Apple adds new restrictions in iOS 8.3 to severely limit file manager apps

If you use desktop file managers such as PhoneView, iFunBox, iTools, iExplorer and others to browse app folders on your non-jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, you have another reason to stay away from the latest iOS 8.3 update as it prevents those programs from functioning properly.

As initially revealed by MacRumors, the new security tweaks within iOS 8.3, which Apple recently released to the public, prevent file manager apps and those like it from accessing app directories on Apple’s iOS-based devices, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The changes that Apple rolled out break support for file managers for both OS X and Windows, which has led developers to release newer versions of their apps for Apple’s iOS devices that offer workarounds in attempts to restore functionality:
“iOS 8.3 ruined our freedom of controlling data in our installed Apps and Games,” writes iFunBox in a Facebook post. “Apple blocked access of the entire sandbox directory of every installed App since iOS 8.3. Previously only writing is block in executable directory. Now we totally lost the control of Apps on our own devices. We are investigating the situation. Before there is a solution, iFunbox will fail to open data directory of any App if the device is not jailbroken.“
These changes do not affect users that have jailbroken iOS devices.

Over the weekend, the developer behind iFunBox updated the app to offer a partial fix. The newest version, 2.95, offers those with “iTunes File Sharing” switched on to use apps like VLC Player or iFileExpress, to be opened with access to the sandbox as usual. 

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