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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. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Can't wait. It's about time the iPad gets features it should of had day 1, better late then never.
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      Yay! that means the JB and unlock for 4.1 is not too far behind!
      REJOICE!
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by unklbyl View Post
      Yay! that means the JB and unlock for 4.1 is not too far behind!
      REJOICE!
      MuscleNerd said redsn0w already jailbreaks 4.2, cydia just needs an update to work. MuscleNerd also said "ultrasn0w users need to stay very very far away from this"
    1. stesteste's Avatar
      stesteste -
      spoiled myself this year got miself the ip4 , ipad, apple tv nevr been that much of an apple fan but after buying the ipad now loving the products ,this is before the new updates ,have they got actual release date yet
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      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. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      Can't wait for the official release. Make sure if you need an unlock to stay on the firmware you're on until given the go ahead to update. I can already see the flood of posts on unlocking & jb'ing.
    1. mattoligy's Avatar
      mattoligy -
      Is 4.2 going to be that different from 4.1 in terms of structure? If so are jailbreak devs going to have there apps ready for 4.2, and will they charge Again due to rewrites etc like they did from 3.x to 4.x... I use a lot of cydia apps and I'm really looking forward to this iOS update but I will Not sacrifice my cydia apps not for even a few weeks!
    1. j.eck.art.3d's Avatar
      j.eck.art.3d -
      Quote Originally Posted by mattoligy View Post
      Is 4.2 going to be that different from 4.1 in terms of structure? If so are jailbreak devs going to have there apps ready for 4.2, and will they charge Again due to rewrites etc like they did from 3.x to 4.x... I use a lot of cydia apps and I'm really looking forward to this iOS update but I will Not sacrifice my cydia apps not for even a few weeks!
      "Charge again do to rewrites"? I've never had to pay again for a cydia app that I already owned, no matter what iOS I was on. And when I bought my new iPhone 4 (replaced my 3G) all the developers that used their own way of "registering" your purchase via you UDID, were more than happy to send me new registration keys for my apps on my new phone once I provided proof of purchase on my old 3G. So I am not really sure what you are referring to. Devs (for the most part) are VERY helpful and understanding with upgrades.
    1. MXCO's Avatar
      MXCO -
      I don't own an apple tv or a printer. Is it worth it upgrading from 4.1 to 4.2 on iPhone 4?
    1. thecork's Avatar
      thecork -
      Quote Originally Posted by j.eck.art.3d View Post
      "Charge again do to rewrites"? I've never had to pay again for a cydia app that I already owned, no matter what iOS I was on. And when I bought my new iPhone 4 (replaced my 3G) all the developers that used their own way of "registering" your purchase via you UDID, were more than happy to send me new registration keys for my apps on my new phone once I provided proof of purchase on my old 3G. So I am not really sure what you are referring to. Devs (for the most part) are VERY helpful and understanding with upgrades.
      This most definately does happen. Most notely with MyWi from 3.* to 4. That required an update fee. Generally this only happens with major ios updates, like from 3 to 4, not with minor updates with this. This could mean things for ipad jb programs though as they are having a major update.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I am clueless as to the rotation issue?
    1. lord1700's Avatar
      lord1700 -
      aaahh....another update...am really looking forward to ios 4.2 only for my ipad...my iphone4 jb 4.1 now already meet my requirement...will see if really need to update my iphone4 too..
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Oh geez it is November already isn't it? Well that's good this update is very anticipated.
    1. mattoligy's Avatar
      mattoligy -
      Quote Originally Posted by thecork View Post
      This most definately does happen. Most notely with MyWi from 3.* to 4. That required an update fee. Generally this only happens with major ios updates, like from 3 to 4, not with minor updates with this. This could mean things for ipad jb programs though as they are having a major update.
      Cydia apps had to be updated for compatibility with 4.1 from 4.0 so it's pretty safe to assume they will need updating for 4.2 compatibility even from 4.1!?

      I'm not saying there will be a charge, your right this isn't a "major" update but jb apps probably will need updating and I was just curious as to how long this may take, 4.1 was out quite a while before most cydia apps were fully compatible with it!!

      EDIT: Here is a PDF I found illustrating all the changes from 4.1 -> 4.2 and it looks like a fair bit!

      http://m.box.net/view_shared/5ss068oeay
    1. pcuserforever's Avatar
      pcuserforever -
      I have an old apple TV. Will 4.2 be going on the old version of apple tv???
    1. Taranis17's Avatar
      Taranis17 -
      Not quite true. When I upgraded from my iPhone 3G to the iPhone4, I sent an email to the devs of MCleaner asking to transfer my license over. Never got a response. Months later I went to their site and found that it is not possible to transfer licenses between devices. You have to repurchase the software. No thanks.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I don't think I can benefit one bit from 4.2. I'm never updating, my iTunes is broke anyway, the kind of broke to where you have to uninstall and reinstall every program associated with it in an exact order. Honestly though, if they'd fix the retarded looking app switcher for landscape, I'd update.
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      So can the screen rotation lock still be enabled elsewhere in the OS?
    1. risingkazuya05's Avatar
      risingkazuya05 -
      I'm still using rotation inhibitor for my screen orientation needs
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I want my ipad to have folders and Gamecenter and thats all I want. I don't care for the multitasking or the mute switch.