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Find My iPhone app running on an iPad
IOS 4.2.1 update coming later today

Apple announced this morning that the 4.2.1 update will be made available for iOS devices later today. IOS 4.2.1 brings the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad together when it comes to OS releases -- previously, the iPhone and iPod touch were using the 4.x branch of iOS while the iPad used 3.x.

IOS 4.2 finally gives iPad users the ability to multitask with applications and create folders among other things. Other features that will be rolled out to all iOS devices include AirPlay and AirPrint.

iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “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.”

Another bonus that Apple announced is that the Find My iPhone service will now be made available for free for select iOS devices. Previously, the service required a MobileMe subscription from Apple. Find My iPhone allows users to track down a lost or stolen iOS device and locate it on a map using Me.com or an iOS app (which be available for free from the App Store).

Unfortunately, the service will only be made freely available for users of the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G, and iPad.

Updated 11/22/2010

The iOS 4.2.1 update is now live. It can be obtained using the "Check for Update" feature within iTunes.



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RE: Airplay
By Tony Swash on 11/23/2010 7:06:26 AM , Rating: 2
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I don't own an Apple TV nor do I plan on owning one, so Airplay actually has zero significance to me. With the Apple TV being a (currently) niche product, I'm sure a lot of other people feel the same way.


I am surprised how well Apple TV is selling. For a while it was No.12 on the Amazon best sellers list and as of ten minutes ago it was No.18.

Although it functions as a portal to Apple's online media store and things like YouTube it's primary strategic purpose is to create a simple way to display content from iOS devices on TVs. By the end of next year there will be a lot of iOS devices out there, expect 40 millions iPad sold in 2011 alone. Then the power of a simple gizmo like Apple TV linking your iPad to your TV will be very popular.

Apple TV is a long term strategic product, it is already selling very well and now that Airplay is here a lot of people will be buying Apple TVs as accessories to their Christmas iPads. Airplay is still limited in iOS 4.2 but expect it's scope to increase as it is integrated with more and more apps. Expect iPad V2 to come with a camera in the spring and then when iOS v5 arrives next year iPads will have FaceTime and Airplay which means video calls from the sofa with the coming video displayed on the TV.


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