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britpop
Dec 27, 2007, 01:33 PM
Can you connect the Apple Universal Dock with the FireWire cable available at the Apple Store to the new Intel iMac for syncing and charging the Touch



ChrisBrightwell
Dec 27, 2007, 01:58 PM
You can use that dock with any iPod dock-connector cable, IIRC, so it should be no problem.

walnuts
Dec 27, 2007, 02:22 PM
You can't use the firewire cable with a 5th gen ipod- I don't think they re-started support for firewire with the ipod touch.

I don't understand why they stopped though.

britpop
Dec 27, 2007, 02:36 PM
But is there a difference when connecting the firewire cable to the dock as apposed to connecting it to the ipod?

rdowns
Dec 27, 2007, 02:41 PM
You can connect both the iPod touch and iPhone to a Firewire dock to charge. You can NOT sync via Firewire.

ChrisBrightwell
Dec 27, 2007, 02:52 PM
USB will charge and sync the iPod, but will NOT charge while the Mac is asleep. Some report that leaving it connected while the host machine sleeps will actually DRAIN the battery.

FireWire will charge but NOT sync the iPod. It will also charge while the Mac is asleep.

I have one of the old firewire/USB hybrid cables that Apple sells and use that for my iPod touch. It sucks to use two ports, but it's a necessary evil for me. I don't leave my PowerBook running all night, but I want to charge my iPod and not worry about having to disconnect it.

walnuts
Dec 27, 2007, 03:18 PM
I have one of the old firewire/USB hybrid cables that Apple sells and use that for my iPod touch. It sucks to use two ports, but it's a necessary evil for me. I don't leave my PowerBook running all night, but I want to charge my iPod and not worry about having to disconnect it.

You know, I use a belkin (i think, don't have it here) usb hub that has its own power cord to sync and charge my iphone. It works perfectly-it wakes my imac up when I put the phone in the dock, syncs quickly, and when my mac goes to sleep the phone continues to charge. Costs money, but no need to waste a port.

I have one of those split cables that you mention- I can't use it anymore because none of my ipods/phone can use it anymore.

TheSpaz
Dec 27, 2007, 03:39 PM
USB will charge and sync the iPod, but will NOT charge while the Mac is asleep. Some report that leaving it connected while the host machine sleeps will actually DRAIN the battery.

FireWire will charge but NOT sync the iPod. It will also charge while the Mac is asleep.

I have one of the old firewire/USB hybrid cables that Apple sells and use that for my iPod touch. It sucks to use two ports, but it's a necessary evil for me. I don't leave my PowerBook running all night, but I want to charge my iPod and not worry about having to disconnect it.

In Leopard, you can sleep your computer while your iPod charges and it works because I've done it. I have only USB cables, no FireWire.

britpop
Dec 27, 2007, 04:39 PM
My iPod's charge with USB during sleep (Intel iMac + 10.5.1)

ChrisBrightwell
Dec 27, 2007, 10:12 PM
In Leopard, you can sleep your computer while your iPod charges and it works because I've done it. I have only USB cables, no FireWire.

My iPod's charge with USB during sleep (Intel iMac + 10.5.1)

I just tested this on my PowerBook and confirm that it still does NOT charge over USB while the PowerBook is asleep. It'll charge over firewire while asleep, but not over USB.

TheSpaz
Dec 27, 2007, 10:42 PM
I just tested this on my PowerBook and confirm that it still does NOT charge over USB while the PowerBook is asleep. It'll charge over firewire while asleep, but not over USB.

I think you need an Intel Mac with Leopard to charge over USB during sleep. It works on my Mac Pro and the other user's iMac.

ChrisBrightwell
Dec 28, 2007, 02:45 AM
I think you need an Intel Mac with Leopard to charge over USB during sleep.

This may be true. Strange, but true. :cool: