My wife and I each have an iPhone 6s (plus in my case) synced to our individual MBPs…all have up to date OS, iTunes, and applications on the phone. Each laptop has a somewhat out of date (since iTunes abandoned application management) Mobile Applications folder and each laptop has iMazing2 installed.
We live in our RV full time…and hence bandwidth is limited and costly.
What I’m trying to do is figure out the best way to replace our phones with the soon to be released models without having to download all applications again from the App Store. I’m having trouble figuring out the best way even after googling and discussions with the iMazing2 support folks but here’s what I think I know so far.
I can use iTunes to restore the backup of the old phone to the new one…but since it doesn’t manage apps anymore all that will get put on the new phone is home screen layout and what apps are installed then all apps will get downloaded from the App Store.
I can use iMazing2 to clone the old phone to the new one but it’s not clear whether the new phone will get the current versions apps cloned from the old phone, the out of date versions from the iTunes Mobile Applications folder, or the either old (or current if I import the apps into iMazing2 and then update them in it’s library from the App Store) or current versions of the apps from iMazing2’s library.
Has anybody tried this since the death of iTunes app management…does this just work like a lot of Apple stuff does or am I just one of those edge cases that have limited bandwidth and fall out of the mainstream of device upgrading?
Any great ideas appreciated…so far the best option appears to be going the iMazing2 clone route but import and update the apps in its library before doing the hardware upgrade.