Next Version of iTunes Restores Local Contact and Calendar Syncing

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Apple today seeded a new version of 10.9.3 to employees, reports 9to5Mac, but more importantly, the company also launched a new iTunes 11.1.6 beta, which includes an important syncing feature that has been missing since the launch of Mavericks.

According to the release notes, iTunes 11.1.6 "restores the ability to sync contacts and calendar information to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from your Mac running OS X 10.9.3."

When iOS 7 and Mavericks were introduced back in September, Apple removed local syncing in favor of cloud syncing, allowing users to sync calendars, contacts, bookmarks, and notes only via iCloud. Many users were unhappy with the feature removal and their inability to sync information to their iOS devices using their Macs.

Apple's Support Communities has a 212 page thread on the issue, and MacRumors has received multiple complaints about the removal of local sync since Mavericks was released. It appears that the next version of Mavericks and iTunes 11.1.6 will restore the feature, once again allowing users to sync locally.

At the current point in time, iTunes 11.16 and the newest version of OS X 10.9.3 are only available to Apple employees, but the betas should be seeded to developers in the near future.

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MikhailT

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This would be a very quick 10.9.3 update if they're already seeding it out to employees.
 

meme1255

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Someone FiNALLY understood that they just can't do they whatever they want?
Now just fix remaining bugs in Mavericks and everyone will be happy :)
 

newagemac

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Not sure why anyone would go through the time and hassle of doing that anymore but I guess whatever floats your boat.
 

Dulcimer

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I just read an article yesterday about how tech companies are forcing us to use their cloud solutions, of which we have no control. The author included the example of how Apple removed local Calendar sync through iTunes and forced iCloud on its users.

Glad to see that Apple is reversing its decision.
 

dumastudetto

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Seriously who is still using iTunes to sync Contacts and Calendars in this day and age? :eek: iCloud does everything you need and is the most reliable cloud syncing service on earth.
 

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I have to be honest and tell you that I did not even realize the feature was missing. I rarely connect my iPhones or iPad to the Mac. Pretty much I do all my syncing through iCloud. What advantage is there of doing a local sync at this point?

By sharing through the iCloud my wife and I can share the same calendar across our 5 combined devices and we have had no issues.
 

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"Had no idea this was missing, since I use iCloud instead." -Everyone
 

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Wow! Amazing how much innovation we've seen from Apple today. 8GB iPhone 5C, iPad 4, and now this! They are just kicking Google's butt when it comes to innovation :rolleyes:

I kid. kind of.
 

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Seriously who is still using iTunes to sync Contacts and Calendars in this day and age? :eek: iCloud does everything you need and is the most reliable cloud syncing service on earth.
There can be valid reasons for doing it locally. Imagine for example a one-person business that wants to sync their customers' phone numbers from their computer to their phone. It's a violation of privacy law to give those details to a third-party so it therefore must happen locally.

Edit: I've had a few responses to this. It's based on my own understanding of the NZ Privacy Act which I was led to believe forbade the disclosure of personal information to third-parties without express permission. I could be wrong; I'm certainly not a lawyer, but that's my understanding of the local law. This document appears to back this up, as this disclosure doesn't appear to meet any of those criteria.
 
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Rigby

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Seriously who is still using iTunes to sync Contacts and Calendars in this day and age? :eek: iCloud does everything you need and is the most reliable cloud syncing service on earth.
People who have confidential contacts or appointments that are not suitable for the cloud (where the information is potentially accessible by hackers, government agencies, and Apple). Think lawyers, investigative journalists, business people without a corporate exchange server etc.
 

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According to the release notes, iTunes 11.1.6 "restores the ability to sync contacts and calendar information to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from your Mac running OS X 10.9.3."
I went all iCloud sometime during 10.8.x and I tried to change it back to local in ~10.9.1.

I thought I was going crazy trying to figure out how to do it, that explains a lot...
 

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I'm syncing contacts through Google (CardDAV) and calendars through iCloud, but I guess it's cool they're restoring this. Myself, I don't miss much the days of having stuff on my iPhone (or, at the time, my iPod Touch) outdated because I haven't synced with my Mac at home.
 

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macrumor, you forgot a decimal point at the end of the article. Unless of course there really is a 11.16 beta out there -- that would be a serious rumor :D
 

Voch

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Nice to hear that it's coming back as I was using local syncing for contacts and calendars until it was removed from iTunes. The removal got me to pony up the $20 for OS X Server and it's been great. Using CalDAV, CardDAV, and Mail to sync calendars/reminders, contacts, and notes with my "server" Mac to my other Macs and iOS devices. Works great for those not ready to "cloud" yet.
 

rockstarjoe

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Cool. Now I'd like it if they added back an iPhoto feature that they removed, the ability to share your Library locally on a network (like you can share your library in iTunes). Can't believe they removed such a useful feature in the first place.
 

RyanFromQA

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Not sure why anyone would go through the time and hassle of doing that anymore but I guess whatever floats your boat.
This week I'm between phones and I'm using my backup (an iPhone 3G). Google Exchange is no longer available, iCloud doesn't work on the phone, and contact sync on Gmail accounts didn't exist back then so . . . . this is my only option. I actually emailed myself a VCF of all my contacts last night because this limitation.
 

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There can be valid reasons for doing it locally. Imagine for example a one-person business that wants to sync their customers' phone numbers from their computer to their phone. It's a violation of privacy law to give those details to a third-party so it therefore must happen locally.
Can you give me some citation or source? I don't think it's true..
 

snorkelman

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are they restoring sync services in full or just cobbling up some sort of itunes only sync for contacts and calendars?

As I understood it the problem went a whole lot deeper than just folks using itunes to sync those two items to an ios device (i.e. 3rd party apps for other phones etc that used sync services as their underlying framework for local sync?)
 

Adamsappel

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Not sure why anyone would go through the time and hassle of doing that anymore but I guess whatever floats your boat.
Here I show how a few hundred million users will be needing it for another decade at least.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1717279