MacRumors Giveaway: Win One of Apple's Upcoming iPhone 12 Pro Max Models From iMazing

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with iMazing to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win an iPhone 12 Pro Max and a copy of the iMazing software for iPhone backups and management.

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Now we know Apple's iPhone 12 models haven't been announced yet, but the winner of the ‌giveaway‌ will receive the new ‌iPhone‌ once it comes out and is available for purchase. A fresh copy of iMazing will be available right after the ‌giveaway‌, though, so you can backup your current ‌iPhone‌ and get ready for the new device.

For those unfamiliar with iMazing, it's a Mac and Windows app designed to provide a wealth of tools for iOS device management, many of which are not easily available through Apple's own Finder-based management system for iPhones.

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iMazing offers Time Machine-like wireless backups with multiple backup versions available rather than Apple's single iCloud and Mac/Windows backup tools that overwrite older backups. Backups are stored on your Mac or PC, and you can set backups to happen automatically on your schedule.

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Backup snapshots are available for you to browse through, and you can see your saved data. There are options to save backups for weeks, months, or longer, and the iMazing software is designed to let you restore any specific backup.

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Also useful is an option to transfer photos from an iOS device to a Mac with simple drag and drop gestures so you can keep what you need and delete what you don't need, with the software loading images right from your device. iMazing has a built-in EXIF viewer so you can see details on file type, size, location, and more, simplifying photo management.

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All of your iPhone messages from the Messages app can be saved and archived for later use with iMazing, and the same goes for WhatsApp. It saves all of the content of messages, including photos, videos, contacts, and links.

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For those who like to download their own music, you can use iMazing to transfer songs from your ‌iPhone‌ to your computer and vice versa. Have an old iPod? iMazing can even recover music from older devices that otherwise can't be transferred to your Mac or PC.

iMazing includes app management, which is useful for those who miss the app access that iTunes used to provide. The software supports bulk deleting apps, backing up and restoring app data, and downloading apps to the iMazing app library so they can be reinstalled if they're deleted from the App Store.

Configuration and supervision tools are available for small businesses, making it easier for them to manage multiple devices and activate functionality like locking an iPad in Single App Mode, useful for point of sale stations.

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The iMazing software is compatible with iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur, the newest software updates. Apple's ‌iPhone 12‌ models will come with ‌iOS 14‌ installed by default, and will work with iMazing out of the box.

We have one ‌iPhone 12 Pro Max‌ to give away to a MacRumors reader. The ‌iPhone 12 Pro Max‌ refers to Apple's rumored 6.7-inch ‌iPhone‌, which will be the highest-end model with an edge-to-edge OLED display, 5G capabilities, upgraded cameras, and more.

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The winner will get to choose their preferred color, and again, this prize will be provided when the ‌iPhone 12 Pro Max‌ launches. Based on rumors, the new higher-end ‌iPhone‌ could come out in October, but we could see a staggered launch this year that may delay some Pro models until November.

To enter to win our ‌giveaway‌, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the ‌giveaway‌ restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

The contest will run from today (September 18) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on September 25. The winner will be chosen randomly on September 25 and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen.

Top Rated Comments

Gregzo Avatar
18 weeks ago
Hi all, Gregorio here from DigiDNA. It's our first giveaway, and of course we want it to be memorable! So, to the max, more is more: you choose the model, capacity, color, engraving... We'll be in touch with the winner to make sure that they get exactly what they want. 1TB iPhone 12 Max s Plus 5G Gold Edition, sure, no problem! And if you want to scale down to a smaller size because the Max is too big for you, we'll make it up with some extra iMazing gift licenses.

Personally, I've been using Plus/Max sized phones since the 6 Plus came out, but this year I'm out. I use my phone a LOT, and the Max is just too heavy... But to each his own!

Looking forward to being in touch with the lucky winner, and to offering other awesome products in our next giveaway :)
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gregzo Avatar
18 weeks ago


Is iMazing safe though???

Hi! Gregorio from DigiDNA here. We've been developing iOS management tools since 2008, and all our users have been pretty safe all the way. We're a Swiss owned company, and we develop iMazing in Switzerland. Privacy is a core value of ours: we don't upload any of your data anywhere. In fact, that's one of our main selling points: automatic backups, to your OWN storage. We call it data ownership: you get to decide where your backups are, and you get to export backed up data in formats that are actually actionable and not just restorable to your next iPhone.

Messages to Excel or PDF? sure. Drag and drop music or photos from a friends computer to your iPad? No problem, no need to sync with a specific library. Our goal is to extend the iOS/iPadOS user experience, and to do so whilst respecting Apple's core values: Simplicity, Privacy, Delight.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Grohowiak Avatar
18 weeks ago


How much storage capacity in that iPhone 12 Max? The current iPhone 11 Pro Max comes with either 64 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB. I'd hate to have a brand new giant iPhone with only 64 GB of storage!

So there is a giveaway going and you're complaining that if you are lucky enough to win it (it is expensive no matter what flavor it comes in), you will "hate it" if it comes with base memory?
And considering the phone wasn't even announced yet... How would ANYBODY but apple know what will be the base memory?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gregzo Avatar
18 weeks ago


Juvenile marketing speech. "Free your software". You do not know what you are doing!
I hope Apple will close this door soon! It is in their own interest.
Of course, there will be a big row again, especially at MR, but that too will pass.
Never change a running system.
Apples iOS is the most secure, *because* it is not opened for user experiments.
Alternative: Go Android.
Or live in Windows and drill the iPhone with iMazing if you don't want to store a safe backup at Apple.

Security:
In case of doubt: Who dares to rebel against the FBI? Apple, but certainly not some little money-depending small company like Switzerland-iMazing.

Thank you for giving the opportunity to clear up a few misconceptions. You've obviously made your mind up, but learning about how things happen behind the scenes is never a bad thing.

Never change a running system.

iMazing does not change iOS. It does not install ANYTHING on your iPhone or iPad. It does not use unofficial communication channels with the phone. We back up iOS and iPadOS data in the exact same way Apple does, which is the only way since the OS itself builds the backup: you send a command to the device, it prepares the files, and sends them in a unique Apple backup format. Now, this format is unreadable, and we make it readable – we give you access to the backed up data, to a graphical representation of it, to export tools, and to the raw assets (photos, voicemail, message attachments etc...). And if you choose to encrypt your backup (which you should!), iOS itself does the encryption, not iMazing.

I hope Apple will close this door soon! It is in their own interest.

This 'door' is the ability to back up data locally and to sync without iCloud. The implications behind closing it are wide and perfectly unacceptable for many users, businesses and institutions included. Many government level institutions do not allow for data to be backed up in the cloud, at all. We work with state level and federal level institutions in the US, Canada, Germany, Italy... Many have a requirement to keep a copy of their mobile data locally. And the main use case isn't legal or investigative – it's about keeping accessible and actionable records of communications, files and data.

In another reply, you state:


iMazing is the tool kids use to try to manipulate Apple's settings.

Now, we do have backup editing tools which let users change files before restoring the backup. And yes, that's been used to tweak settings and do fun little hacks on games. But it's also used to save the day when the backup is corrupted and induces a boot loop (https://imazing.com/blog/how-to-fix-ios-9-stuck-on-apple-logo-after-restoring-a-backup).

We've also helped people who couldn't back up at all because of APFS changes, when both iCloud and local backups would fail on iOS 10 for users who had filenames with special characters (including the Spanish ñ of piñata, shame on you for spelling that correctly!): https://imazing.com/blog/ios-10-3-3-device-disconnected-error-during-backup-fix

It's an interesting read if you want to understand how deep bugs can go.


This stuff is made for people who don't trust Apple and like to be more clever, so it's something for juvenile morons.



We routinely see Apple engineers and geniuses turn to iMazing when things go south. We're a small passionate team of Apple fans, highly specialised in a way that no Apple tech support can be. We strive to enrich the Apple experience, not to pollute it or to weaken its security.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheWatchfulOne Avatar
18 weeks ago
Plot twist: no iPhone 12 Pro Max this year. ?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
handle manifest Avatar
18 weeks ago
This is for everybody outside of the U.S. and Canada, and those living in Quebec, complaining that they can't enter this giveaway...



If I win

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Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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