A quick article running through what I experienced over the weekend trying to set up a new iPhone.
Check iPhone SE and attempt iCloud backup. Realise that it has not backed up for 4 days for no apparent reason. Start new backup and go through the process 6 times until it is successful. Multiple messages saying ‘Backup failed’ and little else eventually cleared themselves and I was good to go.
Put SIM that has been working fine in the iPhone SE into the iPhone 7 and it is not recognised. It is not recognised over and over again until it is then magically recognised.
Realise that I need to update the iPhone 7 to use my old backup so I set it up as a new iPhone and start the update process. Fails to validate the update for more than 30 minutes until, again, it just magically works.
The whole process was painful and fraught with poor pop-ups telling me that something was wrong, but with no useful information that could help me.
Add to this the bizarre pop-up that appears with two-factor authentication telling me that my Apple ID is being used to sign in to a device near Middlesbrough. I understand that this is the ISP location, but surely Apple should not even display this because it’s hundreds of miles away from me and will only lead people to believe that someone has gotten hold of their ID. There is no point showing the location if it is of no real use.
All in all, the little things that Apple has historically done so well seemed to have been forgotten, for me at least, and it now feels more like setting up a Windows PC. A lot of this is no doubt down to iCloud, but the fact is that it is not the seamless experience that Apple claims it is.