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Wednesday, March 02, 2011, 01:55 pm PT (04:55 pm ET)

Apple releases iTunes 10.2 for compatibility with iOS 4.3 devices

Apple on Wednesday issued iTunes 10.2, bringing the ability to sync with devices running iOS 4.3 ahead of the operating system update's release, and also adding new Home Sharing features for iOS 4.3.

iTunes 10.2 is now available for Mac OS X (75.61MB), Windows 32-bit (76.72MB) or Windows 64-bit (77.61MB). With it, users will be able to sync their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 4.3 when it is released next Friday.

The update to the media suite also offers improved Home Sharing, allowing users to browse and play from their iTunes library with any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 4.3

Apple on Wednesday highlighted some of the features of iOS 4.3 before its release, including the improved Home Sharing, which will allow users to access all of their remotely stored iTunes content directly over Wi-Fi.

In addition to new features, iTunes 10.2 also includes a number of security fixes related to ImageIO, libxml and WebKit. The security fixes for iTunes 10.2 apply to machines running Windows 7, Vista, and XP Service Pack 2 or later.

The last update for iTunes was version 10.1.2, released in late January. It included support for the CDMA-based Verizon iPhone 4.