Anticipating delivery of an iPhone 7, I am looking into the question of whether I should perform a new setup and reinstall everything from scratch or restore a backup. The debate is rather old and there are ardent advocates of both alternatives. Since reinstalling everything is very time consuming, I am considering a middle-ground alternative which is described in the following steps. 1. Install iOS 10.0.1 on the iPhone 6s. 2. "Reset All Settings" on the iPhone 6s. 3. Perform an encrypted backup of the iPhone 6s with iTunes. 4. Setup and activate the iPhone 7. 5. Restore the encrypted iTunes backup on the iPhone 7. The intended objective is to maximize the health of the system without having to endure the process of reinstalling 179 apps. The reasoning behind step 2 is not to carry unto the backup settings of the older hardware that might potentially cause issues with the new hardware. All comments are welcome but I have a particular question. With a view towards maximizing system health and minimizing potential issues, is it better to choose “Restore from iTunes Backup” during the initial setup process or select “Set Up as New iPhone” and then restore the encrypted iTunes backup? Thank you for your help.