New iPhone looms as Apple updates iTunes

oldphoneApple has updated its iTunes and QuickTime software. presumably in preparation for the introduction of the new iPhone Software 3.0 code and potential launch of the third-generation of iPhone next week.

iTunes 8.2 – distributed to developers in April – is available now, with its accompanying notes explaining the software now supports iPhones or iPod touch devices running iPhone Software 3.0.

The 83.12MB update also provides a batch of accessibility improvements and bug fixes.

Suggestions a new iPhone is in the works are gathering intensity, with reports iPhones are already running out of stock in some territories.

There continues to be high expectation Apple may widen the iPhone family with introduction of a smaller, cheaper version of the device, speculation which has been maintaining itself since the middle of last year.

iPhone Software 3.0 will bring turn-by-turn GPS directions, A2DP Bluetooth support (on the iPhone 3G), copy & paste, MMS, video recording, enhanced data detectors, push notifications, email and calendar searches (over IMAP if necessary), notes synchronisation, in app purchasing and Mobile Spotlight to search for content on the handset and across iTunes and the App Store. There’s more information on its improvements here.

In related news, QuickTime 7.6.2 has also been introduced. This improves reliability and compatibility with Apple ProRes video media and iTunes 8.2. It also includes fixes several security vulnerabilities.

Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) kicks off next week and is expected to be the forum for the introduction of a wave of new products and technologies, including a wider preview of forthcoming OS, Snow Leopard.

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