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  • iOS 4.2 Goes for the Gold


    Apple, today released iOS 4.2 Golden Master to developers. Apple appears to be on track for its scheduled November release. There is said to be 100+ new features and innovations included with this update. Now that the GM has been released to developers it shouldn’t be too long before it’s made available to the public.

    With this release, Apple will finally bring the iPad up-to-date with the iPhone and iPod Touch. This software will be a unification of sorts. No longer will people have to keep track of the most current software version for the iPad and iPhone. iOS will finally have one unified version of the software that runs on all devices. This will be a welcome relief for iPad users everywhere. New to the iPad will be such features as multitasking, folders, a unified mailbox, Game Center support and many other enhancements as well.

    iOS 4.2 brings a host of welcomed improvements, but one change is causing some controversy. The screen lock rotation switch has now been repurposed to act as the mute button. Some users are not happy about the change, but it is in keeping with Apple’s theme to unify the iOS on all devices.

    With the iPad’s additional screen real estate, the multitasking bar has been expanded to include more features. It operates just as you would expect it to, but now includes screen lock, brightness control, iPod functions and Volume setting. To the left of the volume slider is the new AirPlay button. I look forward to seeing this button appear on the iPhone as well.



    AirPlay is arguably the most anticipated new feature coming to this iOS update. AirPlay allows you to stream music, video and photos directly from your iOS device to an Apple TV. Some apps will be compatible with AirPlay as well, allowing you to stream content from an app on your iOS device to an Apple TV. Apps may one day become a replacement for traditional TV channels. This would make the Apple TV a real contender to replace regular cable service. Apple is sure to open an Apple TV App Store, “when the time is right” according to Steve Jobs.

    AirPrint is another welcome addition to the iOS. Now, people will finally be able to print mail, photos and even web pages directly to a Wi-Fi connected printer.

    Today, Apple also invited developers to submit their apps for iOS 4.2 review. This is great news for the average user. It is an indication that there should be a good supply of compatible apps as soon as the update is released. Hopefully, this version of the iOS will be less problematic for developers to jailbreak than in previous versions. With such an array of new features, this update will be hard to resist.

    Source: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 4.2 Goes for the Gold started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 70 Comments
    1. mattoligy's Avatar
      mattoligy -
      Quote Originally Posted by ShredNasty View Post
      Sure hope Cydia 4.2 is better than the trash dookie I have now.....

      How bout a user id for transferring purchases? And a backup system? Idk, maybe a tool that reflects the millions that have been made from it? Ie; doesn't look and act like broken crapware from 1998.

      Kthxbai
      Innit lol
    1. nave3d's Avatar
      nave3d -
      So unless you have an iPad or apple tv, this update is basically useless?
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by nave3d View Post
      So unless you have an iPad or apple tv, this update is basically useless?
      or support a corporate environment with random and sundry ipod/ipad/iphone kits.

      Unification brings tears of joy to us bureaucratic hobgoblins,
      even if it should offer little or no benefit to you huddled masses.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      wait, GM stands for Golden Master? WTF?
    1. tyfly867's Avatar
      tyfly867 -
      Links are available on line for the iPad 4.2 GM, does anyone know if this will work for a non-developer register ipads? And before you give me some ignorant-*** answer without even checking, please note the 4.0 gm worked on non-developer registered iPhones before it came out.
    1. armypunk2003's Avatar
      armypunk2003 -
      4.2 gm is nice too bad iTunes 10.1 beta 2 crashed my windows pc
    1. Be Expressive's Avatar
      Be Expressive -
      Quote Originally Posted by armypunk2003 View Post
      4.2 gm is nice too bad iTunes 10.1 beta 2 crashed my windows pc
      Same problem on my MacBook
    1. tyfly867's Avatar
      tyfly867 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tyfly867 View Post
      Links are available on line for the iPad 4.2 GM, does anyone know if this will work for a non-developer register ipads? And before you give me some ignorant-*** answer without even checking, please note the 4.0 gm worked on non-developer registered iPhones before it came out.
      4.2 GM DOES work with unregistered iPads. I also downloaded iTunes 10.1 beta to use to put 4.2 gm on my iPad. All worked without a hitch. The files are out there if you are not a developer as is my case.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Just an advance warning: Posting of links to beta firmware or firmware that is not a public release is not allowed. You will recieve an infraction.
    1. APiPhonehelp's Avatar
      APiPhonehelp -
      Quote Originally Posted by MXCO View Post
      I don't own an apple tv or a printer. Is it worth it upgrading from 4.1 to 4.2 on iPhone 4?
      not really, because there is a jb for 4.1, so if you're jailbroken, there is no advantage to updating
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Just an advance warning: Posting of links to beta firmware or firmware that is not a public release is not allowed. You will recieve an infraction.
      And maybe an instant ban
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Oooo I can do that now too.


      Loaded 4.2 GM last night but didn't have time to check it out much because it was 8 am and I needed sleep.
    1. TwistedPenguin's Avatar
      TwistedPenguin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Cydia has not been updated to work with 4.2 yet. It will not be updated until it is packaged with a new/official 4.2 jailbreak tool.
      Not holding my breath that Cydia will even update before the new year. They're not even updated for landscape mode and the iPad came out 8 months ago.
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      All I need is a JB (the Cydia update thing) and then I will gladly go to 4.2!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Can't wait for RemoveBG again. I hate the multitasking.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by TwistedPenguin View Post
      Not holding my breath that Cydia will even update before the new year. They're not even updated for landscape mode and the iPad came out 8 months ago.
      Landscape mode is coming with next jb from what I hear
    1. 24trepid's Avatar
      24trepid -
      iTunes 4.1 beta 2 and iOS 4.2 GM, on my PC and iPhone 4......


      BUGGY AS HELL !!!!!!!!!!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Yea I think its worse in some ways than the last beta
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I updated to 4.2 GM on my ipad an works great, and I was unaware of the itunes 10.1 as I need it to sync anything. I assume an itunes 10.1 update will happen soon.
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      As the switch is now from rotation to mute I hope there is a cydia app to change it back.
      I use the rotation switch multiple times a day. I never use mute.
      As I also use backgrounder The update to 4.2 is not really wanted to me. I'm going to loose too many useful features I already have.
      +1
      Git some good, take some bad. Cydia seems to fix it all, just takes some time
      ETA?