You can sync many iOS devices, like iPhones, iPod touches and iPads, to the same Mac. If you own more than one iOS device, you can specify exactly which items ares synced to which device. You do not have to use the same settings for the devices. They can all behave differently.
Hi this is Gary with mac pros now. on today’s episode let me show you that you can sync more than one iOs device to your mac. so i get asked this question quite often. people wonder if they get a second i o s device say they have an i phone and now they get an i pad can they sync it to the same mac. the answer of course is yes you can sync as many devices as you want to your account on your mac using i tunes, but there is some confusion that comes in when people think that well are the syncing settings the same? In other words, do I have to have the same music, the same apps the same everything on both devices? The answer is no. You can customize each device to make it exactly what you want. Have the exact music files, apps everything. Let me show you . So here I have plugged in two i o s devices to my mac at the same time. now, you don’t have to do it at the same time but I am doing it here just to demonstrate. If you look on the left here on I tunes you can see I have 2 devices here. One called the I phone 3 g s and another one called old 3 g. so these are obviously 2 old phones that I’ve got that I keep around for testing and app development. And I can have them both plugged in at the same time to the same mac using 2 different doc cables. And they both appear here in I tunes so this makes it easy for me to demonstrate but the same thing applies if you only have one doc cable. and say you plug in your i phone then you unplug it and you plug your i pad in later. you can set everything separately. so if I look at my i phone 3 g s I can look at all the different tabs here and say look at music and say that I want to sync music, select what I want to sync, say I want to sync my Beatles play list 14 songs there and apply it. so now that I have synced this playlist here I can look at the i phone here and see what music is available here and I can see it available. now this is different than if I look at the other I phone. There is different music there. and if I click on the i phone itself I can see I have different sync settings for that particular I phone. so any i phone, i pad, i pod touch would appear here and I can set different sync settings for music, movies, tv shows, photos, and even apps as well. you can go into info and see what information syncs from local calendars, and local contacts as well to those different devices and those can have their own set. I can even go in and say switch this i phone here to manual manage music and videos and leave the other i phone to automatically manage them and syncing different playlist and things like that. so this is not a solution if you have multiple i o s devices in your house owned by different people. if say you only have one mac And say everyone in your house has an i phone they should each probably have a separate user account on that mac and then of course separate apple user id’s and then sync their i phone using there user accounts on that mac. but this works if it’s several devices say an i pod touch an i pad and an i phone owned by the same person you have the same music library the same photos the same everything but you want to manage what’s on each of those devices individually. I tunes let you do this by default you don’t have to do anything special it’s just how it works. just go in and set each of the sync settings for those devices differently or the same if you wish. So I hope this explains a commonly asked question. ‘Til next time this is Gary with MacMost Now.