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You’re probably right. As a non-dev but just-dangerous-enough power user, I’ve heard mixed bits of how iOS works in a case like this. Early on, as I understood it, iOS threw out the baby with the bathwater when you delete an app. These days it sounds like it’s evolved into some sort of “yes it holds onto some types of data in some cases and maybe iCloud can restore you data if you reinstall an app even if it isn’t built to use iCloud’s services” and the whole thing is just confusing.

Sometimes deleting an app nukes everything so you truly get a clean slate when you reinstall. Sometimes credentials are left in the keychain (which seems to be Evernote’s case). But in general it’s turned into a pretty confusing user experience these days, and a risky troubleshooting step. I don’t know how iOS will behave in these cases, and iTunes isn’t helping matters.

I can’t trust it anymore. That’s a problem.

You’re probably right. As a non-dev but just-dangerous-enough power user, I’ve heard mixed bits of how iOS works in a case like this. Early on, as I understood it, iOS threw out the baby with the bathwater when you delete an app. These days it sounds like it’s evolved into some sort of “yes it holds onto some types of data in some cases and maybe iCloud can restore you data if you reinstall an app even if it isn’t built to use iCloud’s services” and the whole thing is just confusing.

Sometimes deleting an app nukes everything so you truly get a clean slate when you reinstall. Sometimes credentials are left in the keychain (which seems to be Evernote’s case). But in general it’s turned into a pretty confusing user experience these days, and a risky troubleshooting step. I don’t know how iOS will behave in these cases, and iTunes isn’t helping matters.

I can’t trust it anymore. That’s a problem.