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  • iOS 4.2 Packs Even More New Features for iPhone

    Thanks to 9to5Mac, we have a peek at some features that might have been overlook with all the excitement of iOS 4 coming to the iPad and we learn of some new features and enhancements buried inside for the iPhone.

    SMS/Messaging Features
    One of the most excited features, at least in my opinion, is the ability to customize SMS (Text) Tones for individual contacts. This is something that should make use of ringtones a lot more, and there are a TON in Cydia if you haven't notice or are too lazy to make your own. There have been apps in the past to allow this, but now with 4.2 we get a step closer to actual custom tones for texts. Your still limited to the defaults, but I'm sure a winterboard theme will allow you to replace the audio.

    There has also been the addition of a shortcut button within a Text Message to initiate a FaceTime call, which makes it alot easier than exiting out, and locating your contact in the FaceTime/Phone app. A nice little addition.

    System Changes & New Features
    Apple has also added some additional features for managing your device. They have added the ability to place restriction on Installing or Deleting Apps, as well as locking changes to Email and Location settings. Some smaller additions are things like being able to disable adjusting ringtones via the volume buttons, allowing you to set a ringer volume and have it never change.

    YouTube has now received the ability to Like or Dislike videos via the YouTube app, and Voice Memos has gotten a new default icon.

    Safari will also have the ability to find text within a webpage and cycle trough the results, which is handy features when there is a ton of text on such a small screen.

    Besides all of this, there have been some small touchups to the UI design such as the Alert screens getting a slight sliver shadow to focus the attention on the Alert.

    So now that Apple is taunting some new features, is it still worth the upgrade if you want to keep your Jailbreak? Of course not, as these features are/can be available via your current/to be release, jailbroken iPhone. Stay patient my friends.

    Source: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 4.2 Packs Even More New Features for iPhone started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 103 Comments
    1. Sofaxkingxhi's Avatar
      Sofaxkingxhi -
      The 4.1 jailbreak is a bootrom exploit from what i have read. So when 4.2 comes available the devs would have to rewrite some code to make it work . I wouldnt see why the devs would wait til 4.2 to release a jailbreak, as the exploit cant be fixed without new hardware
    1. PeezaPi's Avatar
      PeezaPi -
      +1 for the find in page for safari, don't really care for the findinpage bookmarklet in cydia. Also with ability to have custom SMS tones for contacts I hope we get the ability to have more than the 6 available.
    1. spookster's Avatar
      spookster -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bradda View Post
      What about some new options in the message app like a cancel button when you accidentally send a message to the wrong person or you made a mistake on the wordings you have made, also a timer to send a pre text for later sending...

    1. zlibd's Avatar
      zlibd -
      Which app gives you the ability to set individual message tones?
    1. torbengb's Avatar
      torbengb -
      Going from SMS to Facetime is not all that complicated in the first place, it takes only three taps:

      1. Tap on statusbar to scroll to the top of the messages
      2. Tap on button "Contact Info"
      3. Tap on button "Facetime"
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      Quote Originally Posted by rolandgabor View Post
      How about email attachment?
      How about Bluetooth file transfer?

      Follow cocoanutapps on twitter.

      Quote Originally Posted by PeezaPi View Post
      +1 for the find in page for safari, don't really care for the findinpage bookmarklet in cydia. Also with ability to have custom SMS tones for contacts I hope we get the ability to have more than the 6 available.
      actionmenu has a find in page feature.
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Instead of just adding the Like system to the youtube app. Why can't they just fix the whole app first? There are several videos that can't be played and some can't be found. And the results are messed up sometimes...

      Until this is fixed I'm using the mobile version of Youtube on Safari...it's much better.
    1. XCaLiBuR1085's Avatar
      XCaLiBuR1085 -
      Screw the like and dislike button add on to YouTube, put the damn HD button on there so we can actually see it clear without being on wifi like there mobile site does! Very lame just adding the like dislike button! Looks like I'm stuck with the mobile version yet again
    1. Retrolock's Avatar
      Retrolock -
      Apple can't make me stop my jailbreak. I'm a rebel. plus i need ultrasn0w. Lol
    1. stellan0r's Avatar
      stellan0r -
      iOS 4.2 brings MIDI support!!

      (and about jailbreak: i need one for 4.1 asap, as I got a 4.0.2 iphone 4 in the US and leave in a month back to Europe, where I need it unlocked
    1. decke's Avatar
      decke -
      YES! About time I can search through safari.

      Now there's about 100 features left so I don't have to jailbreak :P
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      If I upgrade to 4.2 when the new JB for iphone 4 comes out, will I get 4.1 features too?
    1. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
      TheGrandFinale2001 -
      I like the improvements with the text tones and the search in safari, not enough to kill my jailbreak though. Because themes and other tweaks like sbsettings will always win over what apple does.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      very nice cant wait.
    1. p911pew's Avatar
      p911pew -
      if you jailbreak you can do this with locktopus
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      How about the ability to use your ipod songs as ringtones and for text messages? I'd greatly appreciate that oh and default quick reply messaging. Yeah i know it's in jailbreak but i don't feel like spending $14 for a simple function. Yeah i know i bought the expensive iPhone so what... i still like having simple default function.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Would be nice if they would get off their asses and get rid of the ridiculously stupid popups that bring everything to a grinding halt. I'll bet $10 that the SMS tines you can set for each person will either be the same six that we already have, which will be awesome having 60 contacts to assign them to, OR they will be nice enough to sell them to you through iTunes. iOS development is moving way too slow, all of this should've been there in iOS 3 at the latest. Won't rely on Apple for anything useful, I'll stick to buying functionality from jailbreak devs. They actually care and think their apps and tweaks through.
    1. sobeniceguy2's Avatar
      sobeniceguy2 -
      ok if it was an update for bug fixes I'd think about it. More feature? Nah, I get with Cydia apps already. Looks like I'll be on 4.0 until 5.0 lol.
    1. lerrysan's Avatar
      lerrysan -
      Why would anyone want to use a iPod song for text messages? Imagine getting 3 or 4 texts at a time..... Or listening to a 3 minute song for a 5 letter text.... Not worth it......
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Save game manager like the PSP has. Anyone? Anyone? Why has Apple not given us this? I don't really care anymore, because Chronus does all that and more... but really?

      What about "Top Sites" feature in Safari? It doesn't have to automatically update like in OSX... but that would be nice. Opera does it... although Opera is buggy and doesn't work half the time... that's not the point.