Ever since the first time I hooked up my first iPhone to my computer via USB, and watched the crunching away of the sync process, I wished for wireless syncing.
Now there’s a new app that’s in review, one that would bring all my Wifi syncing fantasies to life. Sounds great — problem is, as noted, it’s in review. So it’s not in the App Store yet. And truth is, it might not get approved. In fact, it’s highly likely that it won’t be.
The current lack of over-the-air syncing isn’t a hardware limitation, but one that Apple hasn’t explored, possibly due to security and speed issues. Wifi always represents a challenge for security.
As far as speed’s concerned, a USB 2.0 hardwire connection can transfer data faster (at 500 Mbps) than doing the same over the air. There are variables, of course — Are you using 802.11N or B/G? How far away from the router are you? etc… — but in general, a tethered connection is the fastest.
Even so, I’d love to have this option for convenience’ sake. Wi-Fi Sync would only involve a few simple steps on your device and computer to set up. The biggest hurdle, however, is getting Apple to allow a third-party app to interface directly with iTunes.
Sure, there are plenty of people who think iTunes will eventually move to the cloud anyway. And if that happens, then wireless syncing will pretty much be required. But there’s no telling how long that could take.
Meanwhile, I’ll just have to make do with looking at the demo vid and drooling. Ain’t it sweet?