Apple releases iTunes 10.1.2, upgrade must for CDMA iPhone 4

Friday, January 28, 2011, 12:47 by Tech Correspondent

Apple has released iTunes 10.1.2, an upgrade required for iTunes to function with the CDMA iPhone 4.

The iTunes 10.1.2 is available via Apple’s iTunes download page and the Mac and PC software update application. Apple specifically said that the upgrade is meant for CDMA iPhone 4 and not Verizon iPhone 4. This may be an indication that a CDMA iPhone 4 is hitting carriers other than Verizon Wireless in the United States.

The iTunes 10.1.2 brings many stability and performance enhancements. It syncs music, movies, and more with CDMA iPhone 4. iTunes 10.1 also came with several new features such as use AirPlay to instantly and wirelessly stream videos from iTunes to the all-new Apple TV. It also included sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch with iOS 4.2.

On Feb. 10, 2011, Apple iPhone 4 will hit Verizon shelves. Current Verizon customers have been given a chance to preorder the iPhone 4 on Feb. 3 for the standard $200 price for the 16GB model on a two-year agreement and $300 for the 32GB version.

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Photo: Apple iPhone 4 CDMA

Verizon’s CDMA network doesn’t support simultaneous voice and data like the GSM version. It features a new antenna design just because of the simple reason that CDMA requires a different configuration of antennas.

Apple said that they didn’t go LTE just yet because first-gen chipsets would force unwanted design decisions, and customers want a Verizon device now. Software-wise, Apple has added a big and innovative new feature and that includes the five-user Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.

This means that Verizon will let customers use the iPhone 4 like a wireless hotspot, allowing subscribers to connect up to five devices to the Internet. Verizon will charge $20 per month to enable this service, and will reportedly have a $30 unlimited 4G use package. Related: AT&T brings back $30 unlimited data plan

So far, Apple’s smartphones – iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS have all been on AT&T’s network in the United States. When AT&T won exclusive rights to the iPhone, it launched several concessions. The company started off sharing wireless service revenue with Cupertino, California-based Apple, though it discontinued that practice in 2008. AT&T allowed Apple to manage the iTunes software, which gave rise to Apple’s App Store for mobile applications.

A few months ago, there were reports that Apple was considering releasing its CDMA iPhone 4 on Tata Indicom and Rcom in India. It seems now that while device supplier Foxconn will make iPhone 4 phones for Verizon, the iPhones coming to India and China will be made by Pegatron. Both of these companies are electronic design and manufacturing firms based in Taiwan. Read our story on CDMA Apple iPhone 4 India launch

Pegatron is said to ship CDMA iPhone 4 starting this month; while Foxconn already did so last month. In April 2010, Apple said it had sold altogether more than 51 million iPhones since the smartphone was launched. Verizon has 93 million subscribers in the U.S. and iPhone sales are expected to nearly double in the coming year.

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