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6. iPhone and iPod touch Push Syncing

Chapter 6. iPhone and iPod touch Push Syncing

When the iPhone debuted, some people asked why it couldn't sync over the air. After all, the touchable glass slab had not one, not two, but three separate wireless transceivers: cellular, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. Nonetheless, it could sync to the Mac only via a wired USB connection. When the Wi-Fi-licious iPod touch came out, it, too, synced over a USB cable connection. It took both a major update to the mobile OS X that drives the iPhone and the touch, and the metamorphosis of Apple's online .Mac service into MobileMe, before wireless syncing came to these devices. It came in the form of push.

Everyone's Getting So Pushy!

This section covers using MobileMe to do push syncing between a Mac and an iPhone or iPod touch. However, the iPhone and iPod touch can now wirelessly sync contact and calendar information with a variety of sources other than MobileMe. For example, these devices can sync Google and Yahoo contacts and calendars directly with these services, and they can talk to Exchange servers wirelessly as well. See Sync Exchange Directly and Sync Managed Information Without MobileMe for more details.


  

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