I finally bought a replacement 5s for the lowly 3gs i’ve been using for months ever since my 4s was stolen. I back up the 3gs, which has all the apps i frankly want on my phone, using about 12 of the 16gb available with the music library. Immediately i disconnect it, plug in the new 32gb phone, and restore from previous backup. iTunes proceeds to then helpfully install 90 apps from my iTunes library, using up almost all of the free space (it’s still in progress now).
I don’t understand why it is performing this behavior. I mean, not in a GRR RAGE way, i mean in a “what button am i clicking wrong” way. I don’t understand why iTunes is restoring from a previous backup by installing apps that were not installed in the old backup.
I dislike strongly having to manipulate apps at all in the computer; i just want iTunes to mirror the decisions i make on the phone itself. That there is some kind of parallel assignment of states going on is very annoying.