iOS SMS backup

My girlfriend switched from her iPhone4 to a BlackBerry Z10. Since she uses a MacBook (Air) and was synchronising her contacts and calendar, but nothing else, via iCloud, it would be ideal if this could continue. Fortunately the contacts are shared via CardDAV and the calendar via CalDAV and BB OS10.2 supports these protocols. There even was a clear explanation on the BB website on how to set this up. Worked immediately. Great. Next challenge was to get the info from her SMS archive. It does not really matter if it is on the phone or on the computer and the computer turned out to be the best option. Chelsey Baker created a Perl script called iOS Message Export which enables you to export your (unencrypted) Messages archive to HTML files (one HTML file per contact per day). This combined with QuickLook search in OS X gives access to the full archive as she needed.

Even though there are still some things which don't work as advertised (such as running Android apps due to BB stripping out the Google libraries from the Android codebase in BB OS 10.2.2), her switch back to BB seems to be a positive experience. The OS seems indeed more straightforward than iOS, but perhaps that is because it has less features. It seems more hierarchical, which could also contribute to this experience. Hopefully BB will continue to exist and develop this platform, since it seems to have quite the potential. I might even be tempted to replace my iPhone eventually with a non-iOS device. Now that's a big change I did not expect.

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