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Apple has released iOS 4.2 build 8C134 for both iPad and iPhone and iPod touch devices, indicating the company is close to public release of the new operating system, originally slated for delivery this month.

Apple's chief executive Steve Jobs demonstrated iOS 4.2 at the company's iPod event early in September, showing off new features such as AirPlay wireless streaming of audio, video and photos to the new Apple TV or other AirPlay-compliant devices, an expansion of the company's existing, audio-only AirTunes feature.

Jobs also introduced the company's entirely new AirPrint wireless printing architecture, designed to enable users to create hard copies of web pages, emails and photos managed through a new Print Center app.



New features given and taken away

The new update will also finally bring multitasking features and iOS Folders to the iPad, along with a variety of other features currently only available on the iPhone and iPod touch, such as support for multiple email aliases, a unified inbox, and messages organized by threads in Mail, and the ability to open attachments in third party apps.

New multitasking features will also incorporate the software orientation lock and music playback controls available on the iPhone running iOS 4, which are accessed via swiping to the left from the list of currently running apps. The iPad also presents a brightness control in this section (as depicted below).



The iPad will also lose its hardware toggle assigned to locking the screen orientation; the button will instead work to mute audio, just like the iPhone. This move has generated some controversy because Apple not only refuses to offer customers a choice of how their hardware buttons work, but has also duplicated mute functionality, as the audio down button already works as to rapidly mute audio playback.

New features for gamers and enterprise users

iOS 4.2 will also bring Game Center to the iPad, allowing players to invite friends or find new opponents online to play against, as well as track their own achievements and high scores.

Apple has also outlined enhanced enterprise support features in iOS 4.2, including new device management capabilities, the ability to lock down email account settings, and stronger security enhancements.

New language and accessibility

The update also brings support for more than 30 new languages in keyboards and dictionaries, including Arabic, Greek and Hebrew.

It also strengthens accessibility features including support for navigating VoiceOver using a wireless keyboard and a wide range of refreshable braille output displays in more than 25 languages. On the iPad, larger text options up to 56 point fonts can also be specified for use in Contacts, Mail, Messages and Notes.

Previously reported iOS 4.2 features

A general overview of major iOS 4.2 features was profiled in a First Look report following Apple's initial demonstration.

AppleInsider also noted in a report filed in September that iOS 4.2 also incorporates support for Google's revised YouTube voting, a direct link to launching a FaceTime video call from within the SMS messages interface, and new CoreMIDI music APIs for music-related apps.

A report on the third beta release of the iOS 4.2 software outed new support for SMS ringtones.
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Can't wait until public release.
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I'm really hoping for an iPad update in a couple of weeks with more memory to run 4.2. Yeah I know the big rev is next year but an A4 from iPhone 4 ought to do us nicely. The only concern really is that multitasking will impact performance as it pressures RAM.

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I'm really hoping for an iPad update in a couple of weeks with more memory to run 4.2. Yeah I know the big rev is next year but an A4 from iPhone 4 ought to do us nicely. The only concern really is that multitasking will impact performance as it pressures RAM.

Dave

While I agree more RAM would be nice as it would allow more pages cached in Safari and more programs opened at once when multitasking, I don't believe there will be any performance issues. Apple has been working on this update since really at least February. All recent reports have lauded its speed and smoothness, even noting an improvement in memory usage for default applications such as Safari. I'm really looking forward to this update.
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Actually I can live without a few more features if Apple could just make my proximity sensor work right. I am now on my fourth iPhone 4 (second one since the latest iOS release) and although it is better, it is still extremely frustrating to hang up on people in the middle of business calls.

The only way I get decent performance is to physically lay the phone against the side of my head and get as much surface contact as possible. The seems to help.

Is anyone else still having challenges with the prox sensor or is it just me?
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Actually I can live without a few more features if Apple could just make my proximity sensor work right. I am now on my fourth iPhone 4 (second one since the latest iOS release) and although it is better, it is still extremely frustrating to hang up on people in the middle of business calls.

The only way I get decent performance is to physically lay the phone against the side of my head and get as much surface contact as possible. The seems to help.

Is anyone else still having challenges with the prox sensor or is it just me?

same here buddy... i love my iPhone 4 but i'm still having proximity sensor issue most of the time when i'm on call... i hope if there is some hidden fix inside 4.2 update...

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An area for serious improvement is the keyboard layout. There is room for common characters such as hyphens, apostrophes, parentheses, and many symbols above and around the keyboard space. It dramatically slows down input to have to toggle between keyboards. Even a thinner 'row' above the QWERTY would be immensely helpful. For those that wanted to minimize keyboard space, they could have an option to turn off the extra row.

Speaking of room for more stuff, the menu bar has room for calendar date, other system stats, or whatever else a user should be able to optionally view.

I also hope that button on the side remains a screen orientation lock.

Mail should be able to read text clippings.

Looking forward to the multitasking!
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Except for the switch.

Make the switch function switchable. It's incredibly useful as an orientation lock. Forced to do so through the UI will be maddening and waste time. We can choose the home button behavior, why not this?

Did you learn nothing from the 4 button iPod?
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Except for the switch.

Make the switch function switchable. It's incredibly useful as an orientation lock. Forced to do so through the UI will be maddening and waste time. We can choose the home button behavior, why not this?

I agree, I love the current orientation switch.

Overall I have to say I'm a bit disappointed this update took so long to get to the iPad. I've been hearing about iOS4 for months now and I can't run it yet on my new device. Seems silly.
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Bring on the software orientation lock. With a few cases out there, the button is hard to use. The Belkin Grip Vue, is one of those cases, (awesome case).

I like the continuity it'll bring to the table. On the iPhone, it's not that much more effort to lock the screen.

My only gripe... WHY did it take THIS long to bring folders and multitasking to the iPad? Would it have been that hard to get iOS 4.1 on there? Sheesh.

November? No excuse for that. No 'official' release date yet? C'mon.
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I have a ipod touch 2G and updated to 4.1 when I had to do a restore. I really wish I could go back to 3.1.3 because the battery life is terrible with 4.1.
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That mute switch is going to be a pain in the ass. FU Steve.
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Mobile Me for free, announcement soon?

Mobile Me login now with Apple ID? With "Create Free Apple ID" button on Mobile Me Settings page. That Data Centre is making sense now. Please tell me my long, long wish is finally coming true?
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That mute switch is going to be a pain in the ass. FU Steve.

I agree with your point about the mute switch, but not the way you chose to express yourself. Was that really necessary?

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I agree with your point about the mute switch, but not the way you chose to express yourself. Was that really necessary?

Very.
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That mute switch is going to be a pain in the ass. FU Steve.

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I agree with your point about the mute switch, but not the way you chose to express yourself. Was that really necessary?

Ignore him.

He lost his credibility a while ago, with his childish spite and regular vitriol.
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Ignore him.

He lost his credibility a while ago, with his childish spite and regular vitriol.

Good one. Jobs won't give us an option, the very idea of not having it as rotatation doesn't make sense. You think I care whether you think I have cred or not. I couldn't care less what you think. I'm pissed off about this for very good reason, and I know how touchy some of you get about El Jobso.

Cred? Give me break while I go get a bucket. You don't have a clue.
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Actually I can live without a few more features if Apple could just make my proximity sensor work right. I am now on my fourth iPhone 4 (second one since the latest iOS release) and although it is better, it is still extremely frustrating to hang up on people in the middle of business calls.

The only way I get decent performance is to physically lay the phone against the side of my head and get as much surface contact as possible. The seems to help.

Is anyone else still having challenges with the prox sensor or is it just me?

I have found the sweet spot of holding the phone. Its hard to explain but I hold the top back corner of the phone next to my ear--rather than the middle back of the phone (where the speaker is). The sound is fine and it seems to work wonders with the proximity sensor. Additionaly, I hold the front (mic) a few inches away from my mouth. If the proximity sensor still acts up, I can see the screen light up but the phone is too far away from my face to accidentally activate any buttons.

I'm sure the trolls will have a field day with me--saying I am brainwashed by Uncle Steve and his cult--but a few small sacrifices for a phone as good as the iPhone 4 are no big deal to me.
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Good one. Jobs won't give us an option, the very idea of not having it as rotatation doesn't make sense. You think I care whether you think I have cred or not. I couldn't care less what you think. I'm pissed off about this for very good reason, and I know how touchy some of you get about El Jobso.

Cred? Give me break while I go get a bucket. You don't have a clue.

No, you get a clue. Learn about substance versus style. Content versus form.

People might actually pay attention to the substative content if you could learn to take a deep breath or two before you make a speech.

But you're probably past caring at this point, and that's fine too. It's just a tad tiresome and somewhat sad, that's all.
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I'm really hoping for an iPad update in a couple of weeks with more memory to run 4.2. Yeah I know the big rev is next year but an A4 from iPhone 4 ought to do us nicely. The only concern really is that multitasking will impact performance as it pressures RAM.

Dave

I've been running the 4.2 betas on my iPad. It handles multitasking pretty well, with very little slowdown. The only bad cases I've encountered have been where either the frontmost app wasn't well optimized to begin with or there were more than five relatively powerful apps open in the background.
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Except for the switch.

Make the switch function switchable. It's incredibly useful as an orientation lock. Forced to do so through the UI will be maddening and waste time. We can choose the home button behavior, why not this?iPod?

This is a disappointment to me as well. I dont mind the change, but I would have expected them to add a SW toggle switch to change how the HW toggle switch works.

Im still waiting for Safari for Mac to give me the option for tabs-on-top. In Apples defense, that was at least a beta release.
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I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss Ireland about the toggle switch. Most of the people I hear or read from that use an iPad enjoy the switch to force an orientation; I know it's a feature I couldn't go without. My iPad seems to be a wonky with the accelerometer and switches orientations when I don't want it to, so the switch is an easy must have. At least Apple moved the toggle with the Brightness part of the multitasking bar.

After all that rant, this change doesn't matter to me much anyway as I'm waiting on the Jailbreak to 4.2 to be released. I came from a Motion tablet so I needed features (multitasking, file system transfers, mouse) that weren't available with the stock iPad, but I needed the longer battery life and ability to not use a pen for ALL input; jailbreak was my only option as dishing out another $2k for a Motion tablet with touch seemed rediculus. The only thing I miss is printing over an AD and OneNote. I have a developers license so maybe I'll try 4.2 out and let you guys know how well it works.

FYI: Full blown multitasking works great on a Jailbroken iPad with little memory problems so the designated multitasking Apple requires for apps that want to run in the background should work like a charm.
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Works great on both the iPad and iPhone - Haven't installed it on the iPod Touch yet. I figured with only 256 MB of ram, multitasking would make the iPad a stuttering mess... glad I was wrong.

Seems as though the new Macbook Airs and the iPad defy specs. I'm still in awe over my Macbook Air.

"We love flash" ... I can now see why, Steve.
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I have about 1/2 hour left on my dload.

I have been using 4.2 betas on all acceptable iDevices since it was released about 8-9 weeks ago -- no major problems.

Multi-task / fast app switch makes the iPad come alive, in a whole new way -- ninguno performance issues.

The orientation/mute switch is a non-issue -- with a case (the Apple case) it is easier/faster to switch with software than hardware.

I can see why (for future purposes) Apple wants to standardize the use of the physical buttons/switches on iDevices.

If the switch is the best knockoff that users can find -- than Apple will likely lose 2-300 sales out of 45 million next year.

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Works great on both the iPad and iPhone - Haven't installed it on the iPod Touch yet. I figured with only 256 MB of ram, multitasking would make the iPad a stuttering mess... glad I was wrong.

Seems as though the new Macbook Airs and the iPad defy specs. I'm still in awe over my Macbook Air.

"We love flash" ... I can now see why, Steve.


Tried Video AirPlay?

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Tried Video AirPlay?

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Until they push out the AppleTV update, I don't think it will work.
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Until they push out the AppleTV update, I don't think it will work.

I think you're right -- just tried from my iPad:

-- icon is different
-- shows ATV speaker, not Speaker & Screen
-- speaker doesn't work either

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Good one. Jobs won't give us an option, the very idea of not having it as rotatation doesn't make sense. You think I care whether you think I have cred or not. I couldn't care less what you think. I'm pissed off about this for very good reason, and I know how touchy some of you get about El Jobso.

Cred? Give me break while I go get a bucket. You don't have a clue.

It's just not the issue you make it out to be. I've been using 4.2 on the iPad for at least a month now, and I really don't miss using the physical switch. As a matter of fact, I think you can level a convincing argument that having the software switch, which is always available in the same location of the display, is somewhat easier to use than trying to feel along the edges of the device for a button that is in a different position based on device orientation.

Try it before you go off.
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I think you're right -- just tried from my iPad:

-- icon is different
-- shows ATV speaker, not Speaker & Screen
-- speaker doesn't work either

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I expect AppleTV to receive the 4.2 update anytime now. Boy am I impatient.
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I agree, I love the current orientation switch.

Overall I have to say I'm a bit disappointed this update took so long to get to the iPad. I've been hearing about iOS4 for months now and I can't run it yet on my new device. Seems silly.

Be glad it's not an Android device... some of those came with an over-1-year old OS and no upgrade path to newer Android versions (see Dell Streak).

Also agreed about orientation switch. On a lark, I tried to live without it for a few days, and I can, but it's so frustrating.
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It's just not the issue you make it out to be. I've been using 4.2 on the iPad for at least a month now, and I really don't miss using the physical switch. As a matter of fact, I think you can level a convincing argument that having the software switch, which is always available in the same location of the display, is somewhat easier to use than trying to feel along the edges of the device for a button that is in a different position based on device orientation.

Try it before you go off.

Other than paying to be a beta dev, is there any easy way to upgrade and then downgrade back?
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It's just not the issue you make it out to be. I've been using 4.2 on the iPad for at least a month now, and I really don't miss using the physical switch. As a matter of fact, I think you can level a convincing argument that having the software switch, which is always available in the same location of the display, is somewhat easier to use than trying to feel along the edges of the device for a button that is in a different position based on device orientation.

Try it before you go off.

Good point. Depending on the orientation of my iPad I sometimes snag the rotation lock or increase/decrease the volume unintentionally by hitting the rocket switch.

I wouldn't be surprised to see both disappear on the next iPad. The software based orientation lock works fine on my iPhone. I don't really have a need for a physical button that can break.
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I expect AppleTV to receive the 4.2 update anytime now. Boy am I impatient.

Im glad to see that the iPad will soon be caught up to the rest of the iOS+CocoaTouch devices, but I wonder if the AppleTV will get that same treatment since the UI isnt CocoaTouch and psychologically its a very different device even though its basically an Pad without the I/O and iOS without CocoaTouch.

I wouldnt be surprised if they gave it a minor 4.1.1 update. Do even list the 4.1 restore IPSW on their dev site?
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Good point. Depending on the orientation of my iPad I sometimes snag the rotation lock or increase/decrease the volume unintentionally by hitting the rocket switch.

I wouldn't be surprised to see both disappear on the next iPad. The software based orientation lock works fine on my iPhone. I don't really have a need for a physical button that can break.

Agreed. To hear some say it, you'd think the rotation lock was going away entirely, or that Apple makes these changes just to spite them personally.
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Is there a reason we cannot take a photo from inside an email we are creating (like we can do in the SMS/MMS window). Seems like a no-brainer. Why do we need to go into the frikkin' photo album to attach a photo to an email?
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Does the iPad 4.2 firmware have support for danish on-screen keyboard?

The current iPad 3.x firmware does not support danish langiage or keyboard.

Thanks in advance.


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That mute switch is going to be a pain in the ass. FU Steve.

Nice mouth...

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While I agree more RAM would be nice as it would allow more pages cached in Safari and more programs opened at once when multitasking, I don't believe there will be any performance issues. Apple has been working on this update since really at least February. All recent reports have lauded its speed and smoothness, even noting an improvement in memory usage for default applications such as Safari. I'm really looking forward to this update.

I've heard some of these comments myself so I'm hopeful but i remember whar Apple did to iPhone 3G users an update or two ago. So frankly I don't trust them! The iOS team seems to have a different idea about software quality versus the OS/X team. They certainly haven't done their reputation any good.

Still I'm optimistic. I'm also wondering if they are building with the LLVM tool chain yet. CLANG is pretty much ready and they have made great strides with the rest of LLVM. I understand that know most of BSD can be built with CLANG. It actually excites me that we might have a high quality tool chain that isn't GPL'ed.

I'm actually trying to motivate myself to do an app or two on the side. It isn't all that easy to do when working full time. Actually this reminds me Apple has a lot of downloads coming in the next couple of weeks. Looks like I will be taking advantage of the local WiFi hot spots.
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Can anybody which have 4.2 on their iPad, please check if there is support for danish on-screen keyboard?

Thanks in advance
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