updated 07:10 pm EDT, Sat September 6, 2008
iTunes 8, iPhone 2.1 soon?
Apple's special iPod event on September 9th should see the release of two anticipated software updates, a report claims. One anonymous source "close to the situation" is cited as saying that iTunes 8, frequently expected to launch on the 9th, is indeed scheduled to go online at that date. It is rumored to bring with it a number of changes, such as the "Genius" recommendation feature, a grid view, and HD-quality TV episodes through the iTunes Store.
A separate source suggests that the iPhone 2.1 firmware will be released simultaneously, upgrading phones with background push notification as well as directional GPS, which may enable turn-by-turn navigation. Apple is further said to have kept some features out of developer seeds, with the aim of surprising the public and/or rivals. What these components might include is unclear.