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The Unauthorized Guide to iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod® Repair: A DIY Guide to Extending the Life of Your iDevices! by Timothy L. Warner

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3. Protecting Your iDevice User Data and Settings

Have you ever brought in an iDevice (or a computer, for that matter) to a repair center for service? It is a vulnerable feeling, isn’t it? After all, not everyone is as rigorous about backing up our data as you and I are. “What will happen to my stuff?” appears to be the most common fear of the customer.

As a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) iDevice technician you need to be ultra-mindful of the user’s environment on their iDevices. In general, human beings detest change, and most iOS device users don’t want anything to mess with their accustomed methods for getting from point A to point B on their devices.

This chapter describes the basic mechanics of iDevice backup and restoration. I cover only full-device ...

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