By Stephen Schenck | February 22, 2013 1:00 PM
The resemblance of the HTC One to the backside of an iPhone 5 seems to result in more derision than anything else, but if that similarity manages to subconsciously sway any Apple fans over to the Android smartphone, it sounds like they’ll be able to enjoy a pretty painless transition process, upon news arriving of a new version of the HTC Sync Manager with support for iPhone backups.
The new Sync Manager, debuting with the HTC One, will be able to process a backup of a user’s iPhone and mine it for data to transfer to the Android. That will reportedly include both media, like your photo and video libraries, as well as data like entries from your calendar and even saved text messages.
Presumably, we’ll see this same support available on other HTC models, but for now it’s only been confirmed for the HTC One. Sure, users will still need to learn their way around a new OS, and put together a whole new collection of apps, but we’ll admit that this sounds like a pretty graceful way to lower some of the initial resistance to switching platforms: at least you’ll still have your stuff.