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Question: Will restoring an old iPad with an image from a new iPad cause old apps to auto-update?

Hard to explain what I mean in the title.


I'm regretting my decision to upgrade Keynote to the latest version (3.3.1) on my newest iPad (the one that came out this year - I guess that would be called an iPad Air 3?). I'm a teacher and have already encountered too many problems and instabilities to trust going into a classroom with this device.


I have an older iPad (Air 1) that still has Keynote version 2.6.2, which is comfortable and bug-free. See the difference:


Keynote 2.6.2:

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Keynote 3.3.1:

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You can decide for yourself which interface is more useful and appealing, but for me the clear winner is the older version.


What I want to do is use my Air 1 as my teaching iPad, instead of the new iPad that I am currently using. To accomplish this, I'll make a backup of the current (new) iPad and use that backup to restore the old iPad (Air 1).


If I do that, will the old iPad's Keynote version be automatically updated to 3.3.1, or will it stay at the current version 2.6.2? In other words, does backing-up the new iPad also backup the current app version and then force that new version onto old hardware?


If it's going to update (without even asking me), then forget it. I'll have to switch the apps and data and all the other stuff between the two iPads manually to avoid that. Yes, Keynote 3.3.1 is just that bad (at least for me).

iPad (4th gen) Wi-Fi, iOS 11.0.2, null

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You cannot restore a backup of a device running a later version of iOS to a device running an earlier version of iOS. Moving forwards is OK, but not backwards.


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Dec 14, 2017 11:17 AM in response to augratin In response to augratin

Ah, I that case I don't know. I would be surprised if the data backed up from the newer version of the app would make sense to the older version, so I would expect you to be required to update the app to match, and it might even happen automatically as part of restoring the backup, as you suspect. Sorry I don't have a definitive answer.


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Dec 14, 2017 11:17 AM

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Dec 14, 2017 6:17 PM in response to turingtest2 In response to turingtest2

Thanks anyway. I have an even older iPad (the last one to still have the 40 pin charging port) that I might use as a guinea pig to see what happens. I'll report back on what I find.


By the way, I notice that next to my name, level and points it says "Apple TV" with a thin gray broken underline. Next to yours it says "iPad" with a similar line, but it's blue and thin on one of your posts and appears to be thicker/bold in another. My question has nothing to do with Apple TV. Whatever does it mean?

Dec 14, 2017 6:17 PM

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Dec 15, 2017 4:48 AM in response to augratin In response to augratin

It probably means you've asked a question in the Apple TV forum recently. See Product Specialities. My real specialism is iTunes, but iPad is the one that I most recently got to level 10 in so that is the one that shows against my avatar.


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