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iOS 8.3 blocks access to some file manager apps

by Todd Haselton | April 13, 2015April 13, 2015 2:00 pm PDT


iOS 8.3 started to roll out to users last week. While it generally improves the experience with features like a redesigned spacebar, tons of new Emoji and plenty of bug and performance enhancements, it also broke a few things. One issue we had last week, which seems to have since corrected itself, was a bug that prevented Touch ID from working with the App Store. Now, apparently Apple has blocked folks from running third party file manager and transfer apps.

MacRumors noticed that apps such as PhoneView, iBackupBot, iTools, iExplorer and iFunBox, all of which provided some level of access to the file system in a sandbox, no longer work without some developer tweaks. Even after those tweaks are made, however, the functionality apparently isn’t as robust as before iOS 8.3 hit.

The move was made by Apple on purpose and appears to be in an effort to patch some security holes, but it’s causing an uproar among fans of those aforementioned apps. Folks who¬†need that level of access can still jailbreak their iPhones, though that also voids Apple’s warranty on the devices. Or you can just avoid upgrading to iOS 8.3 entirely.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...