Here’s another very small iPhone tip, but one that may hopefully prove useful for some who are finding iPhone syncing under the new 2.0 software to be unbearably slow.
A big part of how slow the syncs are under 2.0 – at least in my experience so far – is the ‘Backup’ section of things. I believe one of the reasons for this is that when applications are backed up, it is not only the install files, it is all data associated with every app. In any case, the backups are taking an awful long time.
So if you want to skip the backup portion of the sync – and greatly reduce the overall length of the whole sync – just hit the little ‘x’ to the right of the top Progress Bar at the top of the iTunes window – next to where it is saying ‘Backing up iPhoneName’ – as shown in the screenshot above. This will only cancel backup; the rest of the sync will carry on.
Of course it’s not a great idea to cancel out of the backup every time (that’ll come back to bite you for sure), but if you know you’ve already got a recent one (or more) done and are in a hurry, this is a useful quick kill for the backup process.