Ever since I guess iOS 13 and/or when syncing moved from iTunes to Finder wifi sync has been finicky.
But now with the latest Catalina update and/or iOS 14.0.1 it appears to be thoroughly broken. As soon as the iPhone gets hooked up to the charger, the Finder shows attempt to sync starts. Yay! But then the wheel spins forever with the Finder window stuck on “Starting Backup, Step 1/7”. An entire night later, still stuck there. Since Apple inexplicably ripped the wifi sync monitoring/controls out of iOS when they went 12->13 there’s no way to check or cancel from the iPhone side. On the Mac side you can hit cancel but that doesn’t do jack either. In fact, it’s worse than that because now you can’t log out of Finder or restart your Mac anymore because Finder complains it can’t quit because of an in-progress sync. You can of course force quit your Mac. On reboot same drama starts all over. You can also force reboot the iPhone. At least that will get the Mac to finally report sync failed, thus allowing you to quit the Finder and hence you regain ability to log out or restart your Mac. But next time wifi sync starts again, you’re back to the spinning wheel of nothing. Argh.
I’ve reported the wifi sync bugs to Apple with pretty much every version since. But nothing. I mean seriously, Apple, if you have given up on wifi sync and want to force us all at gunpoint to go iCloud, just find the balls to tell us. But keeping broken functionality in there insinuating something should work when actually it’s just flat out busted is infuriating.
Does anybody have any other suggestion to just turning off wifi sync altogether and going back to dinosaur style USB cable sync? And before anybody loses any time, no, I’m not going iCloud for backups.