Japanese blog Macotakara reports that according to a reliable source, Apple may release iTunes 10.5 and OS X 10.7.2 to support iOS 5 and iCloud ahead of the October 12th launch.
Lion and iTunes update will come before iOS 5. According to a reliable source, “OS X Lion Updater 10.7.2” supporting iCloud and “iTunes 10.5” supporting iOS 5 will be released before October 12, when iOS 5 released.
iTunes 10.5 will come with the iTunes Match feature built in for users in the US. iTunes Match is a new service that Apple had unveiled along with iOS 5 and iCloud at the WWDC 2011 Keynote address in June. It allows users to store their entire music collection (up to 25,000 songs), including songs that they’ve ripped from CDs or purchased from anywhere else in iCloud.
It makes sense to release iTunes 10.5 and OS X 10.7.2 earlier so that Apple engineers can focus on the iOS 5 and iCloud launch on October 12th
14th, which is probably one of the biggest software launches in Apple’s history.