While we don't know just how many Mac users out there have a Windows Phone, for those brave enough (we salute you) there is some good news as Microsoft has published an update to the Connector app. To refresh, Connector allows Mac users to sync certain amounts of information and media to Windows Phone 7. While not a full Zune client, it's a step in the right direction for many who don't want to be tethered to Apple's ecosystem.
The latest version (0.6 beta) released on December 16th addresses some ongoing issues:
- Fixes playback for the AAC files synced from iTunes that wouldn't play
- Reverse sync MP3s bought from the WP7 phone
- Properly sync from remote iTunes installs
- Transfers bookmarks, ratings, release dates that were previously left out
Probably one of the biggest additions is the ability to support firmware updates via Connector, something which we believe all Windows Phone users will need in two months time. Finally, to round it out:
Direct device browsing has been given much more control and lets owners not only manually import individual items from the phone but delete them or preview them.
Other media forms also get improvements. Connector now better handles iPhoto '11 libraries and will organize iPhoto collections by event first and by album only if necessary. The video preparation process has been improved, Microsoft said. Remaining changes bring early support for updating a phone's firmware, faster overall syncing, a new device setup experience and a more graceful handling of when the phone needs to be unlocked with a PIN code.
Sounds like quite the update and not just some minor bug fixes. You can grab the new version right here.