A couple of days after their latest release of WebOS 1.2 Palm released WebOS 1.2.1. Now the Palm Pre is again synchronizing with Apple’s iTunes 9.0.1. Since iTunes version 8.2.1 with every update Apple is trying to stop Palm from syncing their Pre with iTunes. As we’ve seen in the past, all those attempts by Apple don’t last long. According to Precentral.net the Palm Pre uses Apple’s USB idVendor string to fool iTunes into thinking the Palm Pre is an iPod.
The WebOS 1.2.1 update features:
sync photo albums with iTunes
reducing size of photos on the Pre
bugfix for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 sync
The update is 38MBybte in size and will be transmitted automatically on the Pre – at least in the USA.
According to phonenews.com the US american carrier Sprint will be the official distributor of Palm’s new flagship “Pre”. phonenews.com is referring to internal Sprint memos that there are two possible launch dates.
If Palm can deliver enough units the launch might be on May 17th, 2009 or if not the release will be delayed until June 29th, 2009. The end of june has also been mentioned by Palm when referring to the iPhone. At the end of June, the first iPhone subscribtions will be finished and people might want to search for an alternative.
In our opinion the Pre is a very strong contender to the iPhone. Its Linux based WebOS looks also very interesting to developers and hackers. Moreover the Pre supports multi-tasking. Let’s see what the new iPhone models will feature.