Thank you guys for posting this.
I too am wondering why Apple ditched the multiple-backup/multiple-session/whatever-you-wanna-call-it-bite-me in iTunes. I think its yet another bungle from the iOS/iTunes team. First they couldn't get LiveUpdate and playlist orders right ... think they fixed that now, but I got so frustrated checkin in on it, I gave it up for good.
Now they take away our backups. What apes get paid to work at Apple these days? The multiple backups allowed us to RESTORE our iPhones to a state where we KNOW there's no problems -- usually a manual save that we did. Now we can't do that. So for example, you're like me and 2013 screwed up DO NOT DISTURB... sorry -- can't restore to a date BEFORE that anymore. You have to wait till the 7th.
Totally unacceptable from Apple. They need to fire more people. A billion people on this planet and a couple thousand unemployed developers that can do better than the current muck-ups.
So now the back up is only useful for... the extreme case where your iPhone goes COMPLETELY kaput.
Methinks the reason they removed multiple session backups was to simplify things. Notice that syncing now is a SMIDGE faster. That's probably due to not having to sync a "session" (for those saying there is only ONE backup to begin with).
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I don't know what you are smoking, but Apple has NEVER provided multiple backups for the iPhone in the 5 1/2 years that I've had one, except when updating. The most recent backup or the last backup of the previous iOS version are the only backups that you can restore.
Of course, you can keep separate backups yourself by backing up the backup directory. If you have a Mac this happens automatically when you use Time Machine, if you have Windows you can get commercial backup programs that will keep multiple generations of files, or subscribe to a cloud backup service such as LiveDrive that will also keep multiple generations.
Call it what you want, but I like many others who have just posted before me (with SCREENSHOTS even) WERE IN FACT ABLE to restore our deviced from multiple sessions that had been saved. I was able to do this with my first gen iPod Touch and iPhone 3Gs. I remember VERY CLEARLY restoring from a recent session, only to find that some system preference was corrupted (and that was conveniently in the backed-up session), but LUCKILY I had an older session -- which I restored from, and not through Time Machine -- and which didn't contain the corrupted backed-up preferences.
PERHAPS.. and this is a big PERHAPS the reason some of us are seeing these multiple back-up sessions COULD be due to that which shalt not be mentioned here -- the big JB. It's a wild guess, but perhaps we were getting multiple sessions -- because we were backing up JB'ed devices.
Can you guys who were experiencing these "multiple sessions" confirm this? C'mon, admit it. It doens't mean you're a pirate. There are those of us who genuinely do it ONLY for the extra functionality like the ability to back-up saved game data in the Cloud (if the game only supported it through iTunes backup) etc.
Coz these other guys swear they ne'er seen the multiple backups (even with screenshot'd proof). I would take their word for it too -- if they've never JB'ed.
Wrong. Atleast on a PC, in the passed your backups no longer showed in iTunes but they were still saved in the hidden folder were the latest backup was saved. This was awesome for fixing the screwups with the Apple updates by going back to the previous versions that worked fine. Apple programmers now fixed it so ALL previous backups are deleted. I got around this by backing up my iphone on three differnt PC's at differnt times. So if I must I can go to an earlier backup. So there Apple!!!!!
The reason I want to do it is because I want to save all my text discussions I had with my baby brother before he pased from cancer. It comforts me to reread them. However, I need to make room on my phone and I have a lot of text conversations with pictures etc. Makes perfect sense to me.
There are other ways to archive your text messages without saving your iPhone back ups. I use PhoneView (Mac). However, TouchCopy (Mac and Windows) is also recommended frequently in these forums.
I randomly solve this .
Simply after back up your iPhone or iPad restore it immediately,
( restore the back up again to the device )
When you check the Preference - device -back up
You will find the back up saved with the date of back up 4/11/2013. If you not restore the back up it will be saved with the time only today 3;22
Hope you find that help you can contact me for more help
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