Have you ever been afraid to install a free app on your Mac? Some free apps scare me. Why is it free? Why doesn’t it have an Apple certified developer’s certificate? What’s going on behind the scenes that I don’t know about after I install a free app?
Not all free apps are from North Korea, Russia, or China, so it’s not likely that installing such an app will send your Contacts contents and Documents files to be perused by a foreign entity. Here’s one I like but it scares me.
What’s On Your iPhone?
iFunBox is a free Mac tool which lets you view and manage the content on your iPhone or iPad and it works better than iTunes.
The reason I tried this scavenger app is because my wife’s iPad had a corrupt file and wouldn’t back up to iTunes. It always failed. Check out Apple’s support community online. You’ll see that it’s a common problem.
So, I looked around for alternatives and there are many, though none do exactly the same kind of backup as iTunes does for iPhone and iPad.
iFunBox doesn’t either, but combined with iCloud backups (which manages settings quite well), it works. And it’s free.
Install it on your Mac, plug in your iPhone or iPad, and view what’s on each device in a mostly kinda sorta Finder-like interface which peers into the files and apps.
iFunBox comes with all sorts of useful and interesting options.
For example, use it to reset your iPhone password, install .ipa app files, unlock in-app purchases, import music to your iPhone or iPad, even change the iPhone carrier logo (think Jailbreak iPhone). It can also setup your iPhone to be a portable disk drive for your Mac, and move or copy files back and forth.
What’s scary about that?
First, it’s free. Free is good but not if you’re not sure about the developer (OS X may block installation, thanks to the Mac’s built-in security options). The iFunBox site seems to be a great place for iPhone and iPad hacks, jailbreaks, and other non-mainstream iPhone and iPad user activities.
But, it’s free, right? What could go wrong?