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Jan 21, 2011
Apple’s patent application for data restore to mobile device was made public yesterday.
The application, filed on July 16, 2009, says, “Restoring Data to a Mobile Device”, and it allows users to backup data online to a cloud service.
Restoring data to a mobile device is not new, but Apple is planning to add a twist to it. Apple explains one of the challenges of restoring from an online backup service as being all-or-nothing approach – the need to restore everything. However, Apple claims that full restore might not be needed as explained in the “Description” below:
Yes, it is good to have an option to restore a single file or a number of files you need. Well, why bother restoring all of your data when you can restore select files? This patent pending technology could help reduce bandwidth; and expenses associated with it.
Apple has been planning on data backup infrastructure as it has already built a 1 Billion Dollar data center in North Carolina. It appears that online backup service for iPhone and iPad is in the horizon. Whether the online data backup service will be for free or not free remains to be seen.
Below is additional information about the patent application from the US Patent and Trademark Office:
RESTORING DATA TO A MOBILE DEVICE
United States Patent Application: 20110016089
Inventors: Freedman; Gordie; (Palo Alto, CA) ; Farkas; Jacob; (Sunnyvale, CA) ; Paterson; Toby Charles Wood; (San Francisco, CA)
Serial No.: 504392
Current U.S. Class: 707/640; 707/E17.01; 707/E17.044; 711/E12.001; 711/E12.103
1. A method performed by data processing apparatus, the method comprising:receiving data from a mobile device to be included in a backup, the data including data associated with one or more mobile device applications;storing the data in a backup archive;generating a backup mapping file for each of the mobile device applications, each backup mapping file identifying each file in the backup associated with the respective application; and using the backup mapping files to restore the corresponding applications to the mobile device.
2. The method of claim 1, further …
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