Syncing an iPhone to a computer stinks: You have to physically plug in the device via USB, and iTunes still takes forever to copy your files. Apple hasn’t delivered a cloud-based iTunes yet, but a new iPhone app at least offers a wireless syncing solution for photos.
With the app Cinq, you can snap photos and save them straight into a folder on your computer even when you’re outside. Here’s how it works:
- You download the Cinq app for Mac or Windows to create a server on your computer. Register to create an account.
- Then you download the Cinq app for iPhone and log in with your Cinq account.
- From here on, you can pop open Cinq and tap the camera icon to snap a photo, and it will save straight into your Cinq folder on the desktop.
- You can also choose photos stored in your iPhone’s photo library and save them into Cinq.
It’s a pretty nifty app, especially for iPhone shutterbugs who haven’t gotten in the habit of plugging in and syncing to iTunes and iPhoto on a regular basis.
I just have a minor complaint: When choosing stored photos from an iPhone album to send to Cinq, we can only select one photo at a time. It’d be much more efficient if we could select multiple photos, or even the entire camera roll, to wirelessly sync with our Cinq folder.
But hey Cinq is less than a week old, so hopefully future software updates will make this a really sweet app. It’s a free download in the iTunes App Store; there’s also a $2 version that’s ad-free.
Brian is a Wired.com technology reporter focusing on Apple and Microsoft. He’s also writing a book about the always-connected mobile future called Always On (publishing April 2011 by Da Capo).
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