It’s been awhile since Apple released their last major version of iTunes, and iTunes 10 is beginning to feel a bit dated – but may be about to change. 9to5Mac reports that Apple has been testing iTunes 11 for several months, and claims to provide some early details about the update.
According to sources, Apple has recently begun internally seeding the next major release of theiTunes application for computers, iTunes 11. Work on iTunes 11 began prior to the release ofiTunes 10.6, and the development of the new software product – that we are familiar with – is currently focused on under-the-hood changes, rather than cosmetic changes. However, Apple develops different portions of products in separate groups or at separate times, so the final product will likely include some new user-interface elements and more visible features.
iTunes 11 is reportedly already being seeded internally to Apple employees, and will feature support for iOS 6 (and the upcoming devices that will ship with iOS 6), as well as improved iCloud integration, including a dedicated iCloud settings panel with controls for iTunes Match, iCloud device backups, and iTunes in the cloud.
A full App Store revamp is also rumored to be in the works, and will launch sometime in the summer of fall, possibly alongside iTunes 11. Considering Apple’s recent acquisition of Chomp, it’s likely that the app store revamp will include improve app discovery developed by the company.
The improved iCloud integration certainly seems to make sense, especially considering the increasing amount of emphasis Apple is putting on the service, and suggests that Apple will continue focusing on and improving iCloud (and its integration with iOS and OS X) for some time to come.
Rumors surrounding iTunes 11 began circulating last summer with rumors that it would receive a significant redesign and improved iCloud integration, though that rumor also claimed it would be released last September.