iTunes 10.2.1 Released, Paving The Way For iOS 4.3 Release Later Today

iTunes 10.2.1 Released, Paving The Way For iOS 4.3 Release Later Today

Yesterday, BGR made a SNAFU and claimed that iOS 4.3 was due to be pumped down to users in just a couple of hours. Obviously, that didn’t happen, but The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple has iOS 4.3’s actual release pegged for later today.

That’s looking increasingly likely. Earlier today, and less than a week after releasing iTunes 10.2, Apple has released iTunes 10.2.1 through the usual channels, which is solely a release paving the way for iTunes 4.3.

In fact, it appears to be mostly a small bug fix release, as Apple’s release notes state that iTunes 10.2.1 offers the ability to sync with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 4.3, as well as improved Home Sharing, letting users browse and play from their iTunes libraries with Home Sharing on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 4.3. That’s the same as iTunes 10.2.

No other features or bug fixes are mentioned in the release notes, but you can bet that if Apple didn’t feel that a new version of iTunes so shortly after the last version’s release was critical, they wouldn’t have pushed out so quickly. Expect iOS 4.3 to drop in a few hours.

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  • Mac

    iTunes 4.3 ?

  • guest…

    He clearly felt the need to rush this out

  • Jaymacgthree

    John: The end of your second paragraph has “iTunes 4.3″ when it should read “iOS 4.3″.

  • Matt

    apple says 3/11 steve jobs said 3/11 3/11 is the damn day they will release it.. so one sales rep said it would be today… its fri

  • Noname61288

    And…. its released, downloading and updating now :D

  • Titan511

    Heads Up: iTunes 10.2.1 update removed all my music, movies, apps… EVERYTHING and trashed my iTunes prefrences. It took me an hour to add all 18,000 of my mp3′s & videos.

  • charlie edwards

    SunSpider is telling me that my iPhone 4 is 2.35x faster. ISO 4.2 vs. 4.3.
    ** TOTAL **: 2.35x as fast 10181.8ms +/- 0.4% 4341.5ms +/- 12.3% significant

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