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Whenever I connect my iPhone/iPad/iPod to MacMini, It automatically launches iTunes & start syncing every time. I am a developer & I frequently need to connect/disconnect different devices. So, whenever I connect device, I force quit iPhone & iTunes. But I need to get rid of it. Would someone please help me out.

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You just have to change the prefs of those 2 apps. For instance, iPhoto you have to choose "No application" in the pop-up menu show hereunder :

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And you adjust the settings of iTunes the same way : just check the checkbox "Prevent ...".

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@Pierre correctly covered the syncing part of your problem.

If you don't want iTunes to launch whenever you connect an iOS device, under your Account preference, in the System Preferences app, go to the Login Items tab and remove iTunesHelper.app.
This is the app that monitor iOS device connector to launch iTunes.

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You could also un-check the box "Open iTunes when this i-Device is connected".

You'll find this setting in iTunes, with the device connected and selected in the left hand side info bar. Then at the top, select summary (should default), then de-select that check box under options.

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If you are using Mac OS X Yosemite, you'll have to do another step. I followed these steps but it did not prevent Yosemite from opening iPhoto. Here is a link to preventing this from happening in Yosemite. (***Note: The following link is INCORRECTLY labeled as a duplicate of the question posted here.)

Disable iPhoto auto launch when connecting an iPhone in Yosemite

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