If this was a pre-release of a hot new gadget, or a version 1.0 release this is acceptable. Using a beta or alpha of software I’ve done messy hacks like this before and would agree with Edd Bott and his assertion this is clever. But this is a Phone OS from one of the largest tech companies in the world. This is a Phone OS that has been out since November 2010. That’s a year and a half and I have to ask:
 There was also a dark time in there when the iPhone backup was horrible, slow to the point of taking something like 15 minutes to complete. But it was there, and I think the procedure linked would take longer than 15 minutes.