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Discussion in 'iPad Air Forum' started by anmanwar, Jul 28, 2014.
Using the old backup to restore does not make it the backup file for the new device. Nor should it. After all, Apple doesn't' know whether you are replacing the old device or just adding a new one, and want to start with the old one's setup.
Anytime you add a new device to an iCloud account it always gets it's own backup file. If you wan't to remove the old device's backup file you must delete it.
Ideally the Apple tech should have mentioned that. Though you definitely want to keep the old backup file until you are sure the new device was restored properly; incase you have to try again.
When I used my old iPad 3 backup to restore the iPad Air, the old backup file stayed around until I deleted it. That wasn't a problem for me, because I already had extra iCloud storage.
I have a different experience. I also used the backup of my iPad 3 to restore the Air. I don't have extra storage, and I still use the old iPad's "identity" (name, partially settings as well). There was no third iPad in iCloud when I set it up, and I didn't have to delete the old backup. It was replaced when it was backed up again.
Now I'm wondering if my memory is going bad, again. It is possible that I've got my iPhone and iPad backups confused; as I use the same iCloud account for both.