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10.9/iSync/Local Contacts sync

occamsrazor

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Just told by my work to upgrade from 10.8.5 to 10.9 yesterday. Find out today that Apple have removed both SyncServices/iSync and the ability to do local contacts sync over USB/Wifi via iTunes, thus:
a) Forcing you to sync contacts over iCloud
b) Requiring a data connection to sync
c) Removing the ability to sync with non-Apple devices.
Gee, thanks Apple.... will be restoring to 10.8.5 backup as soon as possble...
Yes, there is no question here, just a moan....
 

occamsrazor

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Yeah I heard that, thanks - for iTunes local sync at least. But I highly doubt they'll bring back SyncServices, which still leaves my Nokia unsyncable.

I don't get why Apple feels the need to remove useful functionality... iSync was probably the best thing they ever came up with in my opinion...
 
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occamsrazor

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Well it seems 10.9.3 has indeed brought back iTunes local sync, which is nice (in a "you screwed up taking it away" kind of way).
But iSync support is still missing, so unfortunately I have to stick with 10.8.5. I still don't understand why they had to take that away...
 
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Adamsappel

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Local Sync for Notes?

What local sync has been restored?

Contacts?
Calendar?
Reminders?
Notes?

Understanding the problem
 
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occamsrazor

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From what I understand...

Contacts? Yes
Calendar? Yes
Reminders? No
Notes? No
 
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Weaselboy

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Question for somebody running OS X.9.3.

Does the local sync allow USB and Wifi sync, or just USB sync ?

Thanks

I have not tested it, but from the looks of this warning in iTunes, you can do both buy you will get duplicates. I have iCloud sync on in this shot.

 
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occamsrazor

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Yes, I had problems with duplicates also. Choose iTunes sync or iCloud sync - one or the other, not both.
 
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Roadside

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Recovering Cloudie Now Syncs Locally Again...

Hi, I joined MacRumors to discuss the issue of local sync, since I struggled with it. I'm in OS 10.10 (Yosemite.) I was lured by the siren's song of iCloud and thought I'd try it out. Got nervous about data security (Apple's been making the news a lot recently, regarding security breaches) and decided I wanted to go back to local sync for contacts/calendars. (I don't think local sync is possible for notes; wish it were.)

Long story short: Once you go to iCloud, getting your contacts and calendars "out of the cloud" is difficult--I basically had to "trick" iCloud out of my data. But it can be done, and then you can once again sync your iPhone with your Mac over a USB cable securely. So yes, it is possible to sync locally in Yosemite via iTunes; I'm a recovering "cloudie" and I sync locally again. See:

https://discussions.apple.com/message/27769760

There is also the SyncMate option.

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Oh, by the way...while I was going through the process of de-clouding, once I got contacts and calendars local again, I started to experiment with turning on a few cloud apps. I turned Notes back on (in sys prefs>iCloud), with no drama. Works great. But then I turned Reminders back on, and my local (mac) Calendar disappeared before my very eyes. Apparently Reminders wants access to the cloud version of a calendar? Since I had deleted my calendars from the cloud, accessing Reminders called the blank cloud calendar down into my local mac. So I had to restore Calendars all over again. I don't use Reminders at all, now. There may be a way to do it but I decided to stand pat. Never really figured out the advantage to Reminders over a list in Notes, anyway.
 
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