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  • Wireless iTunes Sync App Submitted to Apple
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ7xn86Zwyo&feature=player_embedded]YouTube - Wi-Fi Sync: Wirelessly sync your iPhone with iTunes[/ame]


    A new App Store submission, Wi-Fi Sync, promises to let you sync your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with your iTunes library without the need to use a physical cable. And while we don't know if this app will face the banhammer for "duplicating existing iPhone functionality" as other apps have in the past, it's definitely a feature that some users will really be attracted to, and given increasing laxity in recent weeks at the App Store, there's a possibility this one may get through.

    Developer Greg Hughes came up with a tidy little hack allowing iTunes and a mobile device to link up wirelessly, and he's showing it off on YouTube, possibly to build a little buzz for the app and hopefully put some pressure on Apple to approve his submission. All we know about the app is what's in the video: you "pair" your desktop and the iPhone/iPad/iPod and it appears on your iTunes sidebar. After the pairing process is done the first time, syncing can happen automagically thereafter.

    Wi-Fi Sync is simple and straightforward, and should have been built into the iPhone from the start… which prompts the question: why wasn't it? I mean, it's possible that Apple thought that nobody would want such a feature, given that syncing even a small library over WiFi will just crawl compared to USB. However, flexibility should be the watchword, and it'd be worth having to option of syncing my iphone from, say, the bedside cradle rather than coming downstairs and waiting for it to transfer.

    Of course, there's a good possibility Apple will reject this right out of hand. However, now that formerly rejected apps are available for the iPhone, it could be that the reviewers are becoming less strict. And while Wi-Fi Sync does certainly do something that's a part of the iPhone's core feature set - namely, syncing with iTunes - the ability to do it without a physical connection should be a significant enough improvement to allow the app.

    If not… well, we'll see this one on Cydia for sure, and it'll be yet another boost from Cupertino to the jailbreaking community. Go Apple.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Wireless iTunes Sync App Submitted to Apple started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 67 Comments
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      I'm looking forward to it. From Apple or Cydia doesn't matter to me either way.

      Quote Originally Posted by s4mb4 View Post
      It also takes money away from apple because it would eliminate me.com
      I don't think it would hurt MobileMe at all. Syncing to my PC is great, but doesn't send me my emails. My PC won't find my iPhone and let me remote wipe it (without MobileMe). I'd still keep my MobileMe account.
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      What's funny is...
      I spent all of yesterday trying to find some sort of app to do this! I even tried bluetooth, and I wasn't successful!
    1. torturedsoul802's Avatar
      torturedsoul802 -
      I see this being useful in that maybe we can eventually "Bump" songs from one phone to another =)
    1. ddonuts4's Avatar
      ddonuts4 -
      hate to kill people's hopes, but couldnt this guy have just plugged in another phone, then played a video of it syncing on the iphone?
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Ok, the calendars/notes/mail accounts syncing I can see since developers are given access to that...but adding media to the iPod app?? Does I smell some private frameworkz?

      It's a very useful app based on an original idea worked into a unique user interface that is simple to use, and likely took a good bit of time to develop. Of COURSE it will be rejected.
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      I can't see myself using this to copy, say, my whole music library since it's over 6.5 GB, but for something simple like backing up my iPod after i change something important or install beta software this would definitely be useful. Because rather then going from one level of the house to another you could sit right where you were and sync (:
    1. PM5K's Avatar
      PM5K -
      It's not even so much that I need it, but for some reason Apple decided to make one of the most cutting edge devices (a few years ago at least) but then turned around and did some stupid **** like not include MMS, etc.

      Having to connect a wire is antiquated, and if the Zune HD can do it the iPhone should be able to as well. Hell we're already working on wireless charging, but I can't wireless sync, how crazy is that?
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      That is awesome! I'm certain that it will be rejected since it violates their dumb SDK terms. At least, we have Cydia for them.
    1. AlexCrammer's Avatar
      AlexCrammer -
      Yay now we need them to make a Bluetooth sync app for iPods to sync anywhere without having to be on Wi-Fi!
    1. JonnyBoy123's Avatar
      JonnyBoy123 -
      This app is guna be SICK! The only thing is, I want to know if this is guna be free or if it's guna cost me. I really hope it gets approved to the App Store! But if it doesn't, I really hope this guy makes the right choice and posts it to Cydia! Cuz either way, I wana test this app out!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Why does everything have to be through Wifi? It's so f**king lame. What happens if I don't have Wifi and only have Bluetooth on my MBP?
      Use Bluetooth. Put it in Cydia and make it use Bluetooth instead of Wifi!!!
      And isn't bluetooth the slower of the 2?
    1. remag49's Avatar
      remag49 -
      I can't wait till this gets released!
    1. Shimizu1006's Avatar
      Shimizu1006 -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      this will rule all things

      i agree.
    1. ModJoe's Avatar
      ModJoe -
      lookin forward to this App,...
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      I was really hoping the rumor of wireless iTunes sync was true for OS 4.0, but this works just as good I guess!
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      I doubt very much that this will see the app store.

      Still nice work, but personally, I'm happy just using a cable
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Why does everything have to be through Wifi? It's so f**king lame. What happens if I don't have Wifi and only have Bluetooth on my MBP?
      Use Bluetooth. Put it in Cydia and make it use Bluetooth instead of Wifi!!!
      Make an Ad Hoc network with your laptop's airport card and voila!

      +Apple give you, like, 3 things you can do with bluetooth. File transfers is not one of them.
    1. laz305's Avatar
      laz305 -
      It's about time I can't wait to get this app. Way to go!!!
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Wow, this looks excellent. It's something many of us have been wanting for quite a while. If it's approved, I'll definitely be buying.