I tested this process several times this weekend, and it worked each time. Of course, if you’ve done any additional Home-screen organization since your most-recent iOS backup, you’ll have to repeat those actions—your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will be restored to its exact state as of the last backup. So it’s important to make sure your iOS device gets backed up, within iTunes, regularly. And, of course, having to restore twice is a hassle. But until Apple fixes this bug (yes, I do consider it to be a bug—if you restore your hard drive from a backup, you don’t end up with all your files dumped at the root level of your hard drive, right?), it’s a lot less of a hassle than having to reorganize your apps manually, especially if you’ve got more than a few dozen installed.
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