A gentleman in Caernarfon asked us to re-install his MacBook with OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard. Afterwards, he mentioned that he had never managed to get his iPhone to sync with the Mac so he could . This was due to the iCloud settings on the iPhone. Unfortunately, iCloud isn’t bundled with 10.6, so when the iPhone was connected, the settings for Mail, Contacts and Calendar in iTunes were greyed out, with a message to the effect that iCloud was looking after syncing. What he wanted was to sync these things whenever the phone was connected via its USB cable.
The solution is to turn off iCloud syncing on the iPhone. Connect your iPhone to the Mac via USB and iTunes should open automatically. Once it has registered the phone, select it in iTunes so you have the ‘Info’ screen showing. Then go into ‘Settings’ on the phone and select iCloud:
Turn off each of the items you want to sync via USB cable. It will ask you if you want to keep or delete the items – I recommend you keep them just in case. Once you have done so, go back to iTunes and the previously greyed out items will become selectable:
Tick the boxes, click sync and your Contacts, Calendars, Reminders and Bookmarks will be available on your Mac. If you want to sync your email, open up the Mail application and set up your account. Once done, the account will appear in the Mail sync settings box. Click it and re-run sync.
Now, whenever you connect your iPhone, iTunes should start and automatically sync all the items you’ve selected.