In preparation for iPhone 3.0, Apple posts iTunes 8.2

Apple on Monday released iTunes 8.2, an update to its music jukebox software and online store interface for the Mac and Windows. It’s available for download through the Software Update system preference.

Apple notes that iTunes 8.2 now supports iPhones and iPod touches equipped with the iPhone 3.0 software update. Other accessibility improvements and bug fixes have also been made.

Apple also improved security in iTunes 8.2. According to a notice, Apple has improved bounds checking in 8.2 to prevent a stack buffer overflow problem that could lead to unexpected app termination or arbitrary code execution.

What makes this remarkable is that the iPhone 3.0 software update is not yet available; in fact, Apple has not stated a hard release date for the software, though it’s expected to take center stage at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), which takes place next week — June 8 - 12, 2009 — in San Francisco, Calif.

iPhone OS 3.0, current in beta, features more than 1,000 Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), exposing new features and functionality in the iPhone. Features include the ability to purchase downloadable content in applications, “Push” notification, peer-to-peer connectivity based on Bluetooth, rather than Wi-fi, accessory support, iPod library and Map Kit access and much more.

Editor’s note: Updated 4:39 PM 06/01/09 with details on security enhancements.

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