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Why no 3rd party sync?

2911 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Mar 26, 2010 4:05 PM by Daiya RSS
bediddleby Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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Mar 26, 2010 7:00 AM
One of the most maddening lack-of-features on the iPhone (which has been around on Blackberry & Window Mobile phones forEVER) is the inability for 3rd party apps to sync their data with either the existing Mac/PC apps (i.e. Mail, Address Book, iCal, Outlook, etc.) or a desktop version of their app (i.e. Ascendo DataVault - see http://www.ascendo-inc.com/datavault/iphone/FAQ.html#SyncCable). Some are able to circumvent this limitation by synchronizing over WiFi, etc., within their app, but that's very clunky.

Why shouldn't that nifty notes/todo app be able to synchronize with my iCal, Stickies, or even their own app via my normal iTunes sync? I've never seen this addressed and am wondering if I've just missed it. Is there a reason for it, is it forthcoming - does anyone have an inside scoop? It's just a little embarrassing to continue making excuses for my iPhone for things the competition has been doing for nearly a decade and am curious if this is something that might be on the radar.
MacBook 13" (unibody), Mac OS X (10.6.2), iPhone 3GS
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,720 points)
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    Mar 26, 2010 7:13 AM (in response to bediddleby)
    Send feedback - http://apple.com/feedback

    If you're so embarrassed by your iPhone, why not sell it and buy a BB or WinMo phone since they apparently have the features you want?
    MacBook , Mini (10.5.8), Airport Express, iPhone 3G x 2, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
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    Mar 26, 2010 7:20 AM (in response to bediddleby)
    This is a Technical Support forum - not Facebook. It was clear in the Terms you signed up to ....
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.6.2), iPhone 3GS 32G
  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (18,680 points)
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    Mar 26, 2010 7:45 AM (in response to bediddleby)
    If you're asking why Apple didn't implement a specific feature, you're never going to find the answer here or anywhere. You will find many opinions and discussions, all pretty much worthless in the end because they don't make any difference other than for people to beat their chests.

    The bottom line is Apple does it the way they want and if you don't like it, deal with it or buy something else.

    There are several things I don't like about the iPhone but overall, it's the best phone for me, thus I deal with it's shortcomings and move on with life, not worrying and ranting about things that I can't change or are not important.
    HP DV7 Laptop, Windows Vista, iPhone 3G 8GB 3.1.3
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,720 points)
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    Mar 26, 2010 7:51 AM (in response to bediddleby)
    This is a user to user tech support forum. The terms you agreed to do not allow anyone to speculate on future additions to any product line. Anyone who actually knows anything has signed an NDA and can't discuss it.

    Feedback is the ONLY way to let Apple know your feelings.
    MacBook , Mini (10.5.8), Airport Express, iPhone 3G x 2, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (18,680 points)
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    Mar 26, 2010 8:42 AM (in response to bediddleby)
    You're probably right. I guess I was just hoping some Apple insiders might frequent here ...


    There are NO true Apple insiders, i.e. people that don't work for Apple, that know what Apple is doing and tell others. This is shown in the fact that there is no 'sure' info an an Apple product until it's officially announced to the public or at best a few days before. Apple goes to extreme lengths to keep their product development secret.
    HP DV7 Laptop, Windows Vista, iPhone 3G 8GB 3.1.3
  • Daiya Level 4 Level 4 (1,655 points)
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    Mar 26, 2010 4:05 PM (in response to bediddleby)
    Side note--Interestingly, Apple does open up MobileMe syncing, which is magically unclunky--so third parties can use Apple's cloud service to go from their app to their desktop app (I assume free to the developer). But a developer replied to me once that Apple doesn't make it that easy, and indeed, not that many apps offer MobileMe syncing.

    Even Bento, produced by Filemaker, a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, doesn't use iTunes or cable-based syncing.
    MacBook Pro 2ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.8), first-gen iPhone, MobileMe

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