Apple's iOS 4.2 - Available Today

Apple's iOS 4.2 - Available Today

Summary: Apple has announced that iOS 4.2 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will be available today.

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Apple has announced that iOS 4.2 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will be available today.

Highlights:

  • Brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay and AirPrint
  • The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMe subscription
  • The ability to rent TV episodes directly to iPad
  • AirPlay is a new feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to Apple TV
  • Mail now features a Unified Inbox, fast inbox switching and a threaded message view

Obligatory Steve Jobs quote:

"iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season. 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."

I've not seen the update on iTunes yet ... let me know if you do!

OUT NOW!!!

Apple® today announced that iOS 4.2, the latest version of the world's most advanced mobile operating system, is available today for download for iPadTM, iPhone® and iPod touch®. iOS 4.2 brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint.

"iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "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 iPad's 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.

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.

AirPlay is a new feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to Apple TV®, transforming Apple TV into a great accessory for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. 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.

AirPrint is a next-generation Wi-Fi print architecture that dramatically simplifies 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 Safari®; 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.

The revolutionary iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. You can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, using the innovative Multi-TouchTM user interface. iPad weighs just 1.5 pounds, making it easy to carry and use anywhere.

Today, customers have downloaded more than seven billion apps from the groundbreaking App Store and more than 300,000 apps are available to consumers in 90 countries, with more than 40,000 native iPad apps. Over 125 million iOS users around the world can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.

Disclaimers from Apple: iOS 4.2 is compatible with iPad, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, second and third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) and new iPod touch. Some features may not be available on all products. For example, Multitasking requires iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) or later.

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • Updates Usually Don't Drop Until Noon EST....

    Or is it PST...I can't ever keep that straight...
    cyberslammer2
  • RE: Apple's iOS 4.2 - Available Today

    I believe it is PST, as Apple is located in California. ;)
    Rick_K
    • RE: Apple's iOS 4.2 - Available Today

      @Rick_K @cyberslammer2 .. yep, usually noon PST ...
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • RE: Apple's iOS 4.2 - Available Today

        @Adrian Kingsley-Hughes Just saw on Endgadget it's 10AM PST.....so maybe it's earlier this time to appease the masses?
        cyberslammer2
  • Been Running 4.2 GM for over two weeks....

    Multi Tasking - Awesome....they did a great job of making it work smoothly on only 256MB of RAM....can't wait to see how it goes with iPad 2.0!

    Folders...thank Zodd for 20 apps per folder!! Now I only have two pages of apps/folders instead of 5 like before!!

    Air Print - Printed to both my networked printers, works great! Only thing I wish Air Print would do is print from the iLife apps on the iPad, but hopefully they'll fix that in an update for the apps themselves.

    Unified inbox - YES!!!

    Game Center - not much of a gamer on iPad but it does show my Angry Birds game in it with my stats and everything...

    Air Play - I don't have an Apple TV, nor will I ever have one...so I really can't comment on this...

    I haven't seen an issue with my release with wireless, but it was on some...

    Orientation lock is now universal mute...you have to double tap the home button and then slide left to get to the iPod controls to get the orientation lock now...something I hope they fix in the future with assigning the side orientation lock to different tasks.

    All in all, iOS 4.2 FTW.

    Sorry Windows Phone 7....oh wait, I haven't heard squat about you since the release...failure imminent.
    cyberslammer2
  • Your use of text gray tones is a serious problem

    You might want to consider those of us who are visually impaired when you use halftone formatting to make your text look inelegant. For people like me, it just causes the text to disappear. For that reason, I did not enjoy this article as much as I might have.
    Cresence
    • RE: Apple's iOS 4.2 - Available Today

      @Cresence I agree, but honestly, you didn't miss much if anything on this one. Still, below is the text:

      Obligatory Steve Jobs quote:

      ?iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season. 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.?

      I?ve not seen the update on iTunes yet ? let me know if you do!

      Apple? today announced that iOS 4.2, the latest version of the world?s most advanced mobile operating system, is available today for download for iPadTM, iPhone? and iPod touch?. iOS 4.2 brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay? and AirPrint.

      ?iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,? said Steve Jobs, Apple?s CEO. ?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 iPad?s 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.

      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.

      AirPlay is a new feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to Apple TV?, transforming Apple TV into a great accessory for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. 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.

      AirPrint is a next-generation Wi-Fi print architecture that dramatically simplifies 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 Safari?; 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.

      The revolutionary iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. You can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, using the innovative Multi-TouchTM user interface. iPad weighs just 1.5 pounds, making it easy to carry and use anywhere.

      Today, customers have downloaded more than seven billion apps from the groundbreaking App Store and more than 300,000 apps are available to consumers in 90 countries, with more than 40,000 native iPad apps. Over 125 million iOS users around the world can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.

      Disclaimers from Apple: iOS 4.2 is compatible with iPad, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, second and third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) and new iPod touch. Some features may not be available on all products. For example, Multitasking requires iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) or later.
      SleepingCat
  • RE: Apple's iOS 4.2 - Available Today

    While the iPad is a really nice piece of technology and has its uses as long as you take into consideration it is extremely overpriced, severly lacking without Flash support, and choked by its reliance on iTunes. The number of available and useful applications is so inflated. How many versions of a Twitter application do we need? I'm comparing and testing an Android tablet.
    tstaten@...
    • RE: Apple's iOS 4.2 - Available Today

      @tstaten@... I'd rather have my device have reliance on a service that tests its apps and gives me them free of garbageware than have them freely open and at risk.

      I have a PC/laptop for that.
      cyberslammer2
      • RE: Apple's iOS 4.2 - Available Today

        @cyberslammer2 Yep! I'm starting to get peeved that I can't get rid of some apps "thoughtfully" installed on my Android phone. I've had the phone for 6 months now, and while I like it overall, the Telco's have stuffed it up, with their garbage!
        I am Gorby
    • RE: Apple's iOS 4.2 - Available Today

      @tstaten@... No, it's only $499 so it's cheap, or do you live in a country with bad exchange rates? $499 is the lowest price you can find with this many features and quality.
      -
      Yeah, Flash is dead, get over it. Why would you want something that kills your battery? It makes no sense.
      -
      Yes, the iPad has by far the most Apps, so you got one right. Android isn't what you want, why would you want to be locked into "low quality"?
      Pederson
      • RE: Apple's iOS 4.2 - Available Today

        @Pederson - problems:

        1. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/perlow/web-video-showdown-flash-vs-quicktime-vs-windows-media/13176

        2. H.264 uses much more CPU time than MPEG2. If battery life is such a thing, why not use MPEG2? (I know why MPEG2 should not be used. That's not relevant right now.)

        3. HTML5 is no panacea for Flash or Silverlight. Most of us that actually develop already know that, and we're aware of the 'cons' to both tools as well. So Flash and Silverlight are not dead, unless Adobe and Microsoft respectively kill their own tools. Which is not likely. They might interface with HTML5 once the language becomes complete, but I wouldn't rely on something still unfinalized and in development...

        4. Nor is HTML5 a gold standard yet. And by the time it is, MS and Apple and the rest will tweak it for their sole benefit anyway. Business as usual. But HTML5 is being promoted despite being virtual vaporware (not being finalized). Kool-aid.

        5. "low quality" also talks about hardware quality and some quick research reveals Apple is no stranger to that department. Never mind the occasional app that hangs or crashes on the iPhone (including Angry Birds, which is grossly overrated as a game; "Crush the Castle" is more fun and is the same exact trope. But I digress.)
        HypnoToad72
    • RE: Apple's iOS 4.2 - Available Today

      @tstaten<br><br>Troll much?<br>"extremely overpriced" Um, what?!? Not according to EVERY technologically competent review ever written. And not based on the price of similarly speced competitors, which cost MORE!<br><br>"severly lacking without Flash support"<br>Bull. The vast majority of flash content on the web is one of ONLY two things. Ads, and youtube.<br>Ads, who caress<br>YouTube, there's an app for that.<br><br>" choked by its reliance on iTunes"<br>Says you. Not the free market apparently. And would you care to explain how iTunes chokes it relative to any other strategy.<br><br>" The number of available and useful applications is so inflated. "<br><br>As opposed to all those useful Android and WinCE apps.<br><br>Hell the App store is why they are called apps in the FIRST place. No one other than Apple calls their executable files "applications."
      DeusXMachina
      • RE: Apple's iOS 4.2 - Available Today

        @DeusXMachina Don't forget that Youtube is moving its vids to HTML5 format anyway. Which are viewable on iPad.
        cyberslammer2
    • RE: Apple's iOS 4.2 - Available Today

      @tstaten@... Analysts say that by the end of the year, Apple will have sold more than ten million iPads. It looks like you're the only one who has figured out that it's extremely overpriced. Aren't you glad that you're so much smarter than the millions of people who bought one?
      Robert Hahn
      • RE: Apple's iOS 4.2 - Available Today

        @Robert Hahn

        :) There is one hole in your otherwise fine argument - the many, many people who didn't figure out that Windows was bad!!!

        Unfortunately most people can get it wrong.

        What it does illustrate is that PCs sell because PCs sell. Whilst there is a belief that they must be right because everyone else is buying them they survive, Once Apple appears to be a strong player then the market may indeed shift.

        Apple is now perceived to be the bigger and stronger player for the first time.
        richardw66
    • RE: Apple's iOS 4.2 - Available Today

      @tstaten@... It's not overpriced when you consider the Samsung Flash is dearer, and smaller. I'd still go with the iPad's secure & tested apps.
      wjpepperell@...
    • RE: Apple's iOS 4.2 - Available Today

      @tstaten@... <br><br>By That logic Android will be useless once more than one Twitter App exists for it!!!<br><br>Get over yourself!!!<br><br>Compare and test all you like - but you are not here to make comparisons, you are here to spin for Android.<br><br>Have fun with that!

      Should I mention that my iPad is great, the battery life is incredible (Unlike an iPhone) and the biggest issue I have found is the Google Maps data is wrong!!!

      I have been running iOS 4.2 for a few weeks now and it is fine.

      The AirPrint got enabled in iLife Apps in an update that was released this morning.

      I have been trying Game Center for about a week now.

      The iPad is way more practical than a laptop especially when travelling, I can use Google maps to navigate when in the car - not turn by turn, but still useful.

      I too wish to try an Android device as I need to evaluate the possibility of developing for them. I have tried the simulator and that seemed so clunky that I have to try a real device because I can't believe the interface could be as bad in real life as it seems on a simulator.
      richardw66
  • By all means check out Android

    @tstaten But if you're going to knock iPad for it's lack of Flash, you <b>really</b> have to knock Android for it's profound lack of supported updates. Not to mention the fact that all Android tablets for the forseeable future will be shipping with an OS that Google itself says <i>isn't</i> a tablet OS. Combine those two issues and you're likely buying a dead-end device.
    matthew_maurice
  • hopefully it will solve the lag

    in the phone, it's not very well responsive like the first time i got the phone and before any updates were installed.
    bApTizE