iOS 4.2 for iPad & iPhone; Airplay and a Multi-tasking iPad!

iOS 4.2
iOS 4.2

iOS 4.2 for iPad & iPhone  is now available . This update consolidates the version numbers for iOS devices, so the iPad and the iPhone now share the same version number! Which should make this a little easier to distinguish which version is the latest. iOS 4.2 for the iPad brings a lot of changes, the biggest of which is multitasking which came to the iPhone not too long ago.

Multitasking comes to the iPad

Multi Tasking
Multi Tasking

About time! Like the iPhone we had to wait for the ability to multi task with the iPad.

iOS 4.2 brings multitasking from iPhone and iPod touch to iPad. So you can be more productive as you work, have more fun as you play, or do a little of both. Everything happens smoothly and efficiently — without slowing down the performance of the foreground app or draining the battery unnecessarily

Airplay comes to iOS devices – Play content on your TV!

Air Play
Air Play

Airplay will allow you to switch the display and or audio  to another device such as Apple TV! What this means is you can stream content from your iPad or iPhone! Say you are watching a youtube video, you can switch the display to your Apple TV. “Wirelessly stream videos, music, and photos from iPhone to the new Apple TV, and stream music to AirPlay speakers or receivers, including AirPort Express.” You will know if Airplay is enabled on an app by the icon that appears on screen, tapping this icon will show you available devices you can stream with.

AirPrint – You can print Yippee!

Print away! Airprint is now enabled if you have an Airprint enabled printer. Also works with photos app.

What else is new?

  • Enhanced enterprise support.
  • Businesses can take advantage of stronger security features, new device management capabilities, and improved enterprise integration.
  • More iPhone tones.
  • Customize your notes using different fonts — Marker Felt, Helvetica, and Chalkboard.
  • Game Center for iPad.
  • Folders for iPad!
  • Enhanced parental controls: It is now possible to prevent the delation of apps from your iPhone if you have have enabled parental. controls and that feature, there is also new restricitions available in relation to game center.
  • New wallpapers.

Who is this update for?

This update is for the iPad and iPhone 4, iPhone 3Gs and iPhone 3G (limited features). iPhone 2G and iPod touch first generation will not get this update.

Press release

CUPERTINO, California—November 22, 2010—Apple® today announced that iOS 4.2, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, is available today for download for iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®. iOS 4.2 brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint.

“iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit.”

iPad users can now run their favorite apps and switch between them instantly, while preserving iPad’s legendary battery life. Users can organize their apps with drag-and-drop simplicity using Folders, and Mail now features a Unified Inbox, fast inbox switching and a threaded message view.

Game Center allows iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to challenge and play friends or be matched automatically with new opponents, showcase their scores and achievements, and discover new games their friends are playing.

AirPlay is a new feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to Apple TV®, transforming Apple TV into a great accessory for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. iOS users also will be able to use AirPort Express® and AirPlay to stream wirelessly to any stereo or powered speakers, or directly to AirPlay-enabled speakers coming to market in the months ahead.

AirPrint is a next-generation Wi-Fi print architecture that dramatically simplifies printing by completely eliminating printer drivers. A selection of AirPrint enabled printers including the HP Photosmart, HP LaserJet Pro and HP Officejet will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to any printer that supports AirPrint.

The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMe℠ subscription and helps you locate your missing device.* The Find My iPhone app is a free download on the App Store℠ and lets users easily locate a missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. Users can even remotely lock or wipe data from a lost device to protect privacy.

Other new features that iOS 4.2 brings to the iPad include: the ability to rent TV episodes directly to iPad using the iTunes® App with a 30 day viewing window and a 48 hour session window once playback is started; the ability to easily find and highlight specific words and phrases on web pages in Safari®; enhanced enterprise support so businesses can take advantage of stronger security features, new device management capabilities and improved enterprise integration; industry-leading accessibility enhancements; and support for 25 additional languages, including Korean, Portuguese and Traditional Chinese.

The revolutionary iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. You can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, using the innovative Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad weighs just 1.5 pounds, making it easy to carry and use anywhere.

Today, customers have downloaded more than seven billion apps from the groundbreaking App Store and more than 300,000 apps are available to consumers in 90 countries, with more than 40,000 native iPad apps. Over 125 million iOS users around the world can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.

The iOS 4.2 update is available today to download to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch by syncing the device with iTunes 10.1. iOS 4.2 is compatible with iPad, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, second and third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) and new iPod touch. Some features may not be available on all products. For example, Multitasking requires iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) or later.

*The free Find My iPhone feature is available for iPhone 4, iPad or new iPod touch (4th generation).

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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