iPhone Gripe

A cool feature I noticed about the iPhone is that I don’t need to eject it from iTunes before unplugging it from my computer. Why can’t Apple figure out how to do this with a friggin iPod???

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  1.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Because your iPod doesn’t have OSX on it, num-nuts. No OS, no “problem solving”.

  2.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Good point Clint – but my point is that OSX or not, it shouldn’t be too hard for Apple to program an iPod to not bark at your for unplugging it. I wouldn’t think you need a whole OS for that.

  3.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Yeah, that’s fair. I was just taking a unprovoked pop shot.

    Actually, I have no idea why because the iPod (despite now official OS) does have software on it so there’s some interaction happening with the host machine. Maybe it’s got something to do with the way the drive is formatted? I know iPods now are platform independent, so I’d think the drive is formatted in such a way that the software is independent of the storage and so it probably needs the machine to tell it when its finished, not vice versa.

    You buying that one?

  4.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Not for a second.

    Actually though, I did some digging and found that you’re on the right track. Basically, the iPod mounts a filesystem and the iPhone does not. Which makes sense – you wouldn’t unplug an external hard drive without ejecting it first. But the fact that the iPhone can sync all that data pretty quickly without mounting a filesystem is a pretty cool feat.

    Anyone know if you have to eject a Palm or a Blackberry after syncing?

  5.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    I’m pretty sure iTunes mounts the filesystem on the iPhone prior to syncing it with all of your data, and then unmounts it when it’s done. There would be no way for the computer to communicate with the device if the filesystem wasn’t mounted.

  6.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Jeff – you and your facts can go fuck each other.

  7.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Mike, that was pure pwnage.

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