updated 11:55 pm EDT, Mon September 28, 2009
Update does not fix Apple's compatibility block
Palm on Monday announced that it is set to launch webOS 1.2, an update to the Pre firmware. The Palm Synergy service has been expanded to support LinkedIn contact syncing, with profiles presented in the Pre contacts. The e-mail function now allows users to filter the results in the current folder by typing in a search term. While navigating the Internet, files can be downloaded directly from within the browser.
Other minor improvements include the ability to download Amazon MP3s via WAN and Wi-Fi, along with tapping a phone number in a calendar note to dial it. Like the iPhone OS, the Pre firmware now allows users to cut-and-paste content from Web pages or e-mails.
Following a conflict with Apple, the latest Pre OS no longer syncs with iTunes. Each time Palm has released an update to reestablish sync support, Apple has followed with an iTunes update to block compatibility.
Palm complained to the USB Implementers Forum, claiming Apple abuses its USB-IF membership by intentionally blocking third-party devices. The USB-IF, however, disagreed with the allegations and expressed concern that Palm is planning to use Apple's Vendor ID (VID) to trick iTunes into believing the Pre is an iPod or iPhone.
Pre owners should expect an automatic over-the-air update to webOS v1.2 sometime over the next few days. It remains unclear if Palm will continue to pursue iTunes sync with future updates.