That's right all ye shipmates, as the pre-order stage for Verizon's version of the Apple iPhone is only a few days away, it seemed almost inevitable that at any time now, there'd be a firmware update to all iPhone across the universe. Turns out that time was now, and the update is here. It's iOS 4.2.6 (8E128) and you're just gonna love it.
With iOS 4.2 still fresh in the market, and on iDevices, there's no surprise that people are still stumbling onto new aspects of the latest version of Apple's popular mobile Operating System. And while Augmented Reality may not be the one feature that's on the tip of everyone's tongue, it's still interesting to see new ways that the technology can be implemented in our devices. Thanks to a company called Occipital, we now know that the gyroscope within the latest version of the iPhone, as well as the newest model of iPod Touch, can be used to bring some AR-based fun times.
The iPhone Dev Team has announced a new, untethered jailbreak for iOS devices running 4.2.1, including the iPod touch 4G, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPad. The new system takes advantage of the 4.2b3 hashes backed up by Cydia, and is being described as a "backup plan" by team member MuscleNerd, since comex is currently working on "a more extensible" alternative method.
Complaints have surfaced over Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit, after iPad owners upgrading their tablets to iOS 4.2 have apparently discovered the adapter no longer provides sufficient power. 9 to 5 Mac claims Apple has reduced the power supply from 100mAh to just 20mAh, which means that many cameras - along with keyboards, microphones and flash drives - now throw up an error message warning "The connected USB device requires too much power."
Apple has never publicly promised that the Camera Connection Kit - which includes two dongles, one with an SD card reader and the other with a USB port - would work with keyboards and other non-camera peripherals; still, many iPad users rely on the adapter for easier text entry and for holding VoIP conversations using USB headsets.
Apple gave iPad users iOS 4.2 but took away the screen orientation lock switch in the process, and according to Steve Jobs it's never coming back. Not so fast, says the iOS hacking community; a new app called NoMute for iPad has popped up in the Cydia app store, which flips the hardware switch from being a mute control back to a screen lock.
Apple just announced a sassy little update for their iDevices by the name of iOS 4.2. One of the neat things this update brought with it was the ability to use AirPlay to play media from your iDevice wirelessly to a screen connected to an Apple TV device. Neat, right? Not so neat when you consider the fact that it'd play video ONLY if you were playing it from an Apple-approved application (aka no VLC or YouTube allowed!) What Erica Sadun / Steven Troughton-Smith have done is to... well.. hack and fix this with some codes and such.
Apple's iOS 4.2 has only been officially available since Monday, but already talk has turned to its successor, iOS 4.3. According to MacStories' sources, Apple has been planning to launch iOS 4.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on December 13, complete with a new set of APIs supporting recurring subscriptions for App Store apps. These APIs they, and Daring Fireball's Jon Gruber suggest, will be unveiled on December 9 in a joint-event with News Corp, potentially even seeing CEO Rupert Murdoch join Steve Jobs on stage to officially announce the "Daily" digital newspaper.
Apple has opened up accelerometer and gyroscope access to mobile Safari web developers in iOS 4.2, meaning iPhone, iPod touch and iPad sites can potentially be controlled by those motion sensors. Developer Maximiliano Firtman spotted the update, which appears to be based on the W3C draft for the DeviceOrientation API; he's also thrown together a quick rolling-ball demo, which you can see after the cut.
Oh my goodness the padness of today. Let me tell you all about it, then, if you're into new ways of chipping around, let Douglas L. Davis tell you all about it. First, lets get Douglas L Davis out of the way - he works at Intel and had a reconfigurable atom chip for you. Then we've got a Synology DiskStation DS211 review that I bet flew under a lot of folks radars as it was out late Friday. Then our Week with NOOKcolor began with Hardware on Saturday, Avi wrote an amazing column on 2014 VS 1984, Don tells us why his Wii is dusty, and iOS 4.2 is released for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.Then it gets really exciting: e-paper on regular paper, we get our hands on a Dell Inspiron Duo, and Notion Ink's Adam tablet receiving its very own webpage - wowzers! All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!
It's been a long time coming, but iOS 4.2 is now officially available for those with an iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. We knew it was coming earlier today, and we even brought you some on-time analysis of the major software upgrade for iOS-base devices. And now that it is finally, officially available for the masses, there should be plenty of people plugging in their iDevice, getting ready to sample some of the 100 brand new features that 4.2 brings to the table.