DigiDNA iMazing

It was only five months ago that we were impressed by DigiDNA’s DiskAid, which went past Apple’s iTunes with the ability to back up individual iOS apps, including settings and files — to keep or transfer to other devices — as well as completely clone one iOS device to another. Now DiskAid has become iMazing ($30), as what would have been DiskAid 7.1 is now iMazing 1.1. Redesigned with an iTunes 12-style UI, iMazing boasts complete iOS 8 compatibility, super-simple backups, and the ability to navigate your iPhone, iPad, or iPod’s hidden file system without the use of jailbreaks or other hacks. That means it’s capable of some really neat tricks that users in need of iOS device file management or recovery tools will really appreciate.

One of iMazing’s new features is a music-management feature that lets you individually move tracks on and off of Apple’s portable devices, as well as playlists and albums, removing the need for iTunes syncing. Thanks to the deep device access it offers, you’re also able to peruse a ton of additional data that’s stored on devices: voicemail messages, phone call logs, text/MMS/iMessage messages, and individual app files can all be exported en masse or individually, as you browse through the file system. But arguably the best feature is the interface, which is as intuitive as using the app icons found on your iOS device itself. While the price could stand to be a little more affordable, iMazing is offered as a 14-day free trial so you can check it out to see whether it has long-term value. From our perspective, it definitely does.

Jeremy Horwitz

Jeremy Horwitz was the Editor-in-Chief at iLounge. He has written over 5,000 articles and reviews for the website and is one of the most respected members of the Apple media. Horwitz has been following Apple since the release of the original iPod in 2001. He was one of the first reviewers to receive a pre-release unit of the device, and his review helped put iLounge on the map as a go-to source for Apple news.