Microsoft announced in May 2017 that Apple would join the Windows 10 effort with a Microsoft Store version of its popular iTunes app, essentially enabling Windows 10 S adopters to sync their iPhones and iPads as well.
Even though it was expected to launch before the end of the year, Apple has never been in a rush to roll out the Windows 10 version of iTunes, but it now looks like we’re getting closer to the moment this app is supposed to see daylight.
Italian site AggiornamentiLumia has discovered evidence which indicates that Apple is close to pushing the go-ahead button for the Microsoft Store version of iTunes, including an iTunesUWP.dll library that’s supposed to power the app.
Coming with Windows 10 Redstone 4?
As with everything Apple, no confirmation has been provided, though there’s a good chance the company finalizes the Microsoft Store version of iTunes before the release of Windows 10 Redstone 4. Microsoft could thus use the Redstone 4 unveiling to introduce the new iTunes app to users.
Windows 10 Redstone 4 is projected to be finalized in March before being released to users worldwide in April. It doesn’t yet have a full name, but Microsoft is expected to announce it next month.
While it’s too early to predict whether iTunes for Windows 10 would be successful or not, the Store version will be particularly useful for Windows 10 S and the upcoming Windows Polaris, both of which are limited to apps in the Microsoft Store.
With this version of its app, Apple wants to make sure that everyone can sync their iPhones, regardless the desktop platform they choose. Furthermore, with Windows 10 S primarily aimed at the education industry and iPhone particularly a hit among teenagers, Apple’s decision certainly makes sense.
It remains to be seen when this new version of iTunes is going to land, but by the looks of things, we’re not too far from the moment this is going to happen.