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  • iOS 4.2 Delayed to 11/16, Possibly Longer


    Reports are coming in from multiple sources saying that the iOS 4.2 release has been pushed back to next Tuesday. The problem, which has already been spotted by a number of beta testers, is a bug preventing iPads from making stable WiFi connections. Though MacStories, among others, suggests that the bug may take up to two weeks to fix, one Greek blogger with a good track record of success pegs the release date as November 16.

    The issue reportedly only affects iPads, though I've heard of one iPhone 4 user with the same complaint; my iPhone 3G actually works really well. Most commonly it manifests as [ame=http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1042331]a WiFi connection that's available very briefly[/ame] (one to three minutes) and then cuts out. For some users resetting Network Settings works to restore it, more commonly it requires multiple Settings resets (up to five times) to get WiFi working again. For some users, WiFi doesn't work at all and none of the workarounds are effective.

    Reports developing through the week had iOS 4.2 dropping today, closely following the release of Mac OS X 10.6.5 earlier in the week. The two updates were thought to be synchronized to provide access to Mac shared printers through AirPrint, but Mac OS X support for AirPrint was pulled at the last minute. While some sources have iOS 4.2 on hold for as much as two weeks so that Apple can "vigorously" test the bug fix, iPhoneHellas blogger Vasilis Ananiadis - who accurately predicted the releases of iPhone OS 2.2 and iOS 4.0.1 - claims it will be released on Tuesday.

    It's unclear why this bug emerged so late in the development cycle. It's possible that there's a conflict with some component - such as AirPrint - which uses the network stack, or that it's just a rare corner case that wasn't seen until iOS 4.2 went gold master and was more widely used. Whatever the reason, you can probably hold off on clicking the "Check for Updates" button today.

    Source: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 4.2 Delayed to 11/16, Possibly Longer started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 81 Comments
    1. xCalipso's Avatar
      xCalipso -
      A few more days without an iPhone that is able to call wont hurt me .
    1. xhedgehogx's Avatar
      xhedgehogx -
      I've had no problems with the GM on iPad.
    1. greek.guy's Avatar
      greek.guy -
      us greeks know it all
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      well we have waited months...a few weeks wont hurt?
    1. engelke2010's Avatar
      engelke2010 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JLick View Post
      Ghey? Yes
      Upsetting? Noep!
      Juvenile comment? Yep!
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      Here's the thing - I'm not going to update to 4.2 anyway til all of the tweaks and such I downloaded from Cydia are working on 4.2 firmware. Why have a useless jailbreak?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      itunes 10.1 just came out, so thats a good sign.

      http://www.tuaw.com/2010/11/12/itune...y-and-ios-4-2/
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      This would be on schedule if iOS 4.2 is slated for Tuesday the 16th
    1. MikePA's Avatar
      MikePA -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post
      What a bunch of whining. People who buy phones that won't work with their carriers, people complaining that Apple is dragging their feet on the release, people just complaining. I'm glad I wasn't your parent at Christmas time, how miserable you all must have been in the run-up to the 25th. And after you opened your presents.

      Seriously, if Apple HAD released this OS as is, imagine the complaints from the same people: WiFi doesn't work!! Apple sucks for releasing this without test/fixing it!. This is "ghey!" (Where did THAT one come from?)

      How about everyone just try to act like adults for a change, think before you post, consider what your words sound like to other, more sentient creatures? OK?
      Totally agree. All the juveniles in this thread who are pi$$ing and moaning could solve their own 'problem' by signing up for the developers program. Then they could have installed 4.2 GM and all the previous beta versions.
    1. Doran's Avatar
      Doran -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post
      What a bunch of whining. People who buy phones that won't work with their carriers, people complaining that Apple is dragging their feet on the release, people just complaining. I'm glad I wasn't your parent at Christmas time, how miserable you all must have been in the run-up to the 25th. And after you opened your presents.

      Seriously, if Apple HAD released this OS as is, imagine the complaints from the same people: WiFi doesn't work!! Apple sucks for releasing this without test/fixing it!. This is "ghey!" (Where did THAT one come from?)

      How about everyone just try to act like adults for a change, think before you post, consider what your words sound like to other, more sentient creatures? OK?
      You do realize that most of them aren't going to understand what you are saying to them right???
    1. hadjie0183's Avatar
      hadjie0183 -
      theres a chance to unlock my iphone 3g ios 4.1 baseband 05.14.02? after they release the ios 4.2? please help me.
    1. greek.guy's Avatar
      greek.guy -
      i understand people need help and guidance,

      but this is a "News" thread not a "Request/Help" page..
    1. jenn91's Avatar
      jenn91 -
      Quote Originally Posted by that_girl View Post
      Here's the thing - I'm not going to update to 4.2 anyway til all of the tweaks and such I downloaded from Cydia are working on 4.2 firmware. Why have a useless jailbreak?
      exactly!
    1. willie498's Avatar
      willie498 -
      See, I knew something like this would happen. I just matters into my own hands and traded my 4.1 iPhone with someone who was lazy and had one just like it, same condition with 4.0.1 and $20. They already had AT&T, so it didn't matter too them.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      If the problem is really as bad as it sound, I'm willing to wait
    1. Sk8r789456's Avatar
      Sk8r789456 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      I've seen the rumours that it would drop today but did anyone seriously believe them?
      FW is released on Tuesdays. the 16th was always going to be the date, I'm really unsure how the rumour of today was started.
      I was thinking the same thing. I never saw anything saying it was going to release today and plus apple releases the FW on Tuesdays. People always believe everything they read on the web. All the noobs and idiots please just give away your phones
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Doran View Post
      You do realize that most of them aren't going to understand what you are saying to them right???
      Yep. I'm a school teacher. I'm used to not being understood. Or maybe just not listened to.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Oooo...delayed until my birthday!
    1. flubberducky5's Avatar
      flubberducky5 -
      Son of a B*ch!!!!
    1. Yenjoi's Avatar
      Yenjoi -
      It was delayed but I think it will be released a day or two before thanksgiven altho the new version of iTunes was released. Besides it's clear that the new update is more of an iPad, iPhone 3G then an iPhone 4 and iPod touch update