iTunes 10.5 for Mac brings 64-bit, fullscreen support

In the aftermath of the announcements from yesterday's WWDC, one particular release has seen little publicity. The beta of iTunes 10.5, which was released to developers yesterday, will bring with it iCloud and iOS 5 support when it gets officially released. But for Mac users, some more hidden features are in store.

Early reports indicate that iTunes has finally made the jump to 64-bit on the Mac platform. Users have been clamouring after 64-bit support for years, ever since Apple started advertising 64-bit in Mac OS X. iTunes is somewhat late to the party, with Snow Leopard bringing most of the built-in apps into 64-bit territory.

Furthermore, the fullscreen feature of Mac OS X Lion is supported. The mode currently resembles the usual interface with the title bar cut off, in a similar style to other Lion apps. We may have to wait until iTunes 11 before we see a more iOS-like interface, like the elements slowly making their way into Apple's other apps.

The interface has received a few minor tweaks. Gone are the awkward lilac scrollbars, instead using Lion's new disappearing ones. Elements have been slightly tweaked throughout. Apple has also apparently reversed its decision on having vertical window controls.

iTunes 10.5 is expected to be released alongside iOS 5.

Credit to forum member ThothTD for the tip and image

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Ahh, good ole Mac, with somehow the concept of "I want my application to use all available screen space" being ignored until recently, and now it's a dramatic new 'feature', as if they just came up with the idea....

chadlachlanross said,
as if they just came up with the idea....

No, that's just something you imagine yourself.

.Neo said,

No, that's just something you imagine yourself.

he didn't I have been personally told countless times that Maximise is not required because it makes you less efficient by a number of Mac users (in real life and on forums)

dhan said,

he didn't I have been personally told countless times that Maximise is not required because it makes you less efficient by a number of Mac users (in real life and on forums)

First of all you're confusing Mac users with Apple (the company). Second, just because some Mac users have a certain opinion doesn't mean everyone with a Mac shares that same opinion. Never mind the nuances you could bring into this story where full-screen is probably mostly pointless on a 27-inch iMac and zoom continues to be preferable, but could be useful on Macs with a smaller screen (mostly MacBooks). Also, the way Mac OS X Lion handles full-screen applications is very different from maximized windows on Windows today: Zoom isn't replaced by full-screen.

.Neo said,

First of all you're confusing Mac users with Apple (the company). Second, just because some Mac users have a certain opinion doesn't mean everyone with a Mac shares that same opinion. Never mind the nuances you could bring into this story where full-screen is probably mostly pointless on a 27-inch iMac and zoom continues to be preferable, but could be useful on Macs with a smaller screen (mostly MacBooks). Also, the way Mac OS X Lion handles full-screen applications is very different from maximized windows on Windows today: Zoom isn't replaced by full-screen.

+1

Also, this whole "<insert feature here> that already existed in <insert product here>, and now Apple is claiming it is new, magical and revolutionary" catch phrase is very old.

Shadrack said,

+1

Also, this whole "<insert feature here> that already existed in <insert product here>, and now Apple is claiming it is new, magical and revolutionary" catch phrase is very old.


Yes, it's funny. Note how during no part of the entire iOS 5 / Lion keynote yesterday, Apple didn't say once they were innovating.

Yet, you could read comments in the dozen as if they had boasted about innovation.

.Neo said,

First of all you're confusing Mac users with Apple (the company). Second, just because some Mac users have a certain opinion doesn't mean everyone with a Mac shares that same opinion. Never mind the nuances you could bring into this story where full-screen is probably mostly pointless on a 27-inch iMac and zoom continues to be preferable, but could be useful on Macs with a smaller screen (mostly MacBooks). Also, the way Mac OS X Lion handles full-screen applications is very different from maximized windows on Windows today: Zoom isn't replaced by full-screen.

I am not confusing Apple users with Apple. I said Apple users(not apple) for years said Maximize wasn't necessary and now suddenly singing praises of a full screen. It might be different than Windows' maximize, but the intention is similar/same (maximize the workspace).
There was a major chunk of Apple users who justify whatever Apple puts out. Don't try to act that this never happened because it continues to happen everyday.

.Neo said,
It's only 64-bit on Mac OS X Lion right now.
That explains it - only just got DP4 installed, will give iTunes 10.5 an install now.

BlendedFrog said,
Um...isn't it v.10.3? iTunes website says 10.3 and so did my software update last night.

Devs get iTunes 10.5.

iTunes 10.5 is a beta version required for iOS 5 beta, only available to developers (through legal channels that is). iTunes 10.3 is the latest stable version for the general public.

Jmaxku said,
I would love for 24 bit audio. What happened to that rumor?

we have to wait for the iTunes event in september for that, if true.

Jmaxku said,
I would love for 24 bit audio. What happened to that rumor?

Quiet you, no one needs that sort of fidelity in digital music.

I remember hearing a group of microsoft devs talking about the audio problems with earlier OSX releases. I hope they fixed those issues, otherwise 24bit audio won't make things sound any better.

I really hope they release a true 64-bit for Windows along with the 24-bit audio. I also hope they eventually offer Apple Lossless for the iTunes Store and *maybe* have QuickTime support FLAC.

Wishful thinking, I know.

Lord Venom said,
I really hope they release a true 64-bit for Windows

Maybe around the same time Microsoft releases Office for Mac in 64-bit.

.Neo said,

Maybe around the same time Microsoft releases Office for Mac in 64-bit.

what does iTunes have anything to do with Office for Mac?

.Neo said,

Maybe around the same time Microsoft releases Office for Mac in 64-bit.

Microsoft release office on the MAC as a courtesy....as oppose to Apple who need windows users..

They probably (at long last) had to port it to Cocoa in order to get Lion's fullscreen support. That may account for the 64-bitness.

I wish they would rewrite the program from scratch, its one of the most poorly written programs of all time.

jeffT said,
I wish they would rewrite the program from scratch, its one of the most poorly written programs of all time.

It's true. It's pretty funny that, when you break down the entire user experience of iTunes and owning an iPod/iPhone into its fundamental parts, each element is somehow really annoying, tedious, and subpar. But brought together, it's somehow this amazing formula for success. Apple is truly the master at making a finished product greater than the sum of its parts.

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