Apple has just rolled out iTunes 8.2.1 to users and it includes a foreboding message for owners of the Palm Pre, noting that the update includes bugfixes and “addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices”.
Palm and Apple have been locked in a protracted PR batte regarding the ability of the Pre to sync with iTunes by being recognized as a native iPod, no doubt an influence from Palm CEO Jon Rubenstein owing to his helming of the iPod project before leaving Apple for Palm last year.
It remains to be seen what the PR machine for Palm will come up with regarding the sync issues as Apple has provided the following statement :
“iTunes 8.2.1 is a free software update that provides a number of important bug fixes. It also disables devices falsely pretending to be iPods, including the Palm Pre.
As we’ve said before, newer versions of iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with unsupported digital media players.”
Palm has yet to provide an official statement regarding the issue, but it may be rendered moot thanks to applications such as the third-party Missing Sync for Mac, which includes Pre support and features many of the same features as native Pre-iTunes syncing with additional features.
In related news, the update also patches an iPhone 3G S exploit whereby the encryption keys for the device were being dumped to a temporary folder, which allowed jailbreak developers to use the files to develop the neccessary tools for jailbreaking the device.