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Apple on Monday released iOS 4.2 for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, bringing multitasking, folders and other iOS 4 features to the iPad for the first time [updated].

While Apple announced the software's release early Monday, it finally arrived around 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern. The update is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users through iTunes.

"iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said. "Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit."

iPad users can now run their favorite apps and switch between them instantly, while preserving iPads legendary battery life. Users can organize their apps with drag-and-drop simplicity using Folders, and Mail now features a Unified Inbox, fast inbox switching and a threaded message view.

iOS 4.2 will also bring Game Center to the iPad. Game Center allows iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to challenge and play friends or be matched automatically with new opponents, showcase their scores and achievements, and discover new games their friends are playing.

Another new addition is AirPlay for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to Apple TV. iOS users also will be able to use AirPort Express and AirPlay to stream wirelessly to any stereo or powered speakers, or directly to AirPlay-enabled speakers coming to market in the months ahead.

The Apple TV received a software update on Monday to enable AirPlay functionality with mobile iOS devices. The direct update can be applied over Ethernet or Wi-Fi through the set top box.

iOS 4.2 also brings AirPrint, a next-generation Wi-Fi print architecture that aims to simplify printing by completely eliminating printer drivers. A selection of AirPrint enabled printers including the HP Photosmart, HP LaserJet Pro and HP Officejet will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to any printer that supports AirPrint.

The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMe subscription and helps you locate your missing device. The Find My iPhone app is a free download on the App Store and lets users easily locate a missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. Users can even remotely lock or wipe data from a lost device to protect privacy.

Other new features that iOS 4.2 brings to the iPad include: the ability to rent TV episodes directly to iPad using the iTunes App with a 30 day viewing window and a 48 hour session window once playback is started; the ability to easily find and highlight specific words and phrases on web pages in SafariĀ®; enhanced enterprise support so businesses can take advantage of stronger security features, new device management capabilities and improved enterprise integration; industry-leading accessibility enhancements; and support for 25 additional languages, including Korean, Portuguese and Traditional Chinese.

For more, see AppleInsider's extensive coverage of iOS 4.2:

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Trying to update my ipad in HK right now but itunes still says 3.2.2 is the latest version

http://www.apple.com/ios/ 4.2
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Still 4.1 for iPhone and 3.2.2 for iPad
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...because running 4.2.1 gold master causes my iPad to lose 100% power overnight with nothing running.
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Well this is good news. But I wonder when I'll be able to install this new update on my particular iOS tablet or if the manufacturer of my iOS tablet will even ever support this new OS release...

Oh wait, silly me, that worry would only apply if this was Android...
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I still have an iPhone 3G and really hope this update improves the performance. It's a bit irritating to use it right now

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So 4.2 or 4.2.1 with the iPad wi-fi fix? Also, cue the people who say that 4.2 did this and that to their iThingie and it now sucks.
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Find My iPhone is now free? What the heck am still I paying that $100 to MobileMe for? Apple might as well make the whole service free, as Find My iPhone is the only MobileMe feature really worth paying for.
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Trying to update my ipad in HK right now but itunes still says 3.2.2 is the latest version

http://www.apple.com/ios/ 4.2

Hey simtub, do you think that now that iOS 4.2 is out, those fools in Mongkok, Wanchai, Golden Centre and Windsor House will finally get a clue and start selling some grey market imports of the Apple TV? I'm getting really tired of waiting.
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"The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMe subscription and helps you locate your missing device."

Any easy (ie. low server demand) way to test the North Carolina facility?
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Well this is good news. But I wonder when I'll be able to install this new update on my particular iOS tablet or if the manufacturer of my iOS tablet will even ever support this new OS release...

Oh wait, silly me, that worry would only apply if this was Android...

+1

Those fools...

Oh, and the jailbreakers too. No iOS 4.2 for you... you've been a baaaad boy.
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Where is Hell is 4.2?

My itunes still say OS 4.1 only.
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+1

Those fools...

Oh, and the jailbreakers too. No iOS 4.2 for you... you've been a baaaad boy.

Apparently 4.2.1 is announced by Dev Team etc to be jailbreakable. We just have to wait for official 4.2 to come out then give the team several days to refine their jailbreak tools. Absolutely needed for me for full display mirroring.
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I still have an iPhone 3G and really hope this update improves the performance. It's a bit irritating to use it right now

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Welcome!

(Heard somewhere that 3G performance is one beneficiary.)
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I still have an iPhone 3G and really hope this update improves the performance. It's a bit irritating to use it right now

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Welcome, Pamsterr.

I'm on a 3G as well, but the last update worked well for me. I'm curious to see how 4.2 will perform, but if this YouTube is any indication, we should be relatively satisfied:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dyt97kowyTA
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Welcome!

(Heard somewhere that 3G performance is one beneficiary.)


thank you good. I wanted a white iPhone 4 but since it's been postponed, I might as well wait for the next iPhone release in summer.
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So 4.2 or 4.2.1 with the iPad wi-fi fix? Also, queue the people who say that 4.2 did this and that to their iThingie and it now sucks.

That's "cue"
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Welcome, Pamsterr.

I'm on a 3G as well, but the last update worked well for me. I'm curious to see how 4.2 will perform, but if this YouTube is any indication, we should be relatively satisfied:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dyt97kowyTA

awesome! looks promising
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Where is Hell is 4.2?

My itunes still say OS 4.1 only.

It is scheduled for release at 10:00am Pacific time. That's how it's been every time so far.
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Why do freeze-dried apps show up in the multitasking list? It doesn't make sense, and they get in the way.
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Where are my LIVE WIDGETS??? I'm sick and tired of looking at those glossy icons!!!! They don't show me anything useful.

I still can't view important calendar entries on the lock screen! A MUST ON ANY SMART PHONE!!! How bout a calendar widget?

E-mails are not supported on the lock screen as are calls or txts. Why?

Time should be visible on standby mode, aka like in the Nokia N8.


The iPhone is great, but it has some serious shortcomings that sometimes makes me want to throw it out the window. SOMEBODY WITH SOME SERIOUS PULL AT APPLE BETTER TELL JOBS THAT HIS IPHONE IS STILL LACKING!!!
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Why do freeze-dried apps show up in the multitasking list? It doesn't make sense, and they get in the way.

Because it's not a multitasking list, it's a recently used applications list. Also, the idea is that, other than a small difference in launch time, users shouldn't have to pay attention to or even be aware of the difference between applications running in the RAM and applications with their states saved. It's no accident that there is no visual indication of which apps are running in RAM anywhere in the OS.
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This is great news. Finally a unified OS for all iOS devices.

I see iOS 6.0 as the unifying OS for iOS and OSX. Lion is the last release of OSX as you cannot top a Lion in the cat world. There's a few more categories of iOS devices to join before that happens though.

ARM has to release their next generation chip designs to manufacturers too (i.e. 64-bit niceness and the next generation of multicore).
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Other new features that iOS 4.2 brings to the iPad include:the ability to easily find and highlight specific words and phrases on web pages in SafariĀ®;


iOS just keeps getting better and better. I'll bet that Apple's approach is as revolutionary as what they did with cut and paste!
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Apparently 4.2.1 is announced by Dev Team etc to be jailbreakable. We just have to wait for official 4.2 to come out then give the team several days to refine their jailbreak tools. Absolutely needed for me for full display mirroring.



Jailbreakers are pirates.
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Hey simtub, do you think that now that iOS 4.2 is out, those fools in Mongkok, Wanchai, Golden Centre and Windsor House will finally get a clue and start selling some grey market imports of the Apple TV? I'm getting really tired of waiting.

Actually yea, is Apple TV coming out in HK anytime soon? maybe those grey marketeers can't justify making any profit jacking up 99usd price.
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Jailbreakers are pirates.

I'm against jailbreaking, myself, but I disagree with this statement. While it may be true that the majority of jailbreakers do pirate apps and/or services, I do not consider the act of jailbreaking itself to be piracy of any sort. For instance, if I needed, as nvidia2008 does, to mirror my iPad display, I would probably choose to jailbreak, if that feature (that should be included in the OS) were important enough to me.
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Actually yea, is Apple TV coming out in HK anytime soon? maybe those grey marketeers can't justify making any profit jacking up 99usd price.

Well, you can buy them online for HK$1300. That's just a little to greedy for my tastes (even though that's less than what the Brits and most other non-Americans pay through official channels). The thing is, if it's ever released here officially, it'll be HK$780.
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Jailbreakers are pirates.

Incorrect, jailbreakers 'enable' pirates.
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Because it's not a multitasking list, it's a recently used applications list. Also, the idea is that, other than a small difference in launch time, users shouldn't have to pay attention to or even be aware of the difference between applications running in the RAM and applications with their states saved. It's no accident that there is no visual indication of which apps are running in RAM anywhere in the OS.

I understand all this, but I'm with ascii, this is a bad design for what it is IMO.

The purpose of the double-click is to expose an "app switcher." As long as most apps don't support multi-tasking (and the vast majority don't even though the functionality has been available to developers for ages), then an app that is completely stopped shouldn't really show up in that list. The operator uses the list to find a recently running application to "switch" to. If the app has to be started all over again like many do, then there is no reason for it to show up in that lis. It's also annoying to go to the list and have it be forty or fifty applications long, when in fact only the first couple can really be "switched to."

I'd like to see it display either only running apps, or failing that, only apps that can be resuscitated when switched to. I have several apps from big name companies that have never been updated to be multi-tasking aware and likely won't ever be at this stage.
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Incorrect, jailbreakers 'enable' pirates.

Well if you want to split hairs, this is inaccurate also.

It's not like there are two different communities, one of thieves/pirates and one of jailbreakers and that the thieving types all just go to a jailbreaker to get access. If you jailbreak your phone, you are a jailbreaker, and five minutes later when you download the stolen apps, you are a thief/pirate. These are mostly the same person in all cases.
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+1

Those fools...

Oh, and the jailbreakers too. No iOS 4.2 for you... you've been a baaaad boy.

those FOOLS!

such a silly stupid comment
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Jailbreakers are pirates.

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The purpose of the double-click is to expose an "app switcher." As long as most apps don't support multi-tasking (and the vast majority don't even though the functionality has been available to developers for ages), then an app that is completely stopped shouldn't really show up in that list.


I'm no expert on this, however, it was my understanding that only music apps, gps or IM type apps need multitasking yet the others are in a suspended mode where they relaunch exactly as you left off instead of the default start up screen. They aren't multitasking but benefit from the suspended state nevertheless.

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So what kind of new fandangled features can I expect on my iPhone 4?? Seems like this update mostly concerns the iPad.
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those FOOLS!

such a silly stupid comment

It would seem silly and foolish from someone who thinks Android fragmentation is not a problem.
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Originally Posted by Zweben View Post

Because it's not a multitasking list, it's a recently used applications list. Also, the idea is that, other than a small difference in launch time, users shouldn't have to pay attention to or even be aware of the difference between applications running in the RAM and applications with their states saved. It's no accident that there is no visual indication of which apps are running in RAM anywhere in the OS.

I agree there should be no distinction between freeze dried and freshly launched apps. That is why I didn't want them on (what I thought was) the multitasking list. But if that is not the multitasking list, shouldn't there be one? I mean, the fact that apps are doing something in the background *is* something you want to expose to the user.

It would have been nice if first time OS4 booted up it took you through the differences from OS3.
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I agree there should be no distinction between freeze dried and freshly launched apps. That is why I didn't want them on (what I thought was) the multitasking list. But if that is not the multitasking list, shouldn't there be one? I mean, the fact that apps are doing something in the background *is* something you want to expose to the user. ...

No, it's not really something that needs to be exposed to the user. As pointed out, the whole point is that the user doesn't need to be aware of what's going on in "the background". It would be way more confusing to most users if some apps showed up in this list and others didn't.
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Jailbreakers are pirates.

Not all of us are pirates. Grow up.
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