N00b moment of panic, and then relief: an iPhone restore tale
I got my 3G S on July 2, and love my iPhone more by the day. I've loaded up 40+ apps, all my contacts, wallpapers, yada yada. It's been a perfect relationship so far, all honeymoon.
So tonight I saw the notice of 3.0.1 and figure I'll upgrade. First, the firmware download fails via iTunes three or four times. Then, the extract & install begins, and fails. I get a pretty picture of a USB cable on my iPhone, and an iTunes CD graphic. I shut down & restart iTunes only to be greeted by a message that I need to restore my iPhone. No, please no. I foresaw everything being wiped, and getting only my apps back via sync.
But much to my surprise, glee, and total relief: everything was restored to my iPhone *whew*. All contacts, wallpapers, notes, my pics in Picture Safe - hell, even my career progress in AC-130 & Ferrari Evolution - was restored! Can't tell you how relieved I am. But also, on the flip side, I'm a tad freaked cuz I now know how totally reliant I am on, and addicted to, my iPhone.
Props to the Apple developers for making the iPhone backup & restore via iTunes as total & complete as one could ever want.
PS: if there's a sticky somewhere on these forums for iPhone noobs, one tip might be: fear not if ye must restore, for all your content shall reappear.