Apple latest issues present no signal of abating. The instability of iOS 13 continues regardless of not one, not two however three rushed updates. Hundreds of thousands of iPhones have been left susceptible to an ‘unfixable hack’ whereas the corporate’s thrilling 2020 iPhone redesign has already leaked. And now Apple has issued a brand new warning which tens of millions of iPhone homeowners have to find out about. 

Picked up by Engadget, Apple has printed a help doc known as ‘Prepare for the brand new Reminders app’ which warns each consumer who has upgraded their iPhone to iOS 13 that they danger information loss throughout their units in the event that they use the app proper now. 

The issue stems from the actual fact Apple has, bizarrely, made Reminders in iOS 13 incompatible with “earlier variations of iOS and macOS.” For iPhones and iPads, this implies any machine nonetheless on or restricted to iOS 12 (iOS 13 cuts off help for 2 generations) shall be unable to sync with the brand new Reminders app. Furthermore, macOS 10.15 Catalina is required for syncing with the brand new Reminders app and it isn’t even obtainable but. 

And it will get worse. Not solely is syncing damaged till each machine is operating iOS 13 or macOS Catalina, Reminders created on iOS 12 or macOS Mojave shall be misplaced when the app is upgraded. Apple explains: 

“iCloud reminders created on a tool that is operating earlier software program are seen solely on different units operating earlier software program. Once you replace that machine to the most recent software program, these new reminders shall be misplaced once you open the Reminders app.”

Moreover: “When you create new iCloud reminders on a secondary machine that is operating iOS 13 or macOS Catalina, however you have not but opened the brand new Reminders app on that machine – for instance, in the event you used Siri to create reminders – these reminders shall be misplaced once you open the app for the primary time. To keep away from this, open the Reminders app as soon as earlier than you create any new reminders on an up to date machine.”

Lastly, Apple warns that iCloud reminders within the iCloud for Home windows app can’t be seen after you begin utilizing Reminders in iOS 13. Not nice. 

To its credit score, Apple is placing an replace warning contained in the Reminders app but it surely isn’t significantly clear and studies present many customers are dropping their information and their endurance: 

“@AppleSupport URGENT! Upon upgrading to iOS and subsequently the Reminders App all my reminders’ lists and reminders contained therein disappeared. They’re not merged with the one listing left. How do I get my CRITICALLY IMPORTANT reminders again?” – supply

“@AppleSupport I simply upgraded my iPhone X to iOS 13. Virtually all my reminders (and lists of reminders) disappeared.” – supply

“What the #€|| is fallacious with Reminders? Ios 13.1.1 and the sync between units is totally tousled! I can’t edit after creation, the entire app is usually clean, no sync and many others. Come on!” – supply

“@AppleSupport – Reminders are usually not syncing with iOS 13 on my Mac and it seems to be like they will not sync till Catalina is launched…” – supply

“@AppleSupport – Please assist – I’ve turned off iCloud reminders on my previous units. My iOS 13.1 cellphone has misplaced reminders and doesn’t align with these on my IPadOS 13.1 iPad. What can I do? That is disastrous for me” – supply

Whereas firms break backwards compatibility with previous software program on a regular basis, it isn’t normally with software program that was present just some weeks in the past. Furthermore, the truth that customers face information loss simply because they have not upgraded to a bug-filled iOS 13 or what nonetheless stays the present model of macOS, is absurd. If Reminders was going to trigger this a lot hassle, Apple shouldn’t have launched its up to date kind till macOS Catalina was obtainable on the very least.

So be warned. When you use Apple Reminders throughout your units for essential notes in your private and enterprise life, they’re at present in danger. And whereas I’m glad Apple is posting warnings, this farcical scenario ought to’ve by no means existed within the first place.


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