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.
The headline items for the iPad in iOS 4.2 are:
— Multitasking – as we already have on the iPhone. It works very well in extending the ability to run in the background to 3rd party apps and enabling rapid app switching. Can’t wait to see it on the iPad.
— Folders – again, it’s already in place on the iPhone (as iOS 4 has already hit that device). Allows you to group apps into folders and name those folders as you like. It’s very helpful in arranging your apps an home screens – though also a bit limited for now (e.g. only 12 apps allowed per folder).
— Wireless printing. This is actually already possible via several 3rd party apps if you have the right type of printer – but hopefully Apple will deliver a more universal and elegant solution.
— AirPlay – this is AirTunes renamed. It will allow streaming of audio, video, and photos over WiFi. I don’t feel super excited about this one. This has also been possible via many 3rd party apps for a long while and I just don’t find I need to do it that often.
It’s also notable that iOS 4.2 release looks like it will be the point at which iOS versions across iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad are unified.
Yeesh, how many days until it’s November?