Apple has provided several ways to keep your iOS devices updated and synced with your computer. No matter if you use OS X or Windows, iTunes is there for all your entertainment needs, as well as for syncing your devices and keeping them updated.
However, this is one of the areas of the iOS ecosystem that lacks something that this company is known for, and that is simplicity.
Many of us can agree that iTunes is overly bloated with all kinds of functions and tools. Even Apple agrees to this as the company slowly moves towards simplifying this application’s user interface. There were even some rumors prior to this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference that we can expect iTunes’ content to be divided into several apps, but this didn’t happen.
If you’re struggling with keeping your iPhone updated and backed up, there are other solutions besides iTunes. A recently updated application, called iMazing 2 is one of the first to fully support iOS 10 and its encrypted backups. However, there’s much more to this application that strives to be your ultimate iTunes replacement. Let’s take a closer look.
The most striking thing about iMazing 2, at least the first time you open the app, is its beautiful interface. The app is designed to mimic iOS’ aesthetics, so you’ll be familiar right from the start.
Upon pairing your iOS device with the app, you will see a list of applications and file types in the left-positioned pane that can be accessed, previewed, and backed up. Some of these are: Phone, Messages (including traditional and iMessages), Photos, Music, Contacts, and even Voice Memos.
The app can be also used to access your phone’s file system, so you can manually delete obsolete files and folders. If you’re unsure about something, the app will show you detailed explanation and can even guide you through different functions using built-in wizards.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of iMazing 2 are its backup functions. As said before, this is one of the first apps that brings out-of-the-box compatibility with iOS 10, which brings a new file format for backups and encrypts them as well.
The app can keep a history of your backups, so you don’t have to restore from the latest one, which is not something iTunes can do (even though this can be done via iTunes, but requires digging into the settings). In addition, your backups will be safely archived and never overwritten.
However, instead of saving new backups and taking valuable disk storage, iMazing 2 will only save new data every time your backup your device, which means that new backups use less space. Since there are many of you who can’t wait to upgrade to the recently announced iPhone 7, this app could be of great help if you’re restoring your data to a new device.