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make calls any more, you can get them started with Apple early, with their very own device, pre-installed with only their favourite apps. Set up a separate iCloud account so they can’t purchase any apps without your permission, or use the new Family Sharing options in iOS 8.
There are also some really fun toys that kids could use an iPhone as a remote control for, such as Parrot’s Rolling Spider and Jumping Sumo Minidrones (£90 and £140 respectively, from parrot.com) or the Sphero Robot Ball (gosphero.com, £70). Depending on the model, you could also attach an iOS games controller such as the MOGA Ace Power (mogaanywhere.com, £60), which offers extra power as well as physical games control buttons for compatible iPhone models.
And never forget that the iPhone is so much more than just a phone. Don’t disregard the option of using it as a good oldfashioned (well, to a certain degree) spare point-and-shoot camera. It could also be a great use for an old iPod touch! Alternatively, you could use your old device as a FaceTimededicated phone.
An old iPhone can also be useful as a remote control with an Apple TV or a Mac using Apple’s Remote app, or even as a
To restore data from an iTunes backup, simply plug your iPhone into your computer
kind of entertainment hub for the living room – you could stream video to an Apple TV with AirPlay, or from compatible apps to a Chromecast (google.com/chromecast, £30). When you finally have your precious iPhone in your hands, you’re going to want to start using it as soon as possible. If you’ve followed our backup steps, you’ll be up and running in no time.
When you turn on your new device for the first time, you’ll be met with a welcome screen and a setup assistant that will guide you through a few simple steps. When you reach the Set Up Your iPhone screen, you’ll see three options: ‘Set up as new iPhone’, ‘Restore from iCloud backup’ and ‘Restore from iTunes Backup’. Choosing the iCloud option will prompt you to enter your username and password and give you a dropdown menu containing your backups. Select the most recent and you’ll be on your way.
To restore data from an iTunes backup, you can plug it into your computer or pour data into it over Wi-Fi. All of your apps and settings will migrate from your old device to the new one, and any media you had stored will be reloaded (eventually!) too. The initial part of the process should only take a few minutes, but it might be an hour or more before everything’s synced back into place if you had a large, full device.
And voilà. That’s it. You’re done. Oh, wait… don’t forget to set iCloud backups on your new device!
Don’t just place your old iPhone in a drawer to collect dust. It could be used as a camera or a remote
control for all kinds of fun toys and gadgets. An old iPhone could even be used in conjunction with an Apple TV with AirPlay.