updated 05:25 pm EDT, Fri May 29, 2009
Wireless iTunes video prep
Apple has confirmed intentions to allow direct purchase of iTunes videos from an iPhone, sources close to the company's training programs say. Originally a blogger is said to have discovered the option's existence by accident, though users of the iPhone 3.0 beta can now gain a glimpse through a custom link. Graphics and downloads in the early browser are currently broken.
The alleged confirmation comes by way of self-guided training packages, sent to AppleCare agents. Each kit details planned features of the iPhone 3.0 firmware, among these being direct iTunes video purchases. Traditionally iPhones and iPod touches have only been able to sync the material, after having connected to a Mac or PC.
The timing of the kits is thought to be some of the earliest Apple has yet dared. "Apple never puts out product training this far ahead of a product launch," one of the sources comments. Together the sources agree that the instructions are approximately six weeks early. Not mentioned in them however are connection options, which may be unlikely to include 3G. At present, even audio downloads over 3G are limited to 10MB.
Any announcement for iTunes video is likely to happen at Apple's next major press event, the WWDC keynote on June 8th.