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How to sync iPhone and iPad on a Mac with Catalina macOS?

How to sync iPhone and iPad on a Mac with Catalina macOS?

By  Goraud Mazanec 2019-10-11 1763 0

One of the phrases I was most enthusiastic about in the last keynote of the WWDC19 is the one pronounced by Craig Federighi after announcing the disappearance of iTunes. "This is what happens when you connect an iPhone to a Mac: Nothing!" Finally, macOS Catalina ended the automatic startup of applications like Photos and iTunes when we connected an iOS device, including its security alerts to be able to synchronize data.

How to sync iPhone and iPad on a Mac with Catalina macOS​ 

However, this can be confusing for some users accustomed to local synchronization of content between their Macs and their mobile devices. The solution is to relearn how the computer behaves when it sees a new device connected to it, so let's take a good look at Catalina's new macOS workflow for syncing iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

The local synchronization has not disappeared, it has only moved

First of all, the "nothing happens" thing when you connect one of those devices to the Mac, you have to grasp it with pliers. In doing so, we find the classic request to unlock it, to indicate that we trust the computer to which we have connected through a USB cable. Fortunately, that only happens the first time we make that connection. And the truth is that no application opens automatically, which is to be welcomed.

What we open manually will be a Finder window, in which we will see the icon of our device iOS/iPadOS between the shortcuts in the sidebar. If we click on it we'll see all the information and options available in that same Finder window, as if it were the classic iTunes section we're used to.

From there we'll be able to do everything we've done so far in previous versions of macOS with iTunes:

● Synchronize our locally stored music and videos (everything we had in iTunes is now stored in the new Music application, we haven't lost anything)

● Synchronize other information such as books, photos, TV shows or podcasts in case we prefer to do it locally instead of using the iCloud cloud.

● Back up devices, which are stored in a special system directory. They continue to distinguish themselves as backups in the storage graphics.

● Configure other options previously present in iTunes, such as enabling synchronization via Wi-Fi or reducing the quality of synchronized videos.

Apple has made the good gesture of using practically the same interface that we saw in iTunes, so that the general user does not have too many difficulties in re-situating and verify that the local synchronization of devices has simply changed location.

However, the end of iTunes can also be taken as a warning: local synchronization between iOS/iPadOS devices and computers will become increasingly marginal and could disappear in the long run. And all the more so when iPadOS already has a clear goal of replacing Macs for people who don't have overly professional needs.

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