Recovering files from ipad 1

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by larswik, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. larswik macrumors 68000

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    Hey All, I have a problem and I am trying to get a preference file off an old iPad 1. In short I wrote a character sheet app for a role playing game that ran on the ipad. The user could press an export button and it would save the current state of the app and save it to a folder.

    When you plug the iPad into iTunes on the computer you could navigate to the folder and drag the files to your hard drive.

    My Problem... I used the app for my character sheet and had not backed it up since the end of 2013. But my developer account is was not paid and the dev license is expiered and will not open the app anymore. I can't update the ipad ios to 9 so I can use it without paying the $99 Dev fee. Also it won't except a new ios past 5.1.

    The only solution I can think of is to pay the Dev fee $99 but I have no idea if xcode will support ios 5.1?

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Mascots macrumors 65816

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    Jailbreaking will give you access to the raw file system.

    Don't know if that'll help.
     
  3. 1458279 Suspended

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    Does he have a chance of losing everything by jailbreaking?

    My Xcode (6.3) seems to go back to ios 6.0. Someone with a 7 install will have to check for you.
     
  4. macbookfan macrumors member

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    Apple no longer charges you to side load Apps using Xcode. You only have to pay to deploy to the App store.
     
  5. Mascots macrumors 65816

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    I didn't think the older software has the ability to handle an exception like that; I believe you'd need to use Xcode 7+ and rebuild the app, which it won't happen cleanly since it is so far out of date. Xcode 7 doesn't even really have support for iOS 5 and more-or-less seems to be aiming to discourage developers from pumping effort into an outdated platform. The scenario here just happens to be fairly unique.

    As for my advice before, it looks like it was possible to jailbreak the most up-to-date version of iOS 5 without a restore. But to reiterate, I don't know if having file system access will help depending on how you stored the data.
     
  6. 1458279 Suspended

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    I wonder what everyone is doing with all those millions and millions of oder devices. They are actually great devices and would have a use in some poorer countries or as controllers for other things.

    I have 2 of them that won't load iOS 7 and yet they are still very usable other than can't get modern apps.

    The other effect of this is that I don't want to buy certain Apple devices like the Mini, iPT and certain others because they are outdated before being released. I think this really hurts Apple's non-iPhone sales because who want's an brand new out dated device.
     
  7. macbookfan macrumors member

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    Use the old Xcode just download the provisioning profiles and valid certs from developer.apple.com. The new Xcode does not provide a "exception" the developer portal does that.
     
  8. Mascots macrumors 65816

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    Ah duh. Though I still have a hard time believing that attempting to do this with Xcode 4.5 and then rebuilding will work as effortlessly as you make it out to be.

    It's worth a shot either way!
     
  9. macbookfan macrumors member

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    I never said it would be effortless. Xcode is always a pain in the ass. You inferred that part. Honestly I would try going the jailbreak route probably easier. I'm just pointing out the miss information in the thread.
     
  10. Mascots macrumors 65816

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    Thank you for pointing that out
     
  11. larswik thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Looks like I have some potential options. I have never jail broken a device before. If it is possible to just pay apple the $99 and be able to install the provisioning back on my iPad 1 then it would be worth it. But as mentioned above Apple never looks back so I would hate to pay the $99 to try and access the files. I do have my old boot drive on a different hard drive running 10.7.5 and Xcode 4.6 which is what I used last to update the iPad 1.

    I live about a mile away from an Apple store and could talk to the Genius Bar folks but something tells me they are only retail genius smart and can only help with the latest and greatest.

    Thanks.
     
  12. AxoNeuron macrumors 65816

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    I'm pretty sure that the only possibility for such an outdated device is going to be to jailbreak it.
     
  13. Mascots macrumors 65816

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    Fun fact I ran across today:
    I was correct: to take advantage of the free development enrollment, you must be using Xcode 7+. The functionality is embedded into Xcode and portal will not approve the correct measures if you attempting to use version <7.0.0.
     

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