Apple Testing Fast Local Backup Servers for In-Store iPhone and iPad Replacements?

Posted in Apple, Apple News, iOS on 23/04/2012 by J. Glenn Künzler


Apple is reportedly testing a new local iOS device backup system at Apple Store Genius Bars. The system would allow customers to quickly backup any iOS device requiring exchange or replacement, as well as allowing users to quickly restore their devices after replacement.

9to5Mac reports:

Currently being prototyped inside of Apple’s top-secret “future” Apple Store labs near the company’s headquarters, a place where peaks into Apple’s retail future have leaked from in the past, is a wireless server system for Genius Bars that will automatically, securely, and temporarily store user content.

The idea is clearly an extremely useful one, helping customers to avoid data loss if something goes wrong with their iPhone or iPad. Also, to keep everything secure and privacy friendly, the backup data would be wiped from Apple’s system once the exchange is complete.

This sort of backup system would also be extremely preferable to an iCloud backup. iCloud backups can take as long as 20 minutes, and restoring from an iCloud backup can hours, or even an entire day!

The system is  reportedly in early testing, and could begin making it to Apple Stores by the middle of next year. I, for one, hope that Apple puts this in place sooner rather than later.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.