As of last night, British developer Greg Hughes has finally released the public beta of Wi-Fi Sync 2.0. For those of you who do not know, Wi-Fi Sync allows you to sync your iPhone over a WiFi network without connecting to iTunes via the USB cable.

We have been waiting for this release for quite some time, and we were quite pleased to see the developer post the link on Twitter last night. Today, if you are on the mailing list, you will receive an invitation to try it out. The bottom line is…It works with devices that were previously unsupported. The first desktop version that was released last night crashed immediately, but build 70 was released today that fixes the crashing issue. I have successfully synced my iPhone over my Wi-Fi network. Here’s what to expect:

First of all, if you were expecting 3G syncing, you’re not going to get it now. That portion of the betais restricted to a limited number of testers. Second, the desktop app is Mac only for now. Windows users will have to wait until later this month. Third, the desktop app is a native Mac app, not an installable package. This means updating it is simple, and you will have to make sure it’s running before iTunes loads.

The actual interface of the iPhone app is quite bare. The developer has asked for someone with UI experience to develop the app, for right now it’s quite apparent that it is a beta only app.

To use the app, you will be asked for the passcode of Wi-Fi Sync’s desktop app. This is located in the menubar icon’s drop-down menu. Once you pair your device, you will have the option to sync.

The first thing I noticed upon sync was that it skipped the backup of the iPhone in iTunes. I assume this was done intentionally, since backups over Wi-Fi are insanely slow. But once it started syncing, it progressed very quickly, rivaling the speeds of syncing over USB.

Another great feature is Bonjour auto-discovery. The iPhone app will find your desktop computer over your home network, making setup a breeze. According to the developer, the Bonjour integration means that the sync process also supports Bluetooth connections. If that means you can sync your device when no Wi-Fi is available, then this is very interesting (albeit slightly unnecessary unless you’re syncing your iPhone in the mountains).

To get the beta, you will need to have already purchased Wi-Fi Sync from Cydia. Once you own a copy, add the repo “http://dl.wifisyncapp.com/apt” to your Cydia sources and wait for Cydia to update your sources. The repo will recognize that you own the app and install it.

Download the desktop version from the beta website here. Do note that this is only available for Mac OS X at this time. If you downloaded the version posted last night, please download the new one from the site, as the auto-updater from the first build is non-functional.

Is this exciting enough to not care about the absence of 3G syncing? Let’s hear your experiences.

  • EgoHot

    Does WiFi Sync 2.0 solve the “restore” issue? I swapped a perfectly good oldbootrom 3GS because I kept having restore issue and didn’t realize WiFi Sync was to blame until after the switch was made. This was before the issue was well documented. 🙁

  • K – Flo

    Well I mean technically if you use mywi as your wifi source you can sync with 3G just saying 😛

  • Francesco Suarez

    Just a thought but if u subscribed to the beta version testin was I supposed or others get an e-mail????? abouthow to do it!!!!!!

  • Burge

    I got the email from @Greg Hughes
    Down side mac only
    Just read on twitter he need a tester for a ppc mac .. Gave mine away .. Got nowhere to put it in new house …. Foooook.. Now looking at a MacBook

  • Justin

    does this work with the ipod touch 4th gen?

  • Tom

    Ok, this is what I’m suggesting…and proposing… and Greg, if this works, you owe me…:)

    I recently downloaded a copy from a source, that I will disclose later in the thread….But,anyway…

    Greg…Ur a very smart man..and I think, Apple really screwed up when they turned you down. But oh well shit happens, If I wasn’t in a wheelchair, I’d stand up, and applaud you..

    But, you my new friend… Have proven to me, anythings possible in this world….

    As I was saying….When I first launched the app, this version connected to my windows pc NP.

    It gave the message, that…..my Ipad wanted to pair up, just as it did in the video,

    But after I clicked ok NOTHING! or so it seemed…

    No status bar in Itunes to let me know the sync was in progress ….nodda..bupkiss….hmm maybe my firewalls and bolcking it…control panel…windows firewall..scroll down..nope there it is wifi sync..

    Go to my other firewall ..nope there it is….but wait whats happening over there on the right???…there’s activity in the inbound, and outbound traffic…nope the numbers didn’t match up…this scared me at first…but I decided to let it be ..and have some trust….

    It’s been several hours now, and the numbers.. match as though, a sync is in progress…

    I honestly won’t know until it’s done …..and at this rate (1kb per sec) it will be awhile…If somebody out there wants to confirm my suspicion, me and the developer would truly appreciate it…My guess is…..

    A.) This was done by either the app developer…Or..B.) possibly an admirer of some sort, such as myself…

    Data through the air that’s great…….Thank’s Greg your right up there with AT$T in my mind, you might not have their cash but I believe if you keep trying like you do, one day man….

    Think about it though….that’s some straight up Willy Wonka shit….Where’s Mike TV…somebody wake me up fuck…..rethink possible YA….

    The reason I think this…It’s my belif this was done intentionally…maybe to show the apps potential…I won’t know until my suspicion that would be great. If I’m right one of them small kb files will transfer in minutes…if I’m right again…..this is a very limited version …the only way you will be able to tell is if you have a firewall that tells you the inbound and outbound traffic….such as zone alarm or comondo….at any rate I guess this could be considered a very limited trial…if it is this might work for them small files…

    But I heard someone mention the 2.0 transfer rate was somewhere up there in the neighborhood of a standard 2.0 USB hence the name WiFi Sync 2.0….If I’m right about any of this, maybe everyone else will appreciate the mans work…and just pay the man for his work when the new version comes out…this trial will make you appreciate Gregs work….But unless your transfering a small file or a song per night, its just not worth it…..If someone can confirm this with a small kb file that would be great, unfortunately I’ve locked myself into a few hundred MB transfer that I’m reluctant to stop….

    The source you wanna add is Iphonespotrepo.net/apt/ …and if you like the app pay the guy for the new version ..he’s worked for it…..I’m not sure how yet, but I can assure you if enough people want this app…..I personally will see to it that payment is NOT an issue..buying this app will be as simple as walking into Kroger or Wallmart…

    Download it….download bonjour….transfer a small file and get back to us:) oh dont forget the firewall or you cant tell when it’s done…a small kb file not mb

  • Tom

    shit forgot a few words

  • Aplicativos

  • Great App!!

    Here’s a tip: Get the Itunes Remote app for your IPhone. Set Itune up to sync a specific list to you IPhone on connect. Now you can use the remote app to add songs to that list. Sync over wifi and the songs will be pushed to your IPhone without you having to touch your Mac!