Web OS 1.1 Update: Palm Pre Once again Syncs with iTunes
Article by George Norman
On 24 Jul 2009
The Palm Pre, despite Apple’s best efforts to prevent it from seamlessly syncing with iTunes, is once again capable of pulling of this task. How you ask? Palm has updated the operating system for the Palm Pre smartphone and one of the things Web OS 1.1 brings to the table is capability to sync with iTunes, just like an iPhone or iPod does.

According to Palm’s VP of Business Products, John Traynor, the Web OS 1.1 update comes with enhancements to the smartphone’s support for Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) – which includes remote wipe, PIN/password requirements, inactivity timeout, improved certificate handling, and more. That’s for the business class; for the regular user Web OS 1.1 comes with plenty of goodies as well.


John Traynor explains: “Version 1.1 also includes a few other goodies for everyone -- like support for emoticons in the messaging app, and the ability to set “person reminders” in the contacts app (next time you get a message or phone call from that person, a message pops up showing you a reminder to ask them about their vacation in Maui -- cool, huh?). Oh, and one more thing: Palm webOS 1.1 re-enables Palm media sync. That’s right -- you once again can have seamless access to your music, photos and videos from the current version of iTunes (8.2.1).”

So there you have it, official confirmation that you can once again sync your Palm Pre with iTunes – at least until Apple once again updates iTunes. Here’s what I’m talking about. When news broke out that the Palm Pre mimics the iPhone and is capable of syncing with iTunes, Apple did nothing for while and let Palm Pre users enjoy the functionality. But only for a while, because the Cupertino-based software developer soon reacted by posting an article on its support site stating that "some third-parties claim that their digital media players are able to sync with Apple software” and that “newer versions of Apple's iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players.” That was a warning on things to come – an iTunes update that broke Palm Pre’s syncing ability. And now, Palm has responded by updating Web OS to re-enable the syncing feature. We’re all waiting to see what Apple will do next.

Until then, you can take a look at a detailed presentation of all the enhancements Web OS 1.1 brings to the table here.

Tags: Palm Pre, Web OS 1.1, Apple, iTunes
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