Change seems to be the one constant in the universe. OK, maybe Madonna’s attitude also. Remember iTunes on the Mac? It was one of the most maligned Mac apps that almost everyone used. Apple replaced iTunes with three different apps and tossed some functionality into the Finder.
If you haven’t switched your Mac to macOS Catalina then you know how iTunes can be, uh, well, cumbersome is a kind word. Are there alternatives to iTunes? Yes.
As iTunes grew features over the past decade I came to the point where I did not like to use it, but some features were required. Backing up, for example. Syncing iPhone to Mac is a Mincey requirement not made easier in macOS Catalina.
iTunes used to be a much-beloved music player and organizer and became a much-maligned monster media mall. iTunes outgrew its heritage and name. Enter DearMob iPhone Manager. I know. What’s in a name, right? Well, all you need is to remember it and DearMob does that.
What you get in this cleverly designed Mac utility is a backup tool that handles both iOS and iPadOS data backups– photos, music, contacts, text messages, books, ringtones, files, and more. Encrypted or unencrypted. You choose. No backup is complete without a simple way to restore and that’s where DearMob iPhone Manager (also works on iPad, hence my sub-title above– iManager) shines.
Backup and restore? It’s a click for each. That simplicity flies in the face of iTunes problems that have cropped up through the years. Jesse’s last iPad mini would never, ever, never sync, so it could not be backed up (probably a storage issue; Apple Store geniuses couldn’t figure it out, either).
Even better than iTunes’ all-or-nothing backup and transfer method, DearMob makes it easier with a full or partial backup or restore. Just need photos? Check. Just need app data? Check.
Did I mention drag and drop? Or, point and click? Along the way are simple options to convert Photos images from HEIC to JPG, transfer videos to the more friendly MP4 format, turn any song or music into a ringtone, and even alter EPUB files to PDFs.
The basics may not always be obvious but put iTunes and Finder to shame.
Backup – plug your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into your Mac and click to backup (no hiccups like those that happen in iTunes)
Restore – this can be a full restore or a partial restore with over a dozen different types of data files
Configure – you get to choose which files and content can be backed up, which can be restored and even manage iPhone ringtones
Secure – yes, you can password protect your backups
Convert – avoid iTunes all-or-nothing approach and check options to convert photos or videos, contacts, and more to or from iPhone
Multiple Devices – backup content can be moved from an old iPhone or iPad backup to a new device even easier than iTunes on the Mac
Some features not highly touted but highly beneficial include an option to transfer and convert both 4K and 8K videos (I don’t even know of a camera that does 8K video), modify screen rotation 90-degrees for different devices, and even convert less friendly audio formats to what works on Apple gear– OGG, FLAC, WMA, WAV, I’m looking at you.
It’s almost as if DearMob does everything you dreamed iTunes would or should do but without being, well, iTunes. Well done. Simple to set up and use. Yes, the name DearMob iPhone Manager is odd, but you won’t forget it.
Holidays are coming so most of us will take more photos and videos. Mac360’s writers look for Mac apps with holiday specials. VideoProc has a Time-Limited Offer with 60-percent off that coincides with the anniversary. That gets you one app that does fast audio and DVD conversion, screen recording, batch video downloads from YouTube and elsewhere– even 4K video– and options to manage over 420 different output formats.
While doing some research I found a classy promo video online; more inspiring than instructive but you get the idea. iOS backups are easier on the Mac even without iTunes.