Sources familiar with Apple’s plans claim that the Cupertino company is working on a brand new version of iTunes that will launch after iOS 6 later this year, in addition to an App Store revamp that will introduce new content discovery features.
9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman reports that work began on iTunes 11 prior to the release of iTunes 10.6, and that the software has already been seeded to staff within the Apple camp for testing. While it will be a significant update, most of its changes so far have been “under-the-hood,” according to sources, with no significant cosmetic changes. However, by the time it reaches public release, Gurman believes that iTunes 11 will “likely include some new user-interface elements and more visible features.”
One of iTunes 11’s major features will be support for iOS 6, sources claim, but it may not launch alongside iOS 6. Instead, iTunes 11 will reportedly come later on, while another minor update to iTunes 10 will bring iOS 6 compatibility alongside its release later this year. “One source calls that the more likely situation,” Gurman writes.
But arguably more exciting that an iTunes update is something else Apple has been working on: an App Store revamp. Following the company’s acquisition of a service called Chomp earlier this year, Apple is expected to introduce better content discovery that will make it easier to find new apps for our iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
“Multiple independent whispers” claim the Chomp team has been “fully integrated” into the Apple camp to specifically improve content discovery in the App Store. Of course, Chomp previously offered a third-party app discovery service before it was purchased by Apple.
It sounds like Apple has some exciting release up its sleeve for this year. I’m particularly looking forward to iOS 6. What are you most excited for?