Catalina Butnaru
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The same day Apple announced iOS 11 at WWDC17 and made it available to developers, Reincubate’s engineering team released iOS 11 support notes for the iCloud Data API.

The iPhone Backup Extractor, which is built on top of our award winning API was soon taken into our testing laboratory and further updated to support these changes and ensure frictionless experience for our customers.

Today we are proud to announce that iPhone Backup Extractor is the first in market to support iOS 11 beta 1. We will continue to update the product as new iOS 11 betas are pushed to developers. Below you will find our release notes including changes we have noticed in the new iOS 11.

Reincubate has historically been the first in market to support new iOS versions. In 2015, Reincubate was the first to support iOS 9, and in 2016 our engineers provided full support for iOS 10, before anyone else was able to work with the new algorithm changes.

This year again we are announcing first in market support for iOS 11 iTunes backups, and adding release notes related to changes discovered in the process.

iOS 11 data recovery notes from our engineers

Full iTunes data recovery

We have tested all data categories types and have successfully extracted and recovered contents from all native apps:

  • iMessages
  • Photos
  • Notes
  • Calls and Voicemails
  • Videos and Recordings
  • Location and app data

Cloud first storage of Contacts and Calendar entries occurs when sync for those apps is turned on in iCloud settings. When sync is on, the app will not appear in iTunes or iCloud backups. They will appear separately, like Photostream does. This is a bit confusing at first, but we were able to accommodate the change and add a new feature on top of it!

Whilst it is your choice how to backup your iPhone or iPad, the only way you can benefit from immediate syncing of contacts and iMessages in the cloud is if you opt-in to iCloud backups.

New feature: recovery of real-time contacts from iCloud

As a result of changes in the way contacts are synced, you can now recover contacts separately from your iCloud backup, and directly from the iCloud. The iCloud syncing of Contacts is similar to how PhotoStream works: separate from your phone’s iCloud Backup, but still in the cloud.

In the new iPhone Backup extractor, contacts recovery becomes a new feature and is visible in the left hand side of the main app menu. Do you like the new look?


When you turn on automatic backups to iCloud, your contacts will not be saved to the default device backup, but instead saved in the cloud in their own separate category. Once you are used to this new process, you will be well on your way to enjoying the new iPhone Backup Extractor feature and the new changes in iOS 11.

Thank you notes and more resources

iOS 11 is a game-changing operating system for mobile devices, enabling developers to play with Augmented Reality, with a smarter Siri, and make the most out of multi-tasking capabilities, better Live photos and more.

We are grateful to our team of engineers who have worked on supporting this impressive new operating system.


We are also thankful to everyone we have met in person at WWDC17 in San Francisco. If you are a developer playing with iOS 11 betas and want to use iPhone Backup Extractor to recover versions of files you’ve worked with, download the latest release.

If you wish to get in touch, feel free to say hi to our expert support team.

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