Back on 10.6.8 and iOS 4, I was able to sync my notes among my iPhone, iPad and desktop by just plugging them in. I could edit the notes in Mail.app on my desktop, or on either mobile device, and as long as I didn't edit on two different devices without syncing between, everything was fine.
Apparently to do "over the air" syncing of notes, Apple demands that I set up an email account on me.com, which is stupid. (What, storing my notes is beyond the capabilities of iCloud?) So I'm trying to do normal, tethered syncing like before, and while it seems possible to sync between iPhone and iPad -- but maybe only if I plug them in to my Mac in the right order? -- it never syncs into or out of the notes-editor inside Mail.app.
Is this Apple's way of telling me, "We would prefer that you use some other note-taking application than the one we ship with both our operating systems?"
My note-taking needs are extremely simple -- I don't need reminders or checkboxes or searching or images or even multiple fonts. Just a couple of pages that I can type text on, and be able to edit it from my desktop or mobile devices.
Update: Ok, it's possible to store your notes on any IMAP server, but apparently Mail.app now gets confused if you have moved your IMAP notes out of your inbox and into another folder on that same IMAP server, and starts treating them as "On My Mac" notes even though they still appear to be "IMAP" notes. Or something.
This seemed to work:
- iPhone: Settings / Mail / Account / Notes [ On ]
- iPhone: Settings / Notes / Default Account [ your IMAP acct ]
- Mail.app: Select pseudo-folder REMINDERS / Notes / IMAP server.
- Mail.app: File / New Note, and re-create all of your old notes there, cutting-and-pasting the text.
- Don't move them, ever.
After that, all three of my devices seem to be syncing with each other with somewhere around 2 minute latency.