iLounge reports that users are informed that they no longer need iTunes to sync their Nike+ workout data and can now send it directly using the â€œSend Workouts to Nike+â€ feature in the iOS deviceâ€™s Nike + iPod settings on the iPhone.
Apple has removed theÂ Nike + iPodÂ synchronizationÂ tab for iOS 5 devices in iTunes 10.5.
With the release of iOS 5, Apple appears ready to end iTunesâ€™ use as a middleman between iOS devices and nikeplus.com. According to an anonymous source, iOS 5 beta 6 devices with Nike+ data now prompt an iTunes dialog box stating that workout data can now be sent using the â€œSend Workouts to Nike+â€ feature in the iOS deviceâ€™s Nike + iPod settings, and iTunes 10.5 no longer displays a Nike + iPod synchronization tab for iOS 5 devices.
iLounge points out that the ability to sync Nike+ workout data wirelessly to nikeplus.com was first introduced in iOS 4.1, but users still had the ability to sync the data the older way, which was via iTunes. Apple has removed this older option in iOS 5 beta 6.
So not a major change, but a step in the right direction by Apple to enforce iOS device users to use more convenient PC Free features with iOS 5.