Last Tuesday, Apple announced that they will be pushing back the launch of iTunes 11 until November. The company cited unexpected delays and their desire to “get it right” as the reason of the postponement. As stated by the company’s spokesman Tom Neumayr:
The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra times to get it right. We look forward for releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface, and seamless integration with iCloud before the end of November.
Although Apple didn’t say the cause of the delay, there were speculations that it has something to do with Scott Forstall’s departure. In the recent management overhaul of the company, the iOS chief will be replaced by Eddy Cue and he will take on some of Forstall’s duties including Maps, Siri and iTunes. However, there have no or little evidence that can support this claim.
iTunes 11: What to Expect
It is expected that the iTunes 11 will feature better layout, faster performance, full-library search, improved iCloud integration, redesigned mini player, and full-screen support. In relation to this, AppleInsider was able to offer an in-depth look at the iTunes 11’s revamped user interface. The software shows a tidied up, iOS-inspired interface.
Last September, it was reported that Apple took the wraps off of their redesigned iTunes for Mac and PC. The software’s new look is crafted to simplify the use of desktop software and add new features like the redesigned mini player.
Cue said the iTunes’ new interface is “dramatically simpler” than its predecessor, with its new and cleaner grid-driven interface. There’s also the “In the Store” button that lets users to access the iTunes Store quickly.
Managing playlists were also made simpler, and the “Coming Next” button allows users to change the order of upcoming tracks. Moreover, the “Play Next” adds a new track to an existing queue. Searching was also revised to show inline results, while a new player was also introduced. It features a tiny album art, basic controls, and built-in search capabilities.
The redesigned iTunes also feature enhanced iCloud integration, as it syncs positions of videos across devices. For instance, users can pick up where they left off on a movie across devices with the help of wireless iCloud syncing. This is what Apple calls as “Cloud Position”.
Aside from saying that iTunes 11 will be released, the company didn’t give the exact date or any further details. Hopefully, this will be their last push, and that the new software will indeed be better.
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