BlackBerry Desktop for Mac OS X Available for Download
Article by George Norman
On 05 Oct 2009
Back in July Research in Motion (RIM) announced that it would launch a Mac OS X-specific version of its BlackBerry Desktop software this fall, thus removing the need to use a 3rd party tool to enable communication between the Blackberry mobile device and Mac OS X. It is now fall and the Mac OS X user will be glad to find out that RIM was true to its word and released BlackBerry Desktop for Mac. We expected the software to be released this September, but I guess that October falls in the “this fall” category.

Here is some of the functionality that the Blackberry Desktop for Mac OS X software can provide:


- Sync your iTunes® playlists, calendars, contacts, notes and tasks
- Add/Remove applications
- Update your device when new software becomes available
- Backup and restore your device data with such features like automatically scheduled backups and optional encryption (security is #1 as always)
- Manage multiple devices

Blackberry Desktop for Mac also comes with these system requirements:

- Mac OS X v10.5.5 and above
- For Mac OS X 10.6 only 32-bit mode is supported
- BlackBerry Device Software v4.2 or higher
- iTunes v7.7.1 or later

“A new version of the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software has been developed specifically for Mac users. The new BlackBerry Desktop Manager software allows Mac users to smoothly and seamlessly sync data from Mac applications like iCal, Address Book, Microsoft Entourage and others, as well as add and remove applications, schedule automatic backups, encrypt backup files and install software updates for their BlackBerry smartphone. BlackBerry Desktop Manager Software also integrates BlackBerry Media Sync, enabling Mac users to sync their iTunes® music collections with their BlackBerry smartphone*. From within the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software, users simply select the desired iTunes playlists and the music, including song information and album art, is quickly transferred onto their BlackBerry smartphone,” said the RIM press release.

If you would like to get Blackberry Desktop for Mac, a download location is available here.

Tags: BlackBerry, BlackBerry Desktop, Apple, Mac OS X
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