On Friday, Palm released an update to the ROM for the Palm Pre, bringing it to version 1.1, adding some missing ActiveSync functionality, to better align the Palm Pre with business. More importantly for some, it also restored the ability of the Palm Pre to sync with iTunes.
Earlier, Apple released iTunes 8.2.1 which blocked the Palm Pre
from being recognized by the software. As we noted then, this is likely to turn into a back-and-forth battle between the two companies.
Last month, Apple warned that future updates to iTunes might
affect the ability of third-party MP3 players to use the software. They didn't specifically mention the Pre, but what else could they have been talking about?
"Apple designs the hardware and software to provide seamless integration of the iPhone and iPod with iTunes, the iTunes Store, and tens of thousands of apps on the App Store. Apple is aware that some third-parties claim that their digital media players are able to sync with Apple software. However, Apple does not provide support for, or test for compatibility with, non-Apple digital media players."
Palm has emphasized sync with iTunes as one of the selling points of the Pre.
At the same time, Palm added some missing ActiveSync functionality to
their implementation of Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), including:
- remote wipe
- PIN/password requirements
- inactivity timeout
- improved certificate handling
These were all missing from their initial implementation of EAS, and actually caused issues with people trying to provision their Pres with EAS.
They also added support for emoticons in the messaging app, and something called "person reminders." You add these in the contacts app, and the next time you get a message or phone call from that person, a message box pops up showing you a reminder of some sort. They also added NFL Mobile Live (from Sprint).
You can see the full list of changes here