Archive for September 4, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

iCloud Backups: Contacts vs. Notes vs. Reminders

John Gordon:

Notes aren’t on the list though. They have their own note-specific backup restore option, but it’s at the level of an individual note and there’s no version restore, only the ability to undo a delete for 30 days by restoring a Note from “recently deleted”. (BTW, if you Share a Note only the Owner can “delete” — but anyone with Edit privileges can remove all content — and since there’s no version undo that means anyone who can edit a Note can delete it without a recovery option.)

You’d have better luck restoring a previous version of a random text file—either from the Versions database or Time Machine—than a note from the Notes app.

Update (2017-09-04): Pádraig Kennedy:

Per-app iCloud Backup Restore would eliminate 90% of the argument to build sync for many apps.

Update (2017-09-05): Pierre Lebeaupin:

Let us all dupe rdar://problem/6178283/.


Update (2017-09-05) via Tech Pinscher:

Update (2017-09-08): Previously: 30 Years of PopChar.

Update (2017-09-11): See also: Jason Snell.

Update (2017-09-25):

Update (2017-10-27):

Previously: 30 Years of Mac.

Update (2019-04-15):

Update (2019-09-05): See also: John Gruber.

Update (2023-09-07):

Apple’s iPhone Repair Rules

Juli Clover:

A leaked Apple “Visual/Mechanical Inspection Guide” shared this afternoon by Business Insider provides some insight into how Apple’s repair policies work, highlighting how Apple determines when to offer an in-warranty repair, an out-of-warranty repair, or a denial of service.


These rules don’t apply to devices covered by AppleCare+, as that warranty entitles users to two device replacements or repairs, even for accidental damage, so long as the fee is covered. For out-of-warranty repairs, Apple charges $130 to $150 for screen repairs and $300 to $350 for other damage. With AppleCare+, a screen repair costs $29 and other damage costs $99 to fix.

The End of ProTube 2

Jonas Gessner (via MacRumors, Hacker News):

I am very sad to announce that ProTube was removed from the App Store by Apple on September 1, 2017. This comes after multiple requests and threats by YouTube which ultimately led Apple to suddenly pulling the app from the App Store. ProTube and many other 3rd party YouTube apps on the App Store have been targeted by YouTube with takedown requests.

YouTube first requested Apple to remove my app well over a year ago, initially just stating that my app violates their Terms of Service. This was a generic takedown request they sent to many YouTube apps at once. They later started going into more detail, even stating that I could not sell the app as that alone violates their ToS. They basically wanted me to remove every feature that made ProTube what it is – that includes the player itself that allows you to play 60fps videos, background playback, audio only mode and more.


It’s sad that I have to say this, but there have already been dozens of fake ProTube apps on the App Store: I still own the ProTube trademark, so nobody can take advantage of this situation by releasing a fake ProTube app on the App Store.

It seems pretty clear that Gessner was violating the terms of service for the YouTube API. What’s interesting to me here is that instead of just turning off ProTube’s API access, Google asked Apple to remove the app from the App Store. So new customers can’t download it, but people who already purchased can apparently keep using it (in continued violation of the TOS).

Also, I wonder whether it’s possible to make a good YouTube app that doesn’t rely on the API.