Tuesday, March 4, 2014

iWant: Faster iOS Device Syncing

Kirk McElhearn:

I’m sitting at my desk right now, waiting to sync my iPhone. I think I started about twenty minutes ago, and all I’m doing is adding a bunch of audio files I want to listen to when I go out for a walk. Which I hope to do before the sun goes down…

Back in the day, this process was much faster than it is now. I don’t know exactly what’s changed since iOS 7, but I see this all the time, on all my iOS devices: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Air.

This has been my experience as well. It is somewhat faster now that I’ve turned off photo syncing in favor of FlickStackr (App Store) and podcast syncing in favor of Downcast (App Store). This is curious since the photos, especially, didn’t change very much but always seemed to require an inordinate amount of time to sync. The nice thing about FlickStackr is that it lets me zoom in more than the regular Photos app. The photos also seem to have fewer JPEG compression artifacts. Unfortunately, I have to remember to tell it to load the photos while I have a Wi-Fi connection.

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