 cents per minute for international calls. I’m fine with that price.
 
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DreadedFun

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Checking account bills, paying for all those data overages for using this feature.

OR time waiting for cellular transmission because the cellular backups have eaten up the 5G data and maybe LTE (limits), so one is throttled down to the slower options for the rest of the period. ;)

If this is ON in the iOS release, it seems like something to manually turn off and use wifi (for backups) instead... unless whatever data you are creating on a mobile device is so important that immediate backups via cellular are very important to you.
iPhones already do backup over cellular and it is done usually once a day at night. Not all the time as you suggest.
 
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