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Palm readies webOS 1.2, sans iTunes sync [now available]

updated 11:55 pm EDT, Mon September 28, 2009

Update does not fix Apple's compatibility block

Palm on Monday announced that it is set to launch webOS 1.2, an update to the Pre firmware. The Palm Synergy service has been expanded to support LinkedIn contact syncing, with profiles presented in the Pre contacts. The e-mail function now allows users to filter the results in the current folder by typing in a search term. While navigating the Internet, files can be downloaded directly from within the browser.

Other minor improvements include the ability to download Amazon MP3s via WAN and Wi-Fi, along with tapping a phone number in a calendar note to dial it. Like the iPhone OS, the Pre firmware now allows users to cut-and-paste content from Web pages or e-mails.

Following a conflict with Apple, the latest Pre OS no longer syncs with iTunes. Each time Palm has released an update to reestablish sync support, Apple has followed with an iTunes update to block compatibility.

Palm complained to the USB Implementers Forum, claiming Apple abuses its USB-IF membership by intentionally blocking third-party devices. The USB-IF, however, disagreed with the allegations and expressed concern that Palm is planning to use Apple's Vendor ID (VID) to trick iTunes into believing the Pre is an iPod or iPhone.

Pre owners should expect an automatic over-the-air update to webOS v1.2 sometime over the next few days. It remains unclear if Palm will continue to pursue iTunes sync with future updates.

by MacNN Staff



  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I wonder if Pre buyers can sue Palm for promising iTunes sync, but doing it by an unethical hack that doesn't work anymore. Remember that when the Pre was released, iTunes sync was loudly trumpeted by Palm.

    Given all the crazy lawsuits against Apple, it seems that some lawyer will file this kind of suit against Palm. And I'll sue the lawyer for stealing my idea.

  1. SergioRS

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Small Claims Court?

    Class action would likely net a bigger gain for the lawyers, but I bet taking them to small claims (since mandatory binding arbitration has been ruled illegal in a few states) would at least let someone to whom this is a big issue out of their contracts. Why Palm can't just suck it up and license Missing Sync is beyond me...

  1. GeneralDMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No iTunes Sync?

    But Palm said it only took them a few hours to get it to work again. Did they give up?

    Did anyone see the Gizmodo show with Jon Rubenstein a few weeks ago? I almost felt sorry for him when he asked if anyone in the audience had a Pre and there was no response.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh, those poor Palm Pre users...

    Their company won't even provide synching software for them. How sad.
    Sucking from the iTunes teats like Romulus and Remus and now they've gone dry for Pre users. When you're a hitch-hiker the driver can tell you to get out when he feels like it and now the Pre users are stranded on the highway in the middle of nowhere. Who are they going to cry to now when even the USB Forum has b****-slapped them?

  1. smittie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No Free Lunch

    It amuses me that we are a society that believes it is OK to exploit the work of others. Palm built Pre with the idea that they would just jump on the iTunes bus and ride along. That Apple would be OK with them doing that. Now that Apple has made it clear that Palm is not allowed to ride the iTunes bus, everyone is looking to see if there's tort money to be made.

    Fail. On both counts.

  1. lolcat789

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Why would I use iTunes to begin with?

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