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iCloud repeated Note field contents

Joe:

FYI, FWIW
I posted this in Apple Discussion and will TidBits talk but thought you might like to know.

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I just migrated from MobileMe to iCloud on my 2 Macs and iOS 5 iPhone 4.

Afterwards the contents of the Note field in Address Book on the Mac and Contacts on the iPhone is duplicated or repeated in that field. All text is repeated below the original lines of text.

But while this is the case for many contacts it is not true for all. Doing some random checking it appears to occur all the time if there are many lines of text in the Note field.

Anyone else see this?

Any diagnosis?

I would like to find out why so I can determine if it will happen again and also if there is other data that is compromised in some way.

Thank you.
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  • Joe Kissell (Minister of Text) January 14, 2012 08:36
    I've occasionally seen repeated text in the Notes field, but I have no idea how/when/why it happens.
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  • Thanks Joe.

    What is now also interesting is that when it repeated the text it also created a typo at the beginning of the repeated text.

    I corrected those two letters in the Note field on my main Mac but it did not propagate to my iPhone nor to my other Mac.

    I've also discovered that I can edit fields in Address Book without selecting Edit. Strange.

    My confidence in the accuracy of iCloud vs. MobileMe has just dropped. Any tips appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Norm
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  • Joe Kissell (Minister of Text) January 14, 2012 12:01
    I have no tips. But I will say that I saw this several times back in the MobileMe days. It's not something new with iCloud, and it could even be a bug in Address Book itself. But I truly have no idea what the cause or solution is.

    Joe
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  • Thanks very much.

    In addition FYI .... but since you've probably "seen it all" it is probably not new to you.... when I go to correct this typo. Some of it corrects but there is now a random "n" sitting in the middle of the note field on all but my main Mac. When I migrated from MobileMe to iCloud two "n"s were added to all devices Note field. Seems strange and not very confidence building IMHO. But nothing perfect even Macs.... ;)

    Thanks for your help.

    And thanks for TC of iCloud. I'm re-reading the first half due to these problems just to make sure I didn't miss something. And also to better understand if there is any way out of my multiple Apple ID fix. Don't think so. I'll just continue to use the other ID for iTunes and Apple Store purchases. Appears if I switch to my iCloud ID I lose more than I gain. As you point out in your ebook, Apple has many customers in this predicament. Hopefully Apple will provide a pathway to consolidate.

    Appreciate... hope all is A+ in Paris,

    Norm
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  • FWIW.... I just turned off iCloud for Contacts on my iPhone and my second Mac.

    Turned back on after a wait period. I still have this random "n" on those two devices but not on my primary.

    I'll next try turning off both of those devices and turning off and deleting Contacts on iCloud's web site if that is possible. Maybe that is done if I turn off Contacts on all three but do not delete on my main Mac. And then restart all.

    FYI.
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