Apple iOS 4.2 due to be released by 8 Nov

Posted on November 8, 2010

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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
http://www.tipb.com/2010/11/07/ios-42-ipad-walkthrough-2/

iOS 4.2 for iPHone
http://www.tipb.com/2010/11/07/ios-42-iphone-ipod-touch-walkthrough/

With this release, many users will abe asking ” Is there any Jailbreak solution for iOS 4.2 ? “

YES !! – The newly released Redsn0w 0.9.6 has been confirmed to jailbreak iOS 4.2 GM on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPod touch 4G / 3G / 2G and iPad

Solution is here  : http://www.coveringweb.com/2010/11/jailbreak-ios-42-gm-on-iphone-4-ipod.html

CYDIA the unofficial store for Jailbreak apps will have a new layout . The new version of Cydia will be available in the following week  when the iOS 4.2 Jailbreak becomes available

Source : http://pocketnow.com/iphone/new-cydia-layout-coming-to-ios-42

The new version will have a more App Store like layout on the iPhone and iPod by not having pop out windows to select various settings. The iPad will see the most dramatic change by displaying a unique iPad layout which supports a landscape view. The current iPad layout is similar to the iPhone and iPod Cydia.

Other Links :

http://pocketnow.com/iphone/ios-42-coming-november-7th-according-to-apple-support

http://www.pcworld.com/article/209525/the_coolest_new_feature_in_ios_42_that_no_ones_talking_about.html

http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobilize/good-news-enterprise-ipads-apple-readies-ios-42-043

http://www.businessinsider.com/ipad-owners-furious-that-apple-is-turning-the-screen-lock-switch-into-a-mute-button-2010-11

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/09/15/first_look_apples_ios_4_2_for_ipad_and_iphone.html

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/11/02/first_look_apples_ios_4_2_golden_master_with_airplay_airprint_bugs.html