Apple is apparently working on the next major update to iTunes, the company’s exclusive online content management platform. As per some reliable sources, the Cupertino tech maker will be launching iTunes 11 sometime this summer or fall. The update to the current iTunes 10.6 will have an affluent interface, deep iCloud integration, an out-and-out iTunes settings panel and much more. In short, the new iTunes is expected to have a complete overhaul from its previous versions.
It is indeed high time Apple should update its iTunes with more advanced features and capabilities. Competition among various online content management systems is to step up in coming months. Google Music, Google Play, Windows Store and many more new alternatives are coming up into the forefront to fight iTunes and App Store. Here are a few expected features to land on the rumored version of iTunes.
iOS 6 support: Needless to mention, the revamped version of iTunes will come with support for the forthcoming iOS 6. Apple used to launch new updates for iTunes alongside major updates to its mobile operating system. We can certainly expect that (as per Apple’s previous habits) the new version of iOS will emerge at the company’s World Wide Developers Conference in June 2012. That means iTunes 11 will come with iOS 6 support and, therefore, with many more enhanced features. The newly expected iOS devices like iPhone 5, iPod touch and the iOS 6-updated-iPad (third generation) will also support iTunes 11.
A complete overhaul: Yes, in order to stay top of the digital music and software app industry, Apple is likely to completely overhaul iTunes, says 9to5Mac. The company hasn’t introduced a total redesign for iTunes since 2009. It was then the Cupertino firm launched a new iTunes with a blue-themed and convoluted store that gives much focus on its downloadable content. Not to be left behind in the industry, Apple should spruce up iTunes with more features. Apple currently faces critical threat from a new service called the Spotify and Amazon’s online music store in digital music industry.
Well, the company is reportedly working to increase the speed and competence of searching new content like video clips, songs, apps and others. The new iTunes may be much more interactive than its current and previous versions. Interactivity is certainly the key element of iTunes Store. Indeed, if Apple touches up these aspects, the new iTunes can stay atop of the market with clear supremacy over its competitors.
Increased iCloud integration: Apple introduced its cloud-based media service along with iOS 5 last year. iCloud has been one of the most attractive recent products from Apple. Indeed, the company launched its exclusive cloud service when it was largely longed for. Integration of iCloud with iTunes really brings a radical change in people’s habit of consuming and downloading content. According to 9to5Mac, the biggest testament of an increased iCloud-integration with iTunes 11 will be an exclusive iCloud settings panel within the digital media software. Of course, a centralized iCloud settings panel will help users easily control many iCloud related features. It will be easier to manage iTunes Match and iCloud iOS device backups with the enhanced integration.
What others say?
It is whispered that Apple will initially launch a 10.x of iTunes before launching iTunes 11 at once. It will give users enough time to get ready to accept the new iTunes version, thinks Marc Chacksfield of TechRadar. Let us see what Chacksfield has to say further,
“It is thought that while iTunes 11 is being worked on at the moment, Apple users will have to put up with another 10.x release first to ready the service for iOS 6, and then wait a little bit longer for the all-singing, all-dancing version of iTunes when Apple finally turns it right up to 11.”
A new iTunes 11 with iOS 6 and improved iCloud support is really good news for Apple fans. The new software for digital media content and apps consumption will help you download apps and stream audio and video content faster to your favorite Apple devices.