iTunes 11.1.6 to restore local contact, calendar sync

iTunes 11.1.6 to restore local contact, calendar sync

Summary: A new beta of iTunes released to developers restores a key synchronization feature removed in OS X Mavericks.

TOPICS: Apple, iPhone, iPad
iTunes to restore local contact syncing - Jason O'Grady

Developers are getting their first look at a new version of iTunes that restores a feature Apple took away in OS X Mavericks (a.k.a. 10.9): local contact syncing. 

In December 2013, I wrote about how Mavericks eliminated the choice to manually sync contacts, calendars, bookmarks and notes between Macs and iOS devices forcing their storage on iCloud instead. The decision was made because Apple wanted to move away from Sync Services but it ruffled a lot of feathers in the process because it forced iPhone and iPad users to store their contacts (and calendars) on Apple's iCloud servers if they wanted them to sync between devices – a tentpole feature of iOS.

The Apple Discussions forums are rife with complaints about the change because of privacy issues associated with storing contacts on iCloud. Apple users in Europe are particularly vocal due the NSA privacy scandal and because privacy laws tend to be more stringent outside the U.S. Another problem is that contacts stored on iCloud can only be removed by canceling the iCloud account.

Apparently enough people gave Apple feedback on the feature, prompting its engineers to restore the iTunes feature in today's beta. 

9to5Mac reports that the developer version of iTunes 11.1.6 – released alongside OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta (build 13D17) – "restores the ability to sync contacts and calendar information to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from your Mac running OS X 10.9.3." The current version of iTunes (11.1.5) still lacks local contact and calendar sync, but it appears that the next iTunes release will bring the feature back.

Apple doesn't pre-announce release dates but iTunes 11.1.6 is likely to arrive within the next 30 days or so. 

Topics: Apple, iPhone, iPad

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    While I do want to say thanks for this tiny backtrack.. there are many more they need to do as well... but...

    Seriously, stop removing functionality. We use this stuff...A LOT. You can add new features, but don't remove anything in favor of a "Cloud" solution. The biggest problem with the cloud solution is that it doesn't work if you aren't connected to the cloud and apple doesn't give you an easy way to update anything stored in its cloud... which is fine, but just let us use the existing features and add to them. People will switch to the cloud that can and others won't. Choice is a good thing..

    oh.. and please don't ignore the call for MUCH bigger Screens on phones and MUCH more storage on phones. Cloud doesn't cut it as bandwidth COSTS... just let us sync and store all we want.
  • Correction....

    OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta (build 13D19) containing iTunes 11.1.6 beta has been released to employees only and not as yet to developers who are currently running (build 13D17).

    (build 13D19) as of yet is not showing as a pre-seed.
    • Similarly icloud contact can beremoved from an iclpud account

      Article is incorrect - just log into click on contacts, the settings cog, select all, and delete. Job done. You can keep you icloud account and just remove the contacts. You can also export a vcard to import to gmail, hotmail, etc.

      Also removing itunes sync, although annoying to a few, did not force you to use icloud per se as you could use any number of online mail services to sync instead.

      I'm glad it's back, just a couple of corrections.
  • Update....

    pre-seed of OS X 10.9.3 beta (build 13D21) has just been released to developers which incorporates iTunes 11.1.6 beta
  • Thank God.

    Leaving iCloud as the only sync option was evidently not a smart decision. Since I upgraded to Mavericks, I had to use Windows via Parallels and transfer the contacts from the iPhone to Outlook as described here:

    Not the most ideal way for Mac users if you ask me. Thank god Apple returned the previous option.
  • And Safari Bookmark Syncing Still Missing

    Maybe it's just me, but syncing of Safari bookmarks was never put back. What a pain in the #$%^&