updated 06:25 pm EDT, Wed September 23, 2009
Software to be released in the near future
Research In Motion has disclosed additional details of its upcoming BlackBerry desktop software for Mac. The application will allow users to sync their smartphone to a single computer or multiple systems. Syncing to one system is said to be much quicker, although distributing the content to multiple computers is a safer method.
When syncing music, users can choose between sending the tracks to the integrated memory or directly to a microSD card. The latter option leaves onboard memory free for other content such as apps or documents.
Contacts and calendar information can be synced with iCal, Address Book, Mail, or any application that supports Apple Sync. Users can also sync to Entourage by enabling the option in the Entourage preferences.
A summary screen provides information such as the software version, last sync, last backup, and media card capacity. The device can be configured to automatically sync when connected, with a choice between several durations between each backup. Users can also enable a backup encryption option to protect sensitive data.
The BlackBerry desktop software for Mac is expected to be launched "right around the corner," although an official date has yet to be provided. Interested individuals can sign up at http://www.blackberry.com/mac to receive e-mail updates when the software is ready.