All news on the web since 3 days ago has pointed to a possible release of iOS 4.2 for Apple’s iPhone/iPod and iPad this week, possibly today 8 Nov.
UPDATE as on 10 Nov : Now delayed to 12 Nov
iOS 4.2 will be a more significant upgrade for the iPad which is still running iOS 3.2 .
For iPad, iOS 4.2 brings Apple’s limited multi-tasking to it for the first time: users will be able to run applications in the background. Other existing iOS features that will be available for the iPad include the following:
* The ability to group apps into folders, up to 20, compared to 12 for iPhone.
* New universal mailbox, and the option to organize e-mails automatically in the inbox by thread, using the Mail app’s preference screen.
I am not too happy with Apple’s decision to change the iPad’s screen-orientation lock switch ( which is above the volume up/down button ) into a volume-mute switch.I still feel is not a correct move make by Apple for its iPad as it is a very convenient feature. With this change, I will now have to double-tap on the iPad’s “home” button and flick their screen to a hidden menu to lock and unlock their screen orientation – what a great inconvenience !!
iOS 4.2 release will also introduce several brand new features for all iOS devices.
- AirPrint, a wireless printing feature, that can send an iOS file to a compatible printer via Wi-Fi, without having to download and install specific drivers. Apple’s default applications, such as Safari, are being changed to include a “Print” selection to use AirPrint.
- AirPlay : “AirTunes” is now being expanded to also stream video and photos, not just music, over Wi-Fi. It will be available on all iOD devices.
Mike Keller of PC World has highlighted a feature which is not well publicized . He said “I’m referring to a little something called MIDI… The iPhone and iPad have already gained some attention as music creation tools (if only in novelty), but I believe serious musicians may now start to recognize iOS as a real studio tool.”
www. tipd.com has very good and comprehensive reviews of the new features of iOS 4.2 – I’d say is the best I have come across.
iOS 4.2 for iPAD
iOS 4.2 for iPHone