Re: NEW Apple Lady has a few questions (multiple answers encouraged)
Tl;dr Short version: multiple backups - both local (on your computer), and cloud based (in iCloud), could very well be an important data saving thing. 👍✌
Originally Posted by warcraftWidow
Long version: I second the above advice about doing/having multiple backups - both a local backup, and an iCloud backup. From my recent experience, my only backup for my phone that I had was one on my computer - and it was either corrupted, or otherwise incompatible with the 6s Plus that I got on Friday. When I tried to activate the 6s Plus by restoring it from that backup of my old phone in iTunes, I got a message saying almost exactly that - that the backup was corrupted or incompatible with the device that I was attempting to restore it with. As a result (which was my fault for having only the one backup, and not enabling features such as Photo Stream) I lost everything - photos, videos, texts, and app data such as game saves/progress. Also, my phone activation ended up being borked during the restore process - to the point where my device ended up not having been registered with my carrier, so that my new phone was without cell service (where it normally says your carrier's name/signal strength/ network speed in the top left corner of the screen, it said 'no service' instead).
If I would've had additional backups, such as an iCloud backup, then I more than likely would still have some/most of this data intact, I think. In the end I wound up doing online chat with an Apple tech support specialist, and afterwards going to my carrier store, to have the no cellular service/activation issue resolved...
As well, one of the Apple tech's recommendations during the chat was to make/have an iCloud backup....
....Yeah, I definitely could have benefited from a 'Captain Obvious' type moment at some point before this all happened....