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  • Apple Unleashes iOS 4.2.1 GM for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch to Devs



    On Thursday, Apple released to developers a brand new version of the Golden Master iOS firmware for the iDevices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). Bumped up to 4.2.1 Build 8C148, we may now be closer than ever to the final version delivering fixes to the glitches, bugs, and other shortcomings with which many of us are familiar.

    From Network World:

    The new GM has reportedly been released to address bugs and errors found in previous builds. Earlier on Thursday, MacRumors published an e-mail sent out by VoIP developer Toktumi--responsible for calling app Line2--that warns customers not to upgrade to the latest version of Apple's iOS. "If you upgrade to iOS 4.2 and you are running Line2 in the background, the ringer will continue to ring even after an incoming call is answered," the e-mail notes, stating that the issue has been designated as "severe" by Apple Developer Support.
    As it stands, there is widespread speculation (but no concrete evidence) that the public version of the new firmware will hit on or around November 24th. Today, however, marks a substantial update for the iPad and squarely places the tablet on a fast track to being on "the same software track as the iPhone," effectively giving life to iOS 4 on the iPad and a multitude of hot features, not the least of which is multitasking.

    Nonetheless, despite the update and version increase, sources have been quoted (including in a report published by MacRumors) that Apple is allegedly telling developers not to resubmit their applications. For now, the release is a positive step in the right direction and a stellar indication that a final, public release is imminent.

    MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Unleashes iOS 4.2.1 GM for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch to Devs started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 108 Comments
    1. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
      iPhoenix3g -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ahaka View Post
      well can this be unlock ??
      It's not released. So I think you know the answer.
    1. lsufan51's Avatar
      lsufan51 -
      Quote Originally Posted by s4mb4 View Post
      i wonder what the term GM actually means...
      Go Masturbate!
    1. norfskate's Avatar
      norfskate -
      Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
      I am going stay jailbroken on 4.0.1 until most cydia tweak are supported on 4.2.


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      Same
    1. kawasabi's Avatar
      kawasabi -
      Quick question as i am a noob at this jailbreaking thing. Do I have to reinstall all my Cydia apps when the new firmware and subsequent jailbreak are released or is there an easier way to upgrade?
    1. scottjl's Avatar
      scottjl -
      interesting. but i can't find my shared printer with this latest release. anyone else missing printers?
    1. buzios's Avatar
      buzios -
      Quote Originally Posted by scottjl View Post
      interesting. but i can't find my shared printer with this latest release. anyone else missing printers?
      Just installed 4.2.1 GM (God Makeitwork) on my iPad.

      I have a shared printer on Linux (Avahi + cups) and I can print from 4.2.1.
    1. Hpwill's Avatar
      Hpwill -
      Quote Originally Posted by kawasabi View Post
      Quick question as i am a noob at this jailbreaking thing. Do I have to reinstall all my Cydia apps when the new firmware and subsequent jailbreak are released or is there an easier way to upgrade?
      Yea but if you get aptbackup you don't have to
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Not long now. Hopefully everything will be fixed!
    1. VlaDeMaN's Avatar
      VlaDeMaN -
      GM means gold master
    1. \m/ibnziceman\m/'s Avatar
      \m/ibnziceman\m/ -
      hurry the hell up apple! my 3g needs 4.2 already so it'll stop lagging so horribly
    1. flubberducky5's Avatar
      flubberducky5 -
      holy sh*t!!!!! y the hell r they taking soooooooo long 2 release this damn update!!!!! I WANT IT NOW!!!!!!!!$&@#^*~!!!!!
    1. dzjstern's Avatar
      dzjstern -
      Quote Originally Posted by flubberducky5 View Post
      holy sh*t!!!!! y the hell r they taking soooooooo long 2 release this damn update!!!!! I WANT IT NOW!!!!!!!!$&@#^*~!!!!!
      There have been unexpected bugs, that come with all updates.

      I'm enjoying 4.2 on both my iPhone and iPad. The new multitasking and folders ability on the iPad is a huge help.
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      I wonder what they are going to do about the iPads faulty switch.
      In pre 4.2 it was a rotation lock but in 4.2 is nothing. Its suppose to be mute but it doesn't work.

      I've upgraded to 4.2GM2 and it was nothing interesting so I downgraded back to 3.2.2 as its got more useful features. Backgrounder is a better multitasker than the native one so if you are upgrading from 3.2.2 with backgrounder to 4.2 just for multitasking then don't bother.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I want the rotation swtich back. Hold the volume down button for a sec and it goes mute so that is fine no need for a mute switch.
    1. Devilish4eveR's Avatar
      Devilish4eveR -
      Just stop with all the GM versions for developers!!! Just bring out the final release to the public god dammit!!!

      The more Apple keeps this GM going on the more I have to wait for the final release thus making have to wait even more on the Unlock I soooo need for my iOS 4.1 :-S


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    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Usually the GM is the final build but this round they have made 2 changes on the GM builds.
    1. Devilish4eveR's Avatar
      Devilish4eveR -
      @Cer0: I know what u mean. Apple just dragging this for tooooo long I'm loosing it!

      Do u know how f'd up it feela having the latest iPhone 4 and being able to use everything with exception of the "phone feature"? It BLOWS!!!

      I just want to be able to be reached on my iPhone! Have to do so with the BB instead till Apple decide to stop playing games and make the final release.

      Even my gf who's a long time BB fanatic/addict switched to the iPhone4 after having played around with my iPhone4 She saw a whole new world when she actually got to use the iPhone. And guess what? She needs the same god damn unlock I do! LOL


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    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      So far so good on install
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      I wonder what they are going to do about the iPads faulty switch.
      In pre 4.2 it was a rotation lock but in 4.2 is nothing. Its suppose to be mute but it doesn't work.

      I've upgraded to 4.2GM2 and it was nothing interesting so I downgraded back to 3.2.2 as its got more useful features. Backgrounder is a better multitasker than the native one so if you are upgrading from 3.2.2 with backgrounder to 4.2 just for multitasking then don't bother.
      The mute switch works now. It's been working in all of the GM releases. How is it not working for you?

      Also, the backgrounder argument is rather lame. The majority of apps are not updated to support 4.2 on the iPad and thus lack the code to implement multitasking in them. That is no fault of iOS. With an extremely short list of exceptions (Colloquy being the only one off the top of my head), iOS has a much better implementation of multitasking.

      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      I want the rotation swtich back. Hold the volume down button for a sec and it goes mute so that is fine no need for a mute switch.
      I'm rather indifferent about which command they dedicate to the switch. However, if they are going to make it a mute button then they need to change the decrease volume buttons coding. The button should decrease the volume gradually, just like it does on the iPod and iPhone. Keeping the goes mute after 2 seconds function is rather redundant if there's a mute switch a half of an inch above it.

      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Usually the GM is the final build but this round they have made 2 changes on the GM builds.
      But why not have it be iOS 4.2 GM3 rather than iOS 4.2.1 GM? That's the only puzzling part about this third GM, to me.
    1. Dragonx151's Avatar
      Dragonx151 -
      Quote Originally Posted by s4mb4 View Post
      i wonder what the term GM actually means...
      It means gold member, or so I heard on Austin Powers..