Backup 4S/restore to 5; iTunes Backup Bug re: encrypted password
O.K., let me explain that (en)cryptic title:
Gear: 2011 iMac with latest iTunes 10.7 (21). iPhone 4S (latest OS5, not the new OS6).
A while back I noticed that iTunes refused to let me back up to the Mac. On the one hand, I have been backing up to iCloud no problem. However, I learned there are some advantages to backing up to the computer, so I wanted to do both--have a backup in both places.
Anyway, whether or not that was possible, I soon learned there was a major bug with backing up iDevices to computers. It seems iTunes encrypts the backups either without your permission or decides to give it a password you're not aware of. Could be an old one of yours, maybe not.
So, despite hours of searching the web for answers, I cannot reset the 4S' password in iTunes for computer backup (like I said, as far as I know, the iCloud backup is doing fine--it shows recent backups on an ongoing basis etc.). I tried deleting the backup on the iMac, but iTunes still wants the old password before it will make a new one and/or a new password.
My question, therefore, is this: when I get my iPhone 5, will I be able to reset this bug and be able to backup the 5 to the iMac?! Am I right to assume I will have to restore everything from the 4S via iCloud onto the 5 and that the unknown password for encrypted backups to computers won't follow along?!
BTW: I have all my music, movies, and podcasts etc. on my iMac, so, even if they don't get backed up via iCloud, I can still re-import them to the 5. But that's a real pain. I would prefer to use a computer backup--that would restore everything, right?!
I hope that is all clear. The main thing is that I want to know the optimal backup and restore procedure once I get the iPhone 5 so I don't have to write down all the media in order to remember what I have on the 4S (I have a lot of interviews and seminars I have to listen to and I would like to avoid documenting everything--the regular music mp3s are no problem to backup, though).
Thanks for any help y'all can provide!