The next major version of iTunes 11 is being prepped for release, according to 9to5Mac.com. The website says that, according to sources, Apple has begun internally seeding the next major release of the software.
The release is said to mainly involve “under-the-hood changes” to its functionality rather than simple cosmetic tweaks, though any significant alterations to its features will undoubtedly lead to some user interface updates as well.
All “iDevice” owners must use iTunes for a number of essential update and back-up features, like it or not (and there are plenty of folks who do not). Whether this major update addresses the most common complaints remains to be seen.
The report states that iTunes 11 will be ready to support the upcoming iOS 6 for syncing with Apple’s mobile devices. It’s been customary for the company to refresh its iTunes application for Mac and Windows computers around the same time as major updates to iOS.
However, the story also cites a source saying that another incremental update to iTunes 10 could happen in the mean time. Version 10 of iTunes first appeared in 2010, so we could expect an update around the third quarter of 2012.
Further integration with Apple’s iCloud remote syncing facility is said to be a key part of iTunes 11. The 9to5Mac site claims to have seen a screenshot that shows a dedicated iCloud control panel, reportedly for managing iTunes in the Cloud content and other and related features such as iTunes Match and iCloud iOS device backups.
Apple is also believed to be working on a revamp of its iTunes Store and the App Store, also likely to go live later in the summer. This is expected to improve the “content discovery” aspect of iTunes and Apple’s online stores.