In just a matter of hours, iOS fans will finally sink their teeth into Apple's next major update to its mobile operating system, that is of course the much awaited iOS 5. And with the pending release of the newest iPhone on October 14th and the official launch of Apple's very own cloud service iCloud, one can only expect that the next few days will be quite busy for an average Apple fan. Now in preparation for the shiny new hardware and software that's coming up, Apple pushed out the final version of iTunes 10.5.
If you have been paying attention to the iOS 5 releases for the past few months, you'll know that the mobile operating system has gone through several beta versions. And with each version of the iOS 5 beta, it usually comes with an update to iTunes 10.5 beta as well. During the whole course of the beta duration, iTunes 10.5 went through nine beta releases. All of such were only accessible to those who has enrolled an account over at Apple's iOS Dev Center. But now that iTunes 10.5 is now out of beta, this means that all users will now be able to enjoy this new version of Apple's media player and manager.
So what can you expect from iTunes 10.5? Well as mentioned earlier, iTunes 10.5 will be heavily integrated into iCloud. Now users will be able to use iTunes in the Cloud which enable users to store their media using iCloud which can be synced across many different iDevices. It will be interesting to see how this new web-based service of the Cupertino company will fare among its customers. In addition to that, Wi-Fi Syncing is now supported which means you can now sync your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with iTunes wirelessly granted that you have access to a WiFi connection.
Here is the full change log for iTunes 10.5 straight from Apple:
What’s new in iTunes 10.5
- iTunes in the Cloud. iTunes now stores your music and TV purchases in iCloud and makes them available on your devices anywhere, anytime, at no additional cost.
- Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your PC and iOS devices.
- Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music, TV, app, and book purchases again, at no additional cost. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.
- Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5.
- Wi-Fi Syncing. Automatically sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes any time they’re both on the same Wi-Fi network.
We highly encourage everyone to update to this latest version of iTunes. It has gone through nine beta versions so you can trust that the software is now highly stable and possibly bug free. If you are planning to upgrade to iOS 5 once it becomes available, then it is a no-brainer that you will need to update your iTunes to this latest version because it will needed to sync your device.
To install iTunes 10.5, just launch iTunes and you should be prompted by the program for the available update. Alternatively you can download from the direct links we have provided below.