9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 10, 2011 8:26 PM by curious r
curious r Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
Hi all, New iPad user here, so far pretty comfortable with most operations cept I have one small query.

Is it possible to connect the iPad to your Mac without having iTunes and especially iPhoto automatically open? I will continue searching the forum, any pointers appreciated!

24 in. iMac PC,, Mac OS X (10.6.4),  iPhone 3G 16 GB, Time Capsule, AirPort Express, Iomega 1TB ext, iPad 29 GB
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (95,950 points)
    HI,

    Connect your iPad to your Mac, launch iTunes. From the Summary tab deselect: Open iTunes when this iPad is connected.

    Now click the Photos tab from the menu. Deselect: Sync Photos from

    See if that helps. You may need to quit iTunes (Command + Q) the relaunch iTunes for those changes to take effect.










    Carolyn
  • Demo Level 10 Level 10 (81,820 points)
    Carolyn is correct. I jumped the gun. Remainder of post removed.

    Message was edited by: Demo
  • curious r Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thanks Carolyn for your time and help!

    I connected my iPad to my Mac and iTunes and iPhoto automatically opened, clicked on the summary tab in iTunes but the "*open iTunes when this iPad is connected*" in not an option. It appears in the dull grey text. My iPad software version is 4.2.1 which I should have mentioned, not sure if this is important to know.

    I deselected sync photos.

    With the new device I find that I am connecting and disconnecting with my Mac more often than probably normal as I explore. It is just annoying to have to eject/unmount and close two applications constantly and I don't like to force anything.

    I did a trial run and both applications (iTunes/iPhoto) popped open but did not commence a sync. I guess what I would really be happy with working within the possibilities is that *iTunes automatically open but not iPhoto* as I don't alway need to sync photos. This may be a silly wish as everything is syncing quite nicely.

    Rod
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (76,980 points)
    If you don't want to sync anything, why are you connecting it to your Mac?
  • curious r Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    *To recharge the battery.*

    I have limited electrical outlets.

    I know that I can connect a camera without iPhoto opening.
  • Demo Level 10 Level 10 (81,820 points)
    I think this is what you have to do now.

    Launch iTunes on your computer. At the top -click on iTunes and drag down to open preferences. In the preferences there is a heading for Devices. Click on that. At the bottom there is a box that says - Prevent iPod, iPhone and iPad from syncing automatically. Make sure that box is NOT checked. If it is checked the option for ... Open iTunes When this iPad is connected ... will be greyed out. Quit iTunes and connect your iPad launch iTunes and see if you now have the option to click the box - Open iTunes when this .....

    Then try to check the box to prevent iTunes from opening automatically. Then you can go back into the iTunes preferences, back to Devices, and check - Prevent iPod, iPhone and iPad from syncing automatically. If all goes well, when you connect your iPad, iTunes will not open nor will it sync automatically. If you do want it to sync automatically, keep the box under Devices, in Preferences, unchecked.
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (76,980 points)
    I know that I can connect a camera without iPhoto opening.

    Connect the iPad and look in iPhoto prefs. There should be an option to prevent the iPad from opening iPhoto.
    If it's not there (depends on the version of iPhoto), open *Image Capture* in the Applications folder and it's in the prefs.
  • curious r Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thank you very much Demo for helping navigate part of the Appleverse! Sometimes, especially for me if I have not set up certain preferences, it can be difficult to find everything. I was able to change the preferences in iTunes and ran a trial. Sweet, the device showed up but did not automatically start syncing. Now I can recharge and sync when I want.

    The second part of this query has been answered by *Chris CA*. Thanks Chis! I wanted to connect my iPad without iPhoto automatically opening. The preferences for this could not be found in my iPhoto version 9.1.1 but I was able to change this in Image Capture version 6.0. I was not familiar with Image Capture. It worked now I will see what happens when I plug my iPhone into my iMac. At least at this point I know where to find the preferences to tweak.

    Now on to my next mission which is to find out the lifespan of an iPad. I was told by an Apple Store employee that the battery is built/sealed in and cannot be replaced which is why it was designed to be a low energy using device.

    The forum has been as great source of information and guidance and I really appreciate your time!
  • curious r Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thank you very much Demo for helping navigate part of the Appleverse! Sometimes, especially for me if I have not set up certain preferences, it can be difficult to find everything. I was able to change the preferences in iTunes and ran a trial. Sweet, the device showed up but did not automatically start syncing. Now I can recharge and sync when I want.

    The second part of this query has been answered by Chris CA. Thanks Chis! I wanted to connect my iPad without iPhoto automatically opening. The preferences for this could not be found in my iPhoto version 9.1.1 but I was able to change this in Image Capture version 6.0. I was not familiar with Image Capture. It worked now I will see what happens when I plug my iPhone into my iMac. At least at this point I know where to find the preferences to tweak.

    Now on to my next mission which is to find out the lifespan of an iPad. I was told by an Apple Store employee that the battery is built/sealed in and cannot be replaced which is why it was designed to be a low energy using device.

    The forum has been as great source of information and guidance and I really appreciate your time!