After many years of being available only for Windows, RIM announced today that BlackBerry Desktop Software will be coming to Apple’s Mac OS X early this fall.
The initial Mac version of this application will allow users to:
- Sync iTunes playlists, calendars, contacts, notes, and tasks
- Add/Remove applications
- Update the smartphone when new software becomes available
- Backup and restore device data with such features like automatically scheduled backups and optional encryption
- Manage multiple devices
RIM says that the Mac version of the BlackBerry Desktop Software will be released in September.
More information, or to sign up to e notified when this software is available, go to www.blackberry.com/mac.
In the Mean Time…
Those who would like to synchronize their BlackBerry with their Mac don’t have to wait for RIM’s full desktop client — there are a couple of options available already.
One of these is BlackBerry Media Sync. RIM released a Mac preview of this application late last year, allowing users to sync playlists with Apple’s iTunes.
Another is a third-party solution: Mark/Space’s The Missing Sync. This offers all the features of the upcoming official desktop client, and more, including wireless syncing. It costs $39.95 though, while RIM’s version will be free.