WebOS 1.2.1 fixes Palm Pre iTunes sync issue

October 3, 2009

When WebOS 1.2 arrived without an iTunes 9 sync fix or work around, pretty much everyone assumed Palm had given up their quixotic effort to restore syncing with Apple’s industry leading jukebox software. And, honestly, who could blame them. Well, what a difference a point update can make.

When Palm’s WebOS 1.2 shipped last week, it came with two problems right out of the gate — 1.) it broke Exchange 2007 compatibility, and 2.) it didn’t restore the ability of the Pre to sync with iTunes. For many users, the former issue is a major problem.

However, regarding number 2, after the USB Implementers Forum sided with Apple against Palm and its unauthorized, perhaps even illegal use of the iPod device identifier to trick iTunes into syncing with the Pre, most folks assumed the upstart had been beaten and would duly slink away.

Not so.

Palm has announced (via Gizmodo) that not only does WebOS 1.2.1 fix the aforementioned Exchange 2007 problem, but that they’ve also restored Pre + iTunes syncing.

Here’s a synopsis of the release notes:

• Resolved an issue affecting Exchange 2007 users whereby they could no longer synchronize with their Exchange account for Email, Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks.
• Resolves an issue preventing media sync from working with 9.0.1 (Ed—Emphasis added)
• Media sync now synchronizes photo albums, maintaining the album structure in the Photos app
• Media sync now allows for synchronizing photos without requiring the full-resolution originals
• Resolved an issue where if a user tried to play streaming music or video, the media stream might drop out or have a long delay before starting.
• Addresses a security issue encountered by webkit developers

Well, sooner or later, Palm will end up roadkill — it’s inevitable. Nevertheless, for however long they do manage to stand against THE MAN, I for one wish them well. And, honestly, when Apple does crush them, reducing them to a greasy spot on the road, I’ll probably cheer then, too…

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