There had been a consensus among rumors building for most of this week that iOS 4.2 would be released today. Now that has changed, and the new consensus is that the release has been ‘delayed’ (even though there has never been an official release date announced by Apple) and that is likely to come on November 16th or later.
Macstories is reporting that the reason for the delay is that there are major WiFi issues in the latest GM (gold master) pre-release build of 4.2.
Basically, even if the iPad manages to successfully connect to a local network, the connection is lost after a few minutes. This seems to be the most common problem among users, although some can’t simply use Safari at all. The bug has been reported to Apple, and they apparently decided to delay the release of iOS 4.2 to fix the bug.
I have run all of the betas of iOS 4.2 on my iPad 3G and have been running the latest GM build since its release on November 1st. Though mine are not as severe as those described at Macstories, I have definitely had some serious WiFi issues since installing the GM build. Mine are only intermittent, but there are numerous occasions where the iPad suddenly decides to lose all connectivity, even while showing that is successfully connected to my local WiFi network. So far, toggling the service off and back on always resolves the issue.
If you’re wondering whether the 4.2 update is worth all the rumors and fuss and waiting, the answer is a big Yes. It brings ‘multitasking’ / rapid app switching via the Multitasking Bar, folders to organize your apps and home screens, AirPrint, AirDisplay and lots more. Check out my earlier post here for a good rundown of the big new features in 4.2: