Apple releases iTunes 10.4 and iWork update for Mac OS X Lion

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Apple has released iTunes 10.4 which supports full-screen mode and 64-bit cocoa under Mac OS X Lion. iTunes however remains 32-bit under Snow Leopard.

You can now use iTunes with OS X Lion’s new Full-Screen App capability, which allows you to use iTunes and other apps without distractions. Navigate between your full-screen apps with a simple gesture.

Note: iTunes is now a 64-bit Cocoa application on OS X Lion and includes a number of important stability and performance improvements. Some iTunes plug-ins may no longer be compatible with this version of iTunes. Please contact the plug-in developer for an updated plug-in compatible with iTunes 10.4.

Apple also releases iWork Update 6 which adds support for Mac OS X Lion’s Full Screen Mode, Resume, Auto Save and Versions features.

iTunes 10.3 released with iCloud beta and books in iTunes Store

Apple released iTunes 10.3 which includes support for iTunes in the Cloud. Music you purchase from iTunes now can be pushed to your other iOS devices, and you can download past purchases as well. The full iCloud is set to release this fall with iTunes 10.5. Meanwhile you can update iTunes to version 10.3 to get a taste of things to come.

Introducing iTunes in the Cloud beta. The music you purchase in iTunes appears automatically on all your devices. You can also download your past iTunes purchases. Where you want, when you want.

• Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your Mac and iOS devices.

• Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music purchases again at no additional cost. Your purchases are available in the iTunes Store on your Mac or in the iTunes app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.

iTunes 10.3 also adds Books to the iTunes Store, where you can discover and buy your favorite books on your computer and automatically download them to iBooks on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This version also allows you to use Automatic Downloads with apps and books or download previously purchased apps and books from your computer or iOS device.

Updated: Apple has pushed out iTunes 10.3.1, a day after releasing 10.3. This is likely to solve the device sync problems reported by users in Apple forums.

How to prevent iPhone apps from syncing to iPad

When you use iTunes to sync to iPhone and then to iPad, all new iPhone only apps will automatically sync to iPad as well. Very often you’d desire iTunes to sync only iPad apps to iPad only. Currently there is no way to just check a preference option to do so. In order to sync only iPad apps to iPad, you need to manually deselect the apps before you press the sync button.

The first step is to disable automatic sync when you insert iPhone or iPad into USB port. Select iTunes->Preferences (or Command+,) from the menu. Select the “Devices” tab, and check the box for “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically”.

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Connect your iPad to the USB port of your computer. On iTunes left column listing, select the iPad under “DEVICES”. And on the iTunes main screen, select “Apps” from the menu.

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Ensure “Sync Apps” is checked, and select “Sort by Kind” from the drop down list. This will sort apps into three categories:

  1. iPhone, iPod touch and iPad Apps
  2. iPhone and iPod touch Apps
  3. iPad Apps

Categories 1 and 3 are apps that are build for iPad and takes advantage of the bigger screen of iPad. Category 2 are apps that are build for iPhone only. Scroll through the list of apps under category 2 and deselect the checkbox.

You can now press the “Apply” or “Sync” button below the screen to start iTunes sync to your iPad.

iTunes updated with minor 10.2.2 release

Apple releases iTunes 10.2.2 which provides a number of bug fixes:

  • Addresses an issue where iTunes may become unresponsive when syncing an iPad.
  • Resolves an issue which may cause syncing photos with iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to take longer than necessary.
  • Fixes a problem where video previews on the iTunes Store may skip while playing.
  • Addresses other issues that improve stability and performance.

 

Apple releases iTunes 10.2.1 and updates for Java for Mac OS X

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Apple has released a bug fixes iTunes 10.2.1, one week after the release of version 10.2 which is required for the coming iOS 4.3. You can download the update from the usual Software Update. iOS 4.3 is slated to release together with iPad 2 on March 11.

Apple also release update to Java for Mac OS X for both 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard. The update improves compatibility, security and reliability running Java apps on Java Virtual Machine. These are updates from Apple directly. Apple will drop its own Java for Mac OS X Lion, instead Oracle will supply Java runtime for the next iteration of Mac OS X.

 

No magazine app about Android allowed in iTunes App Store

Apple has rejected a magazine app about Android from iTunes App Store as “We cannot have a magazine about Android in our App Store”. Danish magazine publisher Mediaprovider got a call from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino California explaining the ban of its Android Magasinet magazine app.

“You know… your magazine… it’s just about Android…. we can’t have that in our App Store.”

Apple bans mag-app on Android from App Store