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I love owning Apple shares, partly because of how sticky the app ecosystem is. The ecosystem seems to be a strong moat and I suspect it is one of the reasons that Berkshire bought shares in Apple.

However, I’ve just discovered that two of my paid file storage apps no longer work because they are no longer supported on IOS 11.

I’ve “lost” (can’t access) several years of personal notes, files and interesting articles. And there seems to be no way to retrieve the files!

Now I find myself distrusting the longevity of ALL my third party apps. Which makes me wonder. Is the ecosystem as sticky as I thought? Something to ponder.
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However, I’ve just discovered that two of my paid file storage apps no longer work because they are no longer supported on IOS 11.

I’ve “lost” (can’t access) several years of personal notes, files and interesting articles. And there seems to be no way to retrieve the files!


What are the two apps? Were your docs stored in the cloud? Have you tried contacting the app designers?
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Seems to be a risk using 3rd party apps. Even with Windows, some 3rd party companies may not upgrade to newer OS.

I would contact the company. Can you retrieve the data from their website?
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Seems to be a risk using 3rd party apps. Even with Windows, some 3rd party companies may not upgrade to newer OS.

Historically, Microsoft has put the burden on itself, rather than third party developers, to maintain backward compatibility with old applications in Windows. In contrast, Apple has put the burden on developers to keep up with its OS's. Although we on the Apple side often cited the difference as evidence that Windows was hobbled by having to maintain compatibility with old, outdated software, the distinction is a large reason why Microsoft won the OS wars back in the 1990's, because that's what users wanted.

That said, Apple did provide ample warning and opportunity for iOS app developers to prepare for iOS 11. Most of the apps I've purchased have been ported, but some crucial or much-loved apps have not. I think the developers simply dropped the ball and, in many cases (particularly given the time that has passed since iOS 11's release), simply don't intend to update those apps or pursue further development. I'm not saying it should have been glaringly obvious to the OP that his information was in jeopardy, but was this the first time such might have happened?

In the past, I might have suggested checking Apple's Documents in the Cloud for the saved data, but that has long given way to iCloud Drive. It's been my observation that some app developers moved from Documents in the Cloud to their own cloud services rather than migrate to iCloud Drive, so that might not be an option. Nowadays, cloud storage is a commodity, and anyone can provide their own.

-awlabrador
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Thanks for the discussion. Sorry for only getting back to this now.

The Apps were iFile which I’ve since realised is still ok.

The other was 7Notes HD which I’ve realised hasn’t had much activity on its website since 2012... I’ve lost those documents.

On another note. My children are too young, in my opinion, to have iPads of their own. They do do work at school on iPads.

This weekend we went camping and my wife gave all the kids marbles. They played a bit. Then they grabbed the header cards, drew buttons on the back and spent the next two days running around with their “iPads” taking photos, making calls and zapping one another. 😉
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