Linux tools support iOS 4.2.1

The new version 1.0.4 of libimobiledevice, a library for communicating with Apple’s mobile devices, now supports the recently released iOS 4.2.1 for Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch and iPad portables. Older versions of the library, including those contained in current distributions, fail to establish a functional SSL connection with the Apple devices running the latest version of iOS.ibimobiledevice provides mechanisms that allow Linux programs to communicate with iPhones, iPod Touchs and iPads via USB without the need to jailbreak the Apple device. A number of command line tools are based on the library, including programs for activating and backing up i* products. Applications such as Rhythmbox, Amarok and Gtkpod can synchronise data between PCs and Apple devices, and the Nautilus file manager is able to access the Apple file system’s user area.

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