Known bugs with Apple devices and IBM Traveler

There are known issues using Apple devices with IBM Traveler that have been reported to Apple support.

The following tables show all bugs associated with Apple devices and IBM Traveler, organized by category.

Table 1. Account setup
Problem description Workarounds/More information

Fixed by Apple release

When the Apple device receives an authentication challenge (HTTP 401 response) due to a wrong user or password, the device will repeat the request multiple times before prompting the user to correct the password. If the user does not respond, the device will periodically try again and prompt the user each time. Because the device is making multiple HTTP requests, it may trigger an HTTP lockout due to failed password attempts and the user may have multiple prompts on the device to dismiss in sequence. (11424995)
Note: If you have more than one device, follow these steps for each one but ensure you perform step 1 on all devices before performing steps 2-4. Otherwise, you will lock yourself out on the second device.
  1. On your Apple device, enable Airplane mode so that all WiFi and phone data connections are turned off. Select Settings > Airplane Mode > ON.
  2. On your computer, change your IBM Traveler login password using the password change procedures.
  3. On your Apple device, set the password in your IBM Traveler account to your new IBM Traveler login password. Be careful typing this password, as you do not get a chance to confirm it. Select Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > IBM Traveler > Account Info > Password, and make the change.
  4. On your Apple device, disable Airplane mode by selecting Settings > Airplane Mode > OFF. Re-enable WiFi if necessary.
Not fixed
Some Apps prevent the generation of IBM Traveler profiles, and/or the download of the Traveler App itself.. Known Apps include: FileApp, DownLoader, AirSharing, FTPReader, Mover+, and USB Disk (on iPad only), but there may be more. (8026303)
  1. Uninstall the offending app and reboot the device.
  2. Install the IBM Traveler profile, then reinstall the app.

    Or...

  3. Instead of using the profile to install IBM Traveler, setup the device manually using the information in How do I create an account manually? .
iOS 10.1
The Apple device does not enforce the specified Minimum number of complex characters security setting when specified by the server. (11299535) The Apple device requires alphanumeric security to also be enabled for the minimum number of complex characters to apply. Ensure alphanumeric security is enabled as well. iOS 10.1
After searching personal contacts (not the corporate directory), the Contacts app will send updates for all matching contacts to the server, although the contacts have not been updated by the user. This issue only occurs when the Contacts app is opened while still displaying the previous local contact search results. If the server cannot process all updates before the device times out the request, the contact sync will fail. If the server can process the updates before a timeout, then the issue will likely not occur. (11140665) Clear the search results before leaving the contacts application. If you encounter the issue, remove the account (delete the Apple profile or manually remove the account) from the device and reinstall the account. iOS 10.0.2
Table 2. Mail
Problem description Workarounds/More information

Fixed by Apple release

Apple iOS/iPadOS 13.0 and later: Draft emails cannot be saved to the Drafts folder. (FB7345257) Starting with iOS 13.0, when you choose to save a draft of an email started on the device (Cancel>Save Draft), the saved draft mail cannot be found in the Drafts folder. There is no indication of an error and the draft mail content is lost. Not fixed.
Notices that contain calendar data may not display that data in the Mail application if the calendar event does not have a description/body. Users may see a .ics attachment that cannot be opened or no attachment at all. (FB7341933) iOS is sending a Fetch request to the Traveler server requesting that the notice data be synced as MIME. Once Traveler syncs the MIME data to the device, the device renders the email without the included calendar data. This has only been observed with calendar events that do not contain data in the body/description. Not fixed.
Apple iOS/iPadOS 13.0 and later: after sending one email from the Mail app, two copies of the email appear in the Sent folder. (FB7337231) As of iOS/iPadOS 13.0, Apple devices add an entry to the Sent folder for any emails sent from the Mail app. When the Sent folder is synced, the server entry is added and the device does not remove the original, resulting in a duplicate. Not fixed.
Inline images may not display in the Mail app. The problem persists even after navigating to another mail message and returning, as well as after terminating and restarting the Mail app. (35394005) None Not fixed
On Apple iPhones, embedded images in MIME mail display as HTML tags. (8406447) Navigate to the Home screen, then back to the mail client and reopen the note to view the mail. If that does not work, reboot the device and reopen the mail. Not fixed
Simplified Chinese display names on mail sent from an Apple device will be improperly encoded if the device tries to use the GB2312 encoding. This causes the display name to contain corrupted characters. (10426132) IBM Traveler implemented a work around for this in APAR LO66047. Not fixed
Replies or forwards to a mail message containing images may be missing some or all of the images. (11796974) None Not fixed
When reading mail, the Loading... symbol may display for an extended amount of time before the message loads. This occurs when trying to load mail while the device is syncing other mail. This issue is more common for users who get a large amount of mail every day. It is very common when a user first connects a device, during the first initial sync of data. (12848388) None Not fixed
Mail may render with the inline images either shown as generic icons or missing completely, rather than rendered. (13235522) Navigate to another mail message and then return. If that fails, reboot the device. Not fixed
Apple iOS 7.1 and later levels refresh sync folders too often. When the device requests a folder sync, even though it contains no folder changes, the device begins the sync again. (16915780) A workaround for some cases of this issue is available for IBM Traveler with APAR LO80340. Not fixed
Syncing Exchange ActiveSync mail with the Change command does not update the Subject or Body of the mail. (17624505) In this issue, IBM Traveler replaces the Change operation with the Delete and Add operations. As a result, the device correctly reflects the updated content, but it introduces a timing gap between Delete and Add where the item does not exist. If the device tries to perform another operation between the Delete and Add (for example, a move to another folder), the operation fails. However, once the Add completes, the operation should succeed if retried. The size of the timing gap depends on performance factors, so the faster the system, the smaller the gap. Therefore, you can decrease the gap by improving overall performance, which most often involves upgrading to the latest IBM Traveler release to get all of the latest improvements. Not fixed
Folder names display as a random hexadecimal value, rather than the actual, readable name (10463402) At times, where the readable folder name should be displayed at the top of the view, some combination of alphanumeric text displays instead. This appears to be some sort of internal ID rather than the name. For example, instead of "Personnel", you see "70FB9178-576E-4CA-A08E-....". This issue has existed going back to to iOS 5. Not fixed
Inline images in the Mail app show as white boxes until the app is restarted. (31173739) Terminate and restart the app. Not fixed
Name lookup results do not display on the device, even though Traveler is sending results. (29045165) When a Native Apple Mail user on a Traveler Server begins a new message and types part of the recipients name, the name lookup on the device returns nothing, even though the server has sent down multiple results using XML. Not fixed
When a native Apple Mail user on a Traveler Server attempts to compose a new messages and types part of the recipients name, the name lookup on the device returns nothing. (29045165) Try the search on the device again by deleting and retyping the name. Not fixed
Starting in iOS 7.1, attachments do not display properly when the devices uses the Exchange ActiveSync command GetAttachment to retrieve the data. The attachment will download, but when displayed, it may show a black screen, gray screen, or placeholder application message, rather than the expected content. (16431803) Upgrade your server to at least IBM Traveler 9.0.0.1. iOS 10.1
Some PDF attachments are displayed as blank/all gray. The same attachments synced at other times or by other users may display correctly. (9598038) None iOS 10.1
Long display names for mail sent from a Korean language iOS device are not delivered because the address is truncated and incorrect. (9736766) None iOS 10.1
When replying to a message, the text does not wrap at the edge of the screen and is not visible in its entirety, making composition more difficult. (13235622) None iOS 10.1
Starting in iOS 5, after a folder is renamed on the device, moving mail in and out of the folder causes it to show multiple versions of the same mail instead of just one. This also applies after the folder is renamed when mail changes (for example, a read/unread change) on the server and is synced as an update to the device in that renamed folder. (10904453) Navigate out of the folder, open another folder (for example, the Inbox), and navigate back to the original folder. If this does not work, reboot the device and try again. iOS 10.1
Tables in mail messages are not rendered correctly on iPhone. However, iPad devices display the same table correctly. (16011799) None iOS 10.1
Starting in iOS 7, problems are encountered when deleting mail on the device when offline, and there is often no error message or warning displayed. It may appear the item is deleted, but it will still be seen in the folder view. (16867546) This issue only occurs offline when deleting mail by selecting the Trash icon from the mail view. The issue is not present when swiping the mail from the folder view and selecting Delete, or using the Trash icon when connected to the IBM Traveler server. iOS 10.1
On Apple iPads, mail sender names which contain a middle name in the FROM line are missing the middle name. (8347870) None iOS 10.1
Deleting mail using the Trash icon fails. (17960131) The workaround is to return to the Inbox, swipe on the mail item, then use Trash function. iOS 10.1
Attachments on a mail message are corrupted when the mail is forwarded on iOS 9.3.1 devices (26687880) None iOS 10.1
Table 3. Calendar
Problem description Workarounds/More information

Fixed by Apple release

Apple iOS/iPadOS 13 devices do not send meeting responses to the server if ghosting is disabled. (FB7328175) Responding to a meeting notice may not send the response to the server, causing the event to appear accepted on the device but not on other clients such as Notes.

Workaround: Ghosting is enabled at the Traveler server by default. Check the Traveler server notes.ini parameters for NTS_CALENDAR_GHOSTING_SYNCML and NTS_IOS_CALENDAR_INITIAL_GHOST. If found, make sure that they are set to true.
Not fixed.
If ghosting is disabled on the Traveler server, responding to a calendar notice from an iOS 13 device does not send the response. (FB7328175) iOS 13.0 and 13.1 do not send MeetingResponse requests to the Traveler server unless the event is ghosted to the calendar. Ghosting is enabled by default, check the server notes.ini parameters for NTS_CALENDAR_GHOSTING_SYNCML and NTS_IOS_CALENDAR_INITIAL_GHOST and make sure that they are set to true, if found. Not fixed.
After declining an instance of a repeating meeting, the other instances may be marked tentative. (25114211) Apple Bug 25114211 has been opened for this issue. The Apple device sends both the decline and tentative actions to the server, even though the user did not choose tentative for any instances. Not fixed.
No notice is sent to the last invitee of a meeting when it is canceled using the iOS device. (20684754) Use Notes instead of an iOS device to remove the last invitee. Not fixed
The Calendar Inbox may have an extra/duplicate entry when an event is ghosted or every instance has been changed from the original. This extra entry may have the same data as another entry but may not be removed from the Calendar Inbox even after taking action (Accept/Maybe/Decline) on it. (29252221) If this meeting has outstanding notices that have not been processed or applied, processing these may resolve this issue. For example, if there is an outstanding reschedule, accepting it may correct the Calendar Inbox to show the correct number of entries. This problem applies to iOS 9 and later. Not fixed
Meeting invites generated from webex.com are synced to the device (webex.ics attachment), but when a user opens the attachment and performs an Add To Calendar action, the event appears on the user's device calendar but does not sync to the server. (29043233 and 27691361) Add ics invites using the IBM Notes client. Not fixed
When the user creates a repeating monthly meeting for 5 months and makes multiple changes to instances 2 through 5, and then reschedules the first instance to a later date, all previous changes are lost.(30398937) Do not reschedule the first instance from the device when other instances have changes. Not fixed
Canceling the first instance of a repeating meeting where an invitee was added later results in the meeting Cancellation notice only being sent to the original invitees. The invitee added after the meeting was originally created does not receive a Cancellation notice and the meeting remains on their calendar. (24188983) None. Not fixed
Repeating yearly all day events occurring in 2038 and later appear as two day events in the iOS calendar. (18398844) None. Not fixed
The last instance of All Day repeating events may be missing on the device. This seems to occur when the device timezone has a value East of UTC (such as Berlin, Germany) and the RRULE sent to the device uses a COUNT of instances. The issue isn't present if RRULE uses the UNTIL date or if the timezone is West of UTC (such as New York, USA).(29974878) Workaround included in IBM Traveler version 9.0.1.19 and higher. N/A
The location field is lost on the iOS device calendar when upgrading to iOS 10.2. What makes this issue unique is that the location field is only lost if it starts with a URL. For example, the location field contains https://www.ibm.com. This happens regardless of whether the user is the chair or an invitee to the event.(29853668) Location values are not lost from the server the device syncs with, only from the device. iOS 11.0
Removing an invitee from one instance of a repeating meeting removes them from all instances on iOS 10.2.1 (31067387 and 21448080) Do not remove an attendee using the iOS Native Calendar. iOS 11.0
Starting in iOS 9.2.1, when a meeting Chair creates a repeating event that includes Location information and then modifies the Location, the modified Location value is never sent to the Traveler server (25011200 and 23203433) None. iOS 10.3.3
Starting in iOS 9.2, when a user declines a reschedule from the calendar, a Tentative response is sent instead. (25114211) None. iOS 10.3.3
When rescheduling one instance of a repeating meeting from the device, all events in a recurring meeting may appear to have been rescheduled for all attendees. But no data is changed and they all continue to contain the correct information. (28779634) It is possible this occurs because the device is sending up two sendmail requests. The first sendmail contains only a rule, and the second only a recurrence ID. IBM Traveler Server only expects the second sendmail in a case like this. This issue does not occur when the reschedule is made from a 9.3.5 device. iOS 11.0
On an iOS 7 or later device, using on premises IBM Traveler 9.0.1.5 or later or using IBM SmartCloud Traveler, when the user takes actions on a meeting notice, such as Accept or Tentatively Accept, the action button the user selects may already be highlighted. In this case, the device does not send the appropriate info to the server for processing. This causes the device calendar to have the latest info but the server calendar does not. (15592963) Select the non-highlighted action button. The server will be updated accordingly. As an example, if Accept is already highlighted then use the Tentative button. This will put the event on your calendar as Tentative, but both the device and server calendars will be correct. If the Tentative button is highlighted, then use the Accept button. iOS 10.1
On an iPhone, embedded images in MIME mail display as HTML tags. (8406447) Navigate to the home screen, then back to the mail client. Reopen the mail message. If that does not work, reboot the device, and try again. iOS 10.1
The birthday field created on the device in Contacts is shifted back one day when synced to the server. This problem is Timezone sensitive, and occurs only when the Time Zone on the device is East of GMT. (8417352) A workaround is to store the birthday/anniversary date in the 'note' field of the Apple contact. This field will display under Comments in your Domino contact. iOS 10.1