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Details on iPhone Activation & Sync in iTunes

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, June 26, 2007
News Categories: iPhone

Apple has posted a new iPhone video entitled “Activation & Sync,” covering the steps users will take to setup and sync the device. The video contains a few new details on the iPhone and how it will work with iTunes. During account activation, the video shows a spot for an AT&T “Pre-approved credit check code” which implies that those who need to make other arrangements (such as a co-signatory) will probably be given a number by AT&T that bypasses the normal credit check process based on an authorization already stored in AT&T’s system. It also appears that there will be 7.23GB of free space on a new 8GB iPhone. Absent from the iPhone’s iTunes Summary tab are options for “Enable Disk Use” and Manual Mode, but it does include options for “Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected” and “Only sync checked items.”

The “Info” tab in iTunes includes settings for Address Book, Calendar, Mail Accounts, and Bookmark settings. The Address Book settings include Yahoo as a sync option, while the Calendar section has an option “Put new events created on this phone into…” which suggests that the iPhone may not directly support multiple calendars. The Sync Mail Accounts option lets you sync account settings, not necessarily account data, while the Sync Safari Bookmarks will sync your bookmarks from Safari on a Mac, or Safari or IE on Windows. Little is different in the Music, Photos, Podcasts, and Videos tabs compared to syncing an iPod, but notably absent are tabs for “Games” and “Ringtones,” which may suggest that ringtones cannot currently be replaced.

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1

In the video, why does it show the iPhone having 80 GB of storage?

Posted by Muero on June 26, 2007 at 9:41 AM (PDT)

2

Very likely because they either used modified screen shots, or they were using a modified 80GB iPod to perform some part of the demo in the first place.

The main capacity number up at the top still shows 7.27GB for total capacity.

So no, there’s not some super-secret 80GB iPhone waiting in the wings….

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on June 26, 2007 at 10:07 AM (PDT)

3

No “Enable Disk Use” ? 7.2 GB? :(
I was really expecting disk use and 7.4 GB. I just hope the OS is the reason for 7.2 instead of 7.4. I don’t want it to be 7.2 minus whatever the OS takes up. I guess I will be buying a thumbdrive as well if the iPhone does not have disk use.

Posted by Steve on June 26, 2007 at 12:32 PM (PDT)

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Seems correct - my iPhone doesn’t support multiple calendars other than it does display all events in all calendars that are sync’d.

There is a problem, however.  Of the 3 sync’d calendars I have, there is a drop-down list that says “add new events created on this iPhone to this calendar” but of the three it only lets me select one.  The one is actually on the host itunes machine, the others are on a remote server.  So it seems that either the selecting thing is bugged or it won’t add events to a calendar that is to be remotely updated.

Possibly, these things imply that iPhone will update remote calendars through a net-enabled ical for the iPhone.  Speculation.

Posted by Michael Neale on July 5, 2007 at 2:26 PM (PDT)

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