Apple's latest mobile software release, iOS 4.2, has made its official debut today, consisting of what's said to be over a hundred new features and innovations. Available for iPad, iPhone 4 and iPod touch, iOS 4.2's main updates include iPad multitasking, folders, AirPrint, AirPlay, Game Center (updates to this, since it's been around since 4.1), improvements to Mail, text search in Safari, enhanced enterprise support, and enhancements in accessibility, keyboard, and dictionary functions.
Despite the fact that some people out there, mainly those who don't call themselves developers, are trying to wait patiently for an official announcement as to when they should expect to be able to install iOS 4.2 on their devices, Apple is once again happy just to tease the masses. The company has just released the latest version of iOS 4.2, for developers, and it's available to download right now.
If you've been using the audio version of AirPlay since its launch, but you've been aching at the very bones to get your hands on a little video streaming, then it looks like today's your lucky day. Apple has just begun pushing out update notifications for iTunes 10.1, which brings a few new features to the table, but mainly it's a platform for you to get iOS 4.2 onto your device (when it launches).
Rumors are circulating that iOS 4.2 - which had been tipped to arrive sometime today - has been delayed, after Apple supposedly discovered a significant WiFi bug in the gold master build. Accoridng to MacStories, "even if the iPad manages to successfully connect to a local network, the connection is lost after a few minutes" and Apple is reworking the gold master for a new release that could come as early as today. However, reports on how long the delay will affect regular users vary.
Apple has pushed out OS X 10.6.5, the latest version of its desktop OS, with various bug and security fixes along with increased performance in iPhoto and Aperture, and boosting RAW image support for more digital cameras. The update is tipped to be the first in a series of new software roll-outs from Apple over the next few days, including the much-anticipated iOS 4.2.
Apple has reportedly cancelled their AirPrint support for printers shared through PCs and Macs, with developers claiming that reference to the functionality has been removed from the support documentation, and at least one claiming to have been told by Apple Tech Supper that the feature has been dropped. If true, it will mean that AirPrint in iOS 4.2 - which allows devices like the iPad to print wirelessly - will only work with a small number of printers from HP at launch.
The iPhone lock-screen exploit that allowed unauthorized access to various aspects of the smartphone without the passcode being entered has seemingly been addressed in the latest iOS 4.2 gold master candidate. BGR has been attempting to replicate the exploit on a device running the newest 4.2 developer release, with no success.
Apple's new iOS is in Beta mode and you can bet there's a bunch of little tics and tacs in the workings that're noteworthy. This is a unification sort of release, bringing the iPad up to snuff, including such treasures found up until now only on the iPhone. Features such as multitasking, unified email inbox, Game Center, and folders. If you've got an iPod Touch like me, you've noticed the Game Center peeking at you above behind and around your games for a little while now.
A security loophole in iOS 4.1 (as well as the 4.2 beta, apparently) allows unauthorized access to the iPhone's contacts, phone functionality, emails and MMS. Spotted by MacRumors forum members, the exploit is straightforward: from the iPhone 4 lockscreen, hit "Emergency Call", type in a random number and initiate the call, and then press the sleep key as soon as the end-call button appears on-screen. That automatically takes you to the handset's contact list.