At the end of last year, Apple rushed to launch an iOS 12.1.2 update for iPhone users. However, Apple did not release an update for the iPad. This means that new iPad users who have been exploding during the Christmas season have had a problem: they can't restore iPhone backups running iOS 12.1.2 to the iPad at all.
Foreign media TechRadar reported on Friday that there is no solution. Typically, users are free to restore backups on the iPhone to the iPad, and vice versa, because both devices run the same operating system. Currently, iCloud does not allow users to restore backups that are higher than the current device system version. If the user tries to do this, iOS will direct the user to update the system version first.
However, due to the iOS version of the iPhone and iPad being out of sync, Apple has caused a problem for itself. The iPad can only be updated to iOS 12.1.1, and the latest version that the iPhone can upgrade is iOS 12.1.2. As a result, iPhone users who have upgraded their iOS 12.12 system will not be able to seamlessly transfer iCloud backups to the iPad.
The report pointed out that there was no effective solution to this problem until Apple released the next iOS update for all devices. iOS 12.1.3 is still in beta, and when Apple officially pushes it to iPhone and iPad users, the difference between the platforms will naturally disappear. Apple has not announced the release date of iOS 12.1.3, but it may be available later in January.
Users who have this problem can choose to restore the iPhone to the backup before iOS 12.1.2 on the iPad, or simply set the iPad as a new device. After all, many features of iCloud can be used outside of the backup, for example If you have iCloud photos enabled, the photo library will appear on the iPad as long as the device is logged into the same iCloud account. However, third-party apps need to be reinstalled and the home screen layout needs to be rescheduled.