iTunes 10.2.1 out now; iOS 4.3 due tomorrow?

Apple has just released the latest version of iTunes 10, which replaces the previous version that was only launched on Wednesday.

The latest version of the software, iTunes 10.2.1, has the same update change log as the previous 10.2 version. It's unclear exactly what has changed since Wednesday, but it's likely a simple bug fix that prevented iOS 4.3 from installing correctly.

Earlier today, BGR reported that Apple would be releasing iOS 4.3 at 10am PST / 1PM EST, but shortly after the launch window passed, loopinsight.com reported that the update will be made available tomorrow. The delay was likely due to an iTunes issue, possibly why Apple has released a minor update for both Mac and Windows.

What's new in iTunes 10.2.1

• Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3.
• Improved Home Sharing. Browse and play from your iTunes libraries with Home Sharing on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit: support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users can expect iOS 4.3 to be launched tomorrow, but may require iTunes 10.2.1 to install.

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OK, so I installed the 10.2.1 update through Apple Software Update, and the next time I launched iTunes it said files were missing and to reinstall it. So I went to the web site to download the installer, and once it was installed I noted that the version number now is 10.2.1.1 (yes, the extra .1 is NOT a typo).

Wait a second. You mean iOS 4.3 will be released tomorrow and be available on all supporting platforms simultaneously?!?! People can install it without needing to jailbreak or otherwise hack their phone to get it? Magical!

In all seriousness, its lame that personal hot spot won't be going to the 3GS! :mad:

Yeah, while my wife's HTC Desire is still waiting on our carrier to release the 2.2 update (they just approved it and sent it to Google for final approval, so it is supposed to be 10-15 more business days till we get it). That is one area where Google really screwed up with Android. They could have easily required OEMs and carriers to allow users to update all at the same time, but chose to give the OEMs and carriers far too much power to hold back needed updates.

It's a PITA that Apple keeps releasing whole installers wen they just change a thing or two. Specially they do this with every new release. A few days after, there surely is a new version or a silent update of the same major version.

Sadly for me, I need to keep modifying the installers to avoid QuickTime, Bonjour, Apple Software Update etc because many of my clients use it.

ajua said,
Sadly for me, I need to keep modifying the installers to avoid QuickTime, Bonjour, Apple Software Update etc because many of my clients use it.

So, why exactly do you feel the need to remove parts of the software? Each of the things you mentioned have a purpose, and iTunes simply can't do everthing it is supposed to without them.

roadwarrior said,

So, why exactly do you feel the need to remove parts of the software? Each of the things you mentioned have a purpose, and iTunes simply can't do everthing it is supposed to without them.
They do have a purpose, otherwise they wouldn't make them.

However, I don't see the need for QuickTime, Bonjour and Apple Software Update (when iTunes itself can check for and install its own updates.

If they provided a way to deploy iTunes with flexibility and the ability to choose what to install it would be great for people like me that install it a few times a day.

Regulars users don't need Bonjour, or even Mobile Device Support if they don't have an iPod/Touch or iPhone who requires it. Also, the installation defaults to associate QuickTime and iTunes to play all media files is bad. What about folks that just use iTunes for updating their devices?

My freaking 3GS is having problems with iOS 4.xx .. It just restarts during calls which drives me nutts. And because I live in Sweden they can't do **** about it and I really hope that this new iOS has the fix for 3GS.

Meh, I already have iOS 4.3 on my 3GS.
It's a shame that it doesn't support personal hotspot, seriously... I can't see the reason why. Is my iPhone missing a hardware component that the iPhone 4 has?

PyX said,
Meh, I already have iOS 4.3 on my 3GS.
It's a shame that it doesn't support personal hotspot, seriously... I can't see the reason why. Is my iPhone missing a hardware component that the iPhone 4 has?

I believe the iPhone 4 uses a different WiFi adapter than the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Although Apps like MyWi work perfectly on older models, it may be hardware, software, battery or even the fact there was 2 different versions of the iPhone 3GS. I don't know if the WiFi adapter was changed mid-product cycle.

PyX said,
Meh, I already have iOS 4.3 on my 3GS.
It's a shame that it doesn't support personal hotspot, seriously... I can't see the reason why. Is my iPhone missing a hardware component that the iPhone 4 has?

I found info, I quoted from Apple:


1. AirPlay is compatible only with the second-generation Apple TV.
2. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2011 using SunSpider JavaScript benchmark version 0.9.1 with prerelease software and shipping hardware. Actual results may vary.
3. Requires iTunes 10.2.
4. Personal Hotspot requires a supporting hotspot tethering plan from your carrier and works with up to three devices over Wi-Fi, three devices over Bluetooth, and one device over USB.
5. Multitasking is available with apps that have been developed to work with iOS 4.
6. Requires an AirPrint-enabled printer. See http://www.apple.com/ipad/features/airprint.html for a list of compatible printers.
7. Once you create a free Find My iPhone account on your iPhone 4, iPad, or iPod touch (4th generation), you can use your Apple ID and password to enable the same features on your other devices running iOS 4.2 or later.
8. Game Center works with apps that have been developed to work with the Game Center service.

PyX said,
Meh, I already have iOS 4.3 on my 3GS.
It's a shame that it doesn't support personal hotspot, seriously... I can't see the reason why. Is my iPhone missing a hardware component that the iPhone 4 has?

I figured it was because of the battery, but I looked at the Apple site and saw that the iPhone 4's battery is just a smidge better.

7. Once you create a free Find My iPhone account on your iPhone 4, iPad, or iPod touch (4th generation), you can use your Apple ID and password to enable the same features on your other devices running iOS 4.2 or later.

Does this mean I can register my 3GS for free? Since I registered my iPad this weekend with this service.

Pablo2008jedi said,

Does this mean I can register my 3GS for free? Since I registered my iPad this weekend with this service.

just use the same account you registered your ipad with

Pablo2008jedi said,

Does this mean I can register my 3GS for free? Since I registered my iPad this weekend with this service.

just use the same account you registered your ipad with

Andrew Lyle said,

I believe the iPhone 4 uses a different WiFi adapter than the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Although Apps like MyWi work perfectly on older models, it may be hardware, software, battery or even the fact there was 2 different versions of the iPhone 3GS. I don't know if the WiFi adapter was changed mid-product cycle.

MyWi is a software solution to a problem best solved in hardware.

I wish they made tagging more efficient by providing tools to clean up tags or set them with customary fields. It seems file management has been the least attended to by iTunes devs.

LeHote said,
I wish they made tagging more efficient by providing tools to clean up tags or set them with customary fields. It seems file management has been the least attended to by iTunes devs.


why, the stuff you buy from itunes is perfectly tagged. they are not geared to music from other sources. (unfortunately)