The following text is a partial transcription of Steve Jobs’s June 6 keynote address at the 2011 Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), with a specific focus on Jobs’s remarks on the iCloud.

Because all these new devices have communications built into them. They can all talk to the cloud whenever they want. And so now, if I get something on my iPhone it’s sent up to the cloud immediately. Let’s say I take some pictures with it, those pictures are in the cloud, and they are now pushed down to my devices completely automatically. And now everything’s in sync with me not even having to think about it. I don’t even have to take the devices out of my pocket. I don’t have to be near my Mac or PC.

In the emboldened sentence, is it correct to not have a comma before with me not even having to think about it?

If so, would it be wrong to add a comma there?

And now everything’s in sync, with me not even having to think about it.

  • The quote is a good example of “There are no rules in English, only guidance. Some guidance looks like a rule; it probably isn't." ++ The answer depends on Steve Job’s exact intonation – when he was speaking, did he pause after the word “sync”? If you do not know the answer to this, then the answer to your question is “We do not know whether (a) there should be no punctuation (b) there should be a comma (c) there should be some other punctuation mark.
    – Greybeard
    Jul 4, 2020 at 8:08
  • @Greybeard Does that mean if you're writing the sentence from scratch that it doesn't matter whether you use a comma there or not?
    – listeneva
    Jul 4, 2020 at 8:13
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    It should have a comma, to avoid the misreading “in sync with.”
    – Xanne
    Jul 4, 2020 at 8:17
  • @listeneva No, of course not. When producing a transcript or simply writing, the aim is to communicate the meaning as accurately as possible: punctuation (and no punctuation) helps in this.
    – Greybeard
    Jul 4, 2020 at 8:29
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    @Greybeard That's incorrectly assuming that a pause is the only factor in determining whether to put a comma there.
    – listeneva
    Jul 4, 2020 at 15:43


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