There's been a bit of a pattern to my posts in the last week. They've all been about battery drain on my iPhone 8, which I've experienced ever since updating. I went from 12.4.1 to 13.1, to 13.1.1 (which was supposed to fix it), to 13.1.2 and there's been no significant change. I've turned off battery optimisation, shared battery analytics with Apple Support which revealed nothing amiss, recovered the IOS with iTunes, and done all sorts of resets and restores, except setting up as new.
Why haven't I tried setting up as new? In part because the amount of work I imagine it will be depresses me somewhat, and in part because I don't really know much about this process. I've a genius bar appointment on Friday to look into the battery issue, but I wonder if anyone can help me with a few questions first:
1. Do you think it's inevitable that the genius will want me to have tried setting up the iPhone as new? In other words, do I have no practical choice but to bite the bullet and set the iPhone up as new before Friday?
2. When one sets up an iPhone as new, what happens to messages, contacts, photos, videos and music? Will I be able to get them back even though I am not restoring a backup from iTunes or iCloud? What about my fitness data in the activity app?
3. I know I have to download each app manually and that there is a section in my account on the app store showing apps I've previousy had installed. Do I have to download them one at a time, or can I simply press the 'download' button on the fifty or so I want, build up a download queue that way and leave the phone to it?
4. Before setting up as new I will, of course, unpair my Apple Watch cellular. When I re-pair that watch, should i be choosing to set the watch up as a new watch or to restore from an iCloud backup of the watch? For the avoidance of doubt, I am having no issues with my watch battery.
If there is anything else I need to know, please feel free to cover anything I haven't mentioned. I'm honestly rather fed up with the whole prospect of having to do this. I have never set up as new before - well, not since my first iPhone in 2010, of course.