iSync

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iSync
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iSync 3 screenshot
Developer(s) Apple Inc.
Stable release 3.1.2 (586.1) / November 10, 2010; 3 years ago (2010-11-10)
Development status Removed as of July 20, 2011
Operating system Mac OS X
Type Personal information manager

iSync is a software application first released by Apple Inc. on Jan 2, 2003. Apple licensed the core technology from fusionOne. It ran only under Mac OS X and was used to synchronize contact and calendar data from Address Book and iCal with many non-Apple SyncML-enabled mobile phones via a Bluetooth or USB connection. Support for many (pre-October 2007) devices was built-in,[1] with newer devices being supported via manufacturer and third-party iSync Plugins. Support for Palm OS organizers and compatible smartphones was removed with the release of iSync 3.1 and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. BlackBerry OS, Palm OS, and Windows Mobile (Pocket PC) devices could not be used with iSync, but were supported by third-party applications. Before the release of Mac OS X 10.4, iSync also synchronized a user's Safari bookmarks with the MobileMe subscription service provided by Apple.

Starting with Mac OS X 10.4, much of iSync's original syncing functionality had been moved into the Sync Services framework, which developers can use to incorporate synchronization into their own applications. iSync, however, retained responsibility for the setup, configuration and synchronising of supported mobile handsets. Since the release of iTunes 4.8, the user interface for synchronizing iPods had been delegated to iTunes, although conflict-resolution and substantial changes to contact information (>5%) shows use of iSync. Synchronization with MobileMe (previously .Mac) was then the domain of MobileMe Sync, accessible through a System Preferences pane.

iSync was removed from Mac OS X in version 10.7 (Lion).[2] However since the underlying framework still existed in Lion, it was possible to restore the functionality of iSync using a 10.6 (Snow Leopard) installation or backup.[3]

Version history[edit]

iSync version Operating system version Release date Features
10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6
3.1 Yes August 28, 2009 Released as part of Mac OS X v10.6. Also final release of iSync.
3.0.2 Yes May 28, 2008 Released as part of Mac OS X v10.5.3
3.0 Yes October 26, 2007 Released as part of Mac OS X v10.5.
2.4 Yes March 13, 2007 Released as a part of Mac OS X v10.4.9 update. Added support for additional mobile handsets from Motorola, Nokia and Sony Ericsson and offered initial support for two mobile handsets from Samsung.
2.3 Yes June 27, 2006 Released as a part of Mac OS X v10.4.7 update. Added support for additional mobile handsets.
2.2 Yes April 3, 2006 Released as a part of Mac OS X v10.4.6 update. Added support for additional mobile handsets, including many Nokia Series 40 devices.
2.1.1 Yes January 10, 2006 Released as a part of Mac OS X v10.4.4 update. Added support for additional mobile handsets.
2.1 Yes July 11, 2005 Added support for more devices.
2.0 Yes April 29, 2005 Released as part of Mac OS X v10.4. iSync now only syncs data between portable devices. Data synching between computers is handled by the operating system.
1.5 Yes Yes August 10, 2004 Added support for more devices.
1.4 Yes Yes February 17, 2004 Added support for more devices including Symbian phones and the iPod mini.
1.3 Yes Yes October 24, 2003 Released to coincide with Mac OS X v10.3 release. Adding support for more devices.
1.2.1 Yes October 8, 2003 Added support for more devices and calendar support for Symbian phones.
1.1 Yes June 3, 2003 Added support for more devices. Added bookmark synching between Macs.
1.0 Yes January 2, 2003 First non-beta release.

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