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iTunes

Regular Backups

Abbildung: optimale Backup-Einstellung für iTunes

During the evening charging of the battery at the USB port of the notebook, I automatically create an encrypted backup to SSD and copy it to an external hard drive (see figure).
I also use iTunes to sync music from an external hard drive to the iPhone.

E-mail, Addresses, Contacts, Tasks, Notes

An iCloud e-mail account can, but does not have to be created!
PIM data such as e-mail, addresses, contacts, tasks and notes can be matched perfectly with your existing e-mail accounts. This is also supported by the Exchange ActiveSync protocol, which works with Microsoft Outlook, but also with 1 & 1 Mail Business, for example. Advantage of EAS: easy setup and all data are always available on the go (older mails are only loaded by the server when "total time" is selected for synchronization).

Safety tip: For optimum transport encryption, always set "StartTLS" with appropriate port!
Anyone who has installed Microsoft Outlook locally can keep it synchronized with iTunes via iTunes (not self-tested).
I have created two accounts. ICloud was already preset, which I have strongly limited:

iPhone needs iTunes - for Privacy Reasons

Bild: iTunes-Version 12.3.3.17 64-bit für MS-Windows

Before the purchase of my first iPhone I had already installed iTunes, to see how it tolerates with my notebook Sony VAIO Z12X9E / X. If this had not gone well, I would not have been able to use an iPhone, because without iTunes, most Apple products are not usable if you value privacy. The iCloud runs mainly in third-party data centers (Google, Amazon) and therefore I avoid the storage of personal data in their "clouds". The transport encryption has finally been somewhat improved, but is still far from optimal.

iTunes Version Query

In the menu bar "?", Then "Info ...", you will see the result as shown here as example. For iPhones with iOS 11 you need iTunes version 12.6 or later.
And for new iPhones like 8 (Plus) and X you must install iTunes 12.7 or later!
If you have trouble with installing the update on your Windows PC/Notebook make a backup and then uninstall the older iTunes version. Thereafter try a new installation of version 12.7 - it will work now. Same issue since years with iTunes and updates. Next issue will be to update from 12.7.xx to 12.8 ...

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