I recently switched to a new phone. I’d like to delete the back up of my old iPhone from iCloud to save space there. However, I’m a little paranoid about backups and data loss, so I’d like to download the old backup first and retain it on my Mac or an external hard disk.
The only options I’ve found are proprietary third-party software, which (a) is pricey and (b) raises security/privacy issues, since it sounds like they (not surprisingly) need to handle your Apple ID credentials. Is there any way to download iPhone backups from iCloud to a Mac, without closed-source proprietary software?
An ideal solution would be an official Apple tool (commandline tools are fine with me); open-source third-party software would also be better than closed-source; or software provided through the App store would be OK, since that implies at least some minimal security auditing (as I understand).