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The iPad finally gets up to speed when it comes to OS releases with iOS 4.2
Apple releases the first beta for iOS 4.2

It was just a few weeks ago that Apple made iOS 4.1 available to iPhone and iPod touch users. The mobile operating system also later showed up on the fourth generation iPod touch.

Today, however, Apple is making available the first beta release of iOS 4.2. The big news for iOS 4.2 is that this will be the first release that will bring the iPad in line with the iPhone and iPod touch when it comes to software releases. As a result, the iPad will finally gain multitasking, folders, and a unified inbox for the Mail app among other things that iPhone and iPod touch users have been enjoying for months.

In addition, iOS 4.2 brings the following features:

  • The ability to search actual websites with Safari
  • AirPlay multimedia wireless streaming
  • AirPrint wireless printing for all iOS 4.2 devices

“AirPrint is Apple’s powerful new printing architecture that matches the simplicity of iOS—no set up, no configuration, no printer drivers and no software to download,” said Apple's Philip Schiller. “iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to an HP ePrint printer or to a printer shared on a Mac or PC.”

IOS 4.2 should bow in completed form this November.  

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RE: I love my iPad
By Aloonatic on 9/16/2010 5:51:28 AM , Rating: 2
I think you have something of a point, people like to bash Apple because, well, they and their smugger (is that a word?) customers can't help but boast and make ridiculous claims. Is almost impossible to resit it when so many open goals are presented too.

It seems like you're a more sensible Apple user though (I'm not trying to sound patronising by the way), and it works well for you. The thing is, you love your iPad for what it does, but when an alternative comes out that does the same things as you list bellow, and probably a whole lot more, will you then move over? If not, then that is when you start to wander into more easily mockable (I am just making up words as I go along now) territory.

Saying that it's good for what you use it for too is great, but really, some of the things that it doesn't do are silly, as this update shows. In saying that, I find it hard to bash it to be honest as, well it's the only real option out there at the moment. So, as you point out, even though it might not do a few simple and obvious things, at least it exists, so it does do/is useful for a whole lot too, and there is clearly a market for it.

I was one of the few here who argued that there would be a market for the iPad when it was first talked about and released, even though I'd never buy one myself. Probably cost me a fraction in my comment average comment rating, but there you go. It's good to see that it's made your journeys more bearable/entertaining and less hard work.

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