iTunes 12.1.2 Released for Mac OS X & Windows with Improvements
Apple has released an update for iTunes, versioned as iTunes 12.1.2. The small update is available now for Mac OS X and Windows, includes various improvements to the media management application that is basically essential for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. This update is particularly important for Mac, as it enables syncing photos between iTunes and the new Photos app in OS X.
The easiest way to update iTunes to 12.1.2 on the Mac is through the Software Update mechanism, accessible via the Apple menu > App Store > Updates tab in OS X. The download from existing versions of iTunes is around 100MB and should install quickly without incident.
You can also find the update available the next time you relaunch iTunes application in either Mac OS X or Windows, or download the latest version directly from the official site at apple.com/itunes.
The release notes accompanying iTunes 12.1.2 for OS X are brief but mention improvements to functionality with syncing an iOS device to the new Photos app, which is included in the OS X 10.10.3 update.
“This update improves support for syncing photos to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, from the new Photos app of OS X. In addition, this update also adds several refinements to the Get Info window and improves overall stability.”
Not mentioned, but presumably iPhone and iPad users would want to update their iOS devices to iOS 8.3 and their Macs to OS X 10.10.3 for optimal compatibility with the new version of iTunes. Simply maintaining the most recent versions of software is a good way to avoid confusion and potential syncing errors that require troubleshooting down the road.
The refinements to the media Get Info window of iTunes 12.1.2 appear aimed at increasing usability, making it a bit more obvious what is editable and adjustable:
This contrasts with the Get Info panel in prior releases of iTunes 12, which mostly looked like an unchangeable panel of metadata about media files in the application.
Those hoping for a return of the iTunes sidebar will continue to use the Playlists screen to access a sidebar in this version of iTunes.