updated 12:05 pm EDT, Fri July 24, 2009
Palm Says Apple USB Abuse
Palm has not only restored iTunes syncing for the Pre but has accused Apple of abusing the USB standard to keep other devices out. Company spokeswoman Lynn Fox told All Things D late yesterday that Palm has filed a complaint with the USB Implementers Forum (USB IF) over Apple's use of the Vendor ID number. The specific issue isn't stated, but it's implied that Apple is misusing the ID check to prevent all non-Apple devices from appearing in iTunes.
"Palm believes that openness and interoperability offer better experiences for users by allowing them the freedom to use the content they own without interference across devices and services," Fox says.
The complaint is unusual as it's believed Palm itself may be breaching USB IF rules by masquerading the Pre and future webOS phones under a different vendor's name, making it appear as an Apple device. Some of the company's engineers have previously worked on Apple's handhelds and so are more likely to know Apple's Vendor ID and other details needed to connect properly in iTunes.
Apple hasn't commented on either the new webOS update or Palm's allegations.