Once again, I’m syncing my wife’s iPhone 4S using iTunes and half way through the process it claims that it can’t do it because the computer is out of disk space. With more than 9 GB on the main hard disk and much more on the external hard disk (and a link from
~/Library/Application Support/MobilySync to the external hard disk), this is simply impossible. Strangely enough, synchronization continues anyway.
Luckily I remembered what to do: open preferences, find the backup for my wife’s device and delete it. Done. Now I can sync without any messages interrupting it. Strange.
Update: August 1, 2013. Same problem. Same solution.
I’m having the stupid Waiting for changes to be applied when synchronizing my iPad. Again.
Here’s a potential cause:
We have multiple iPhoto libraries on this computer. My default iPhoto library is “Alex iPhoto Library” but today I started to synchronize the iPad and iTunes told me that it would wipe all the photos on my iPad but that all the photos on my iPad would be unaffected. Huh!? I decided to not synchronize photos and proceeded. After the sync I verified that the checkbox for synchronizing photos was no longer checked. I started iPhoto and realized that it started with “Claudia iPhoto Library”. I switched the library: quit iPhoto and press Alt while starting it again – what an idiot user interface! Discoverability? 0%! Then I went back to iTunes, checked the sync photo checkbox again and started the synchronization again. It has been stuck for seven minutes “waiting for changes to be applied.”
Thrice cursed bug of a castrated wolf howling at street lights!
I’ll following my own advice I gave myself three weeks ago: Just restore the stupid thing.
I hate doing this.
I totally expect there to be problems with all the apps containing downloadable content such as all the tables for my beloved Pinball Arcade.
Update: The next day, the reset is complete. A message greets me saying that over 6000 objects could not be synchronized and that more info would be available in iTunes. No such info is available in iTunes, of course.
I quickly try to sync the iPad again, and guess what? “Waiting for changes to be applied!” I wait some more. And suddenly: “Copying photo 1 of 12695!” Wow, perhaps this will work after all! After a while a message tells that over 3000 objects could not be synchronized and that more info would be available in iTunes. No such info is available in iTunes, of course. But the number has decreased. I feel encouraged.
I quickly try to sync the iPad again but no more progress is made. The photos synchronized end sometime in 2011. Will try to reboot the iPad and retry. Time passes. “Waiting for changes to be applied.” This makes me so tired.
Against all odds and after waiting what looks like an hour, the message has changed from “Waiting for changes to be applied” to “Copying photo 453 of 3271!” Patience is key. I also checked the “include videos” checkbox in the Photos section because I wanted the videos as wall and because I felt that maybe I should change something in order to trigger the synchronization again as it was quietly failing before. Perhaps that wasn’t necessary and the simple reboot and the extra patience after that was enough.
For the record and in case anybody stumbles over this page in the coming years: I’m using Mac OS X 10.6.8 and a first generation iPad and I’m synchronizing more than 20’000 photos which take around 15GB.
I’m not sure whether I had this problem before. Ever since importing a few photos yesterday I can no longer sync my iPad with iTunes. The last step is Waiting for changes to be applied and it takes forever.
I’m thinking that maybe I need to “Restore” the iPad. This will take many hours—and I have already wasted a few hours trying to find a solution without restoring from backup. Let this serve as a note to my future self that it didn’t work. Just restore the stupid thing.
Even if this means waiting for 16.4G of photos and 32.3GB of apps (mostly PDFs for GoodReader).
Here’s something else that really aggravates me when it comes to the iPad. I love to surf the web with it. In fact, I used the iPhone a lot to read blog updates via Google Reader. I loved doing this sitting in the sun on the balcony, lying on my bed before falling asleep, sitting in the bus commuting. I love reading blogs and wikis on the iPhone. On the tiny iPhone screen! I decided that I loved it so much, in fact, that I’d buy myself an iPad to do it. And I loved it, too! I just enjoyed a long summer break and rarely powered up the laptop. The iPad was always there. Always on. I didn’t read many books. I just devoured blogs, websites, wikis.
And here’s the rub: I like to comment on blogs and wikis. In fact I bought two keyboards for the iPad because each has a different set of drawbacks. One thing I was unable to work around, however, is this: When you start writing a blog comment or editing a wiki page, you inevitably get into a situation where you need to look something up online. You need to open another browser window, find a link, copy a text passage, verify a fact. And when you return to your blog comment or wiki page, Safari will sometimes reload the page, loosing what you wrote.
It just happened again, causing me to write this rant.
This is incredibly annoying. I hate it. I HATE it!
Jetzt habe ich sowohl ein Keyboard Dock (mit Gewicht zum iPad reinstecken) als auch ein Bluetooth Keyboard (klein und flach zum mitnehmen) für mein iPad gekauft und stelle zuhause fest, das eine davon ist Deutsch, das andere ist Schweizerdeutsch. Und iPad unterstützt nur das Deutsche Layout. Bisher habe ich nichts davon gemerkt, weil ich mich schnell umgewöhne. Jetzt wo mein Bluetooth Keyboard aber das falsche Layout hat, fällt es mir auf. Soll ich mich ärgern?
Thought of everything. Got iPhone. Got iPad. Got charger. Got Airport Express for wireless network. Used it. Loved it. Came back to the hotel room, tried to use iPad, got network error. Rebooted router and tried to reconnect. The fucker had forgotten the password!
Using the iPhone to rant, at the moment. Will try to look for the password somewhere online. Stupid me for using a non-trivial password. Stupid Apple for not including a web interface. And no app to do it from the iPhone as far as I know.
Update: Thank you friends who come over and use their laptops at my place. They can send the network password to my iPhone.
As you probably know, our Mac Mini still runs Mac OS 10.4. Today I got my iPad. Plugged it in. Started iTunes.
:warning: The iPad “iPad” cannot be used because it requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
I think I’m going to be angry again.
I’ve enjoyed my iPhone as an always-on portable web browser. It hasn’t worked so well for reading books. Would the iPad work?
I guess my problem is that the iPad is bigger and starts to look and cost like a general purpose computer. Suddenly I feel like I should be enjoying more rights.
What are my alternatives? What compromises do I need to make?
My iPhoto crashed three times in a row trying to import pictures from my iPhone. I started with 47 pictures. The third time around I said “don’t delete originals” and ended up with 7 (!) pictures in my iPhoto.
Luckily enough I found the remaining pictures in my iPhoto Library:
Alex iPhotoLibrary/Originals/Roll 208contained the 47 files I needed.
Alex iPhotoLibrary/Originals/Roll 208_2contained 12 files.
Alex iPhotoLibrary/Originals/Roll 208_3contained 7 files.
So I copied the 47 seven files from that folder to my Desktop and dragged them back into iPhoto. It worked!
As I look around in my Library folder, I find a lot of mysterious data junk, but I’m afraid of cleaning it up. Who knows what iPhoto will need? Does anybody know how to clean up an iPhone library has been in use since 2004 and contains around 7500 images? I’m using iPhoto 6.0.6.
“Be sure to go through at least one charge cycle per month (charging the battery to 100% and then completely running it down).”
So that’s what I did. Kept using the iPod without ever plugging it in until it ran out of power. Later that day, picked it up and plugged it into the Mini, hoping to recharge and sync it with iTunes. But what did I see? “Detected an iPod in recovery mode.” I need to restore it, ie. reformat it and resync 80G of music.
In the words of little Noah: “Danke. Danke vielmahl!” (Thanks. Thanks a lot!)