That’s according to 9to5Mac, who yesterday claimed that the software has reportedly already been seeded internally. While details are still scarce at this point, amongst the changes to the multimedia management suite is rumored to be early support for the next iteration of iOS – iOS 6.
While iTunes 11 is built as an iOS 6 compatible-release, according to sources, iTunes 11 could very well be a release coming farther down the road, and Apple could very well release another iTunes 10.x point update as a simple iOS-6-compatiblity release. One source calls that the more likely situation.
Also expected with the release of iTunes 11 is better integration with iCloud. Noting that the biggest feature to the software may be its “dedicated iCloud settings panel,” they report:
The above image is an actual screenshot from an internal iTunes 11.0 build, but we have seen more than that. iTunes 11 includes an increased presence of iCloud integration. [...] This panel is a centralized, always accessible spot for users to control iCloud related features while in iTunes. These features include iTunes Match, iTunes in the Cloud, iCloud iOS device backups and more.
While the report notes that iTunes 11 may be a release which is further down the road, though, it’s important to note the timing of this rumor. Apple is likely to hold its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) sometime this June, and we would make a sure bet that both iTunes and iOS 6 may just play a part.
The version of iTunes which is currently available to the public, is iTunes 10.6.1.