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Big New Features for iPad in the iOS 4.2 Software Update

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The good news is that the upcoming iOS 4.2 software update is chock full of some major new features and functionality for the iPad.  The not-so-good news is that we have to wait until November to get this update.  The holdup presumably has something to do with the fact that 4.2 will mark the first time that iOS versions will be unified across the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad.

So since we’ve got a good while to wait anyway, I thought this might be as good a time as any to share some of the details on some of the big additions we’re going to see on our iPads when iOS 4.2 is released.  Hit the break for a quick rundown on this …

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iOS 4.2 Coming to iPad in November–with Mulitasking, Folders & Wireless Printing

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At today’s special Apple event, Steve Jobs announced that iOS 4.2 will be released in November and that it is ‘all about the iPad’.

So the good news is that we now have a better timeframe for when mutlitasking and a major OS update will hit the iPad.  The not so good news is that the timeframe is November.  So much for hoping Fall might mean September.

iOS 4.2 will be a major update though, and as impatient as I am to see it, I know it will be well worth the wait.

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Security Update for iPad Released

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I’m very late on posting this – so many of you will already be aware of this.  For those who haven’t already seen it reported or hooked their iPad up for a sync in the latter portion of this week, an important security update for the iPad’s operating system has been released a couple of days ago.

As you can see in the screenshot above, iOS 3.2.2 is a software update for the iPad that fixes a security vulnerability associated with viewing PDF files. 

As with all iOS updates, you just need to connect your iPad to your PC and iTunes to get this one installed.  If you’re considering jailbreaking your iPad, you should be aware that this update will prevent using the current jailbreakme.com jailbreak method.

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Can We Have Bigger Folders on iPad Please?

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Random Monday morning thought here.  I was re-arranging a few apps / home screens on my iPad a little while ago, and it occurred to me that I really miss the ability to consolidate screens through the use of folders – which of course I can do on my iPhone 4 because it runs iOS 4.

iOS 4 is not due to hit the iPad until ‘this Fall’ and I am already feeling impatient to have it.  While thinking about folders though, I did think that I’d like to see bigger folders on the iPad, that can hold more than the measly 12 apps allowed on the iPhone. 

Bigger device, bigger app icons, bigger screen – so bigger folders should work well I reckon.  Allowing us something like 24 apps per folder would work much better I think – as most of us have at least a couple of folder categories (Games, News, Books are just 3 quick examples for me) that just don’t fit within a single folder if 12 is the limit.

What do you all think?  Would you be in favor of bigger folders if Steve asked us all to phone in our votes on this?  What other modifications would you like to see in iOS 4 when it comes to the iPad?

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iOS 3.2.1 Update for iPad Released

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The iPad’s operating system has got an update today – to iOS 3.2.1.  The new update primarily addresses some long-reported issues affecting some iPad users.  Here’s the list of what’s new in the update, via MacRumors:

Apple has also released iOS 3.2.1 for iPad, addressing a number of issues including Wi-Fi connectivity issues as promised in an Apple support document posted several months ago:
– Improved Wi-Fi connectivity
– Fixed an issue that could prevent copy and paste of single-page PDF attachments in Mail
– Addressed an issue that could cause video playback to freeze
– Improved reliability of video-out when using iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter
– Added Bing as an option for Safari’s search field

I’ve never had any WiFi connectivity issues with my iPad, nor do I care much about the other changes.  So for now I’ll hold off on the update, as I’ve currently got my iPad jailbroken and have not yet caught up on how things stand with this update and the Spirit jailbreak that I used.

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iPad Screen with Its Knickers in a Twist

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My iPad had a little moment of madness yesterday.  A moment where one home screen in landscape view only showed four columns of icons (as opposed to the five it normally displays) and decided to ‘hide’ the remaining app icons down below the dock, where they were unreachable of course.

It got back to normal after a quick flip to portrait orientation and back – but it was odd to see it get confused like that.  I wonder if it’s a lack of memory issue, as I’ve not rebooted it in quite a long while and have been pounding it with some high-powered games.  Then again, it did snap straight out of it and it has not re-occurred since.

Any of you seen it do this?  Or similar issues?

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More on iPhone OS 4 & New Features for iPad

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Apple’s big preview event yesterday for the upcoming new iPhone OS 4.0 gave us a rundown of its hottest new features.  Since iPhone OS is run by both the iPad and the iPhone, OS 4.0 is the next major operating system upgrade for both devices. The iPhone will get it this summer, while it will come to the iPad in the fall.  I’m still not sure why there’s a delay in making it available for the iPad.

As mentioned earlier, the biggest new feature in OS 4 is multitasking – or, in reality, a major expansion of the multitasking capabilities, which have previously been limited to just a select few Apple apps.

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My iPhone OS 4.0 Wish List

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So this Thursday is another big Apple event – and another big day for iPad and iPhone users, as we will be getting a preview of iPhone OS 4.0, the next big operating system update for both devices.

OS 4.0 should be coming soon (within a few months) and there are a lot of hopes and expectations riding on this update.

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Nice Little Touch – iPad Shows Battery Percentage When Placed into Dock

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Just a very quick note on a little nicety I’ve noticed when putting the iPad onto its Dock. Just as you place it onto the dock, it displays the remaining battery percentage in the middle of the lock screen, just below the battery image.

I know – a very small thing, but a nice very small thing I think.

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iPad First Impressions – Sofware

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I’ve been getting to know the iPad a little today, and taking lots of notes along the way of course.  I figure I’ll share my thoughts on it in smaller chunks – partly because there are already plenty of all-in reviews out there for it, partly because I’m a lazy sod and it just feels easier to do things this way, and also because over these last couple of months we’ve already learned so much about the iPad and I don’t want to go over too much old ground.

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Some Multitasking Options for the iPad

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Apple Insider has a great article up today, offering a very good reminder on what multitasking really means, and what some of the downsides of it are (more opportunities for malware for example).  It also outlines some of the ways we may see multitasking and rapid app switching implemented on the iPad.

Outside of notifications, there are other features related to multitasking that iPad users may want to see addressed. One is local background services such as Pandora radio. Apple’s forthcoming iPhone OS 4.0 is anticipated to either allow users to select specific apps to run in the background, or roll those services into the system, or to enable specific background tasks.

This could allow apps like Pandora to begin a background task that continues even when the user quits the app. With the iPad’s faster processor, the ability to run a limited number of background services might be less of an issue as it currently is on the iPhone.

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