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Latest iOS 4.2 Rumors: Release Delayed Due to WiFi Issues, New GM Build Coming

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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.

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Here’s Hoping AirPrint Works with iOS 4.2 Public Release, Because It’s a Big Fail in Final GM Build

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AirPrint is one of the big new features included in the upcoming release of iOS 4.2 for iPad and iPhone (which many expect will be released this week). I really hope the feature is going to work much better in the final public release of 4.2.

I say this because I’m currently running the GM (gold master) release of iOS 4.2 and have upgraded to Mac OS X 10.6.5 (released yesterday) that is said to be required for AirPrint to work correctly. And so far that has got me a whole lot of nothing as far as AirPrint goes. Every time I try to use it, all I see is the ‘No Printers Found’ error message shown in the screenshot above.

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iOS 4.2 Updates for iPad Apps Coming Faster Now

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If my updates section is anything to go by, then iOS 4.2 updates for iPad apps are finally starting to be released more quickly now. This morning alone I’ve seen four iPad app updates that include terms like: Ready for iOS 4.2, added multitasking and fast app-switching support, OS 4.2 compatibility, and iOS 4.2 compatibility.

The four apps are Harbor Master HD, Photo Transfer App, Dropbox, and TED.

It’s about time to start seeing 4.2 app updates, as the OS update itself is expected out any day now, with many sites suggesting we may well see it released tomorrow (November 12).

Here’s hoping lots more iPad apps get their 4.2 updates pumped out very soon.

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iOS 4.2 Multitasking Bar Adds Volume Controls – Why Not Services Toggles?

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One of the small changes noticed in the Gold Master build of iOS 4.2 for iPad is the addition of a volume control in the Multitasking Bar. So now the far left end of the bar offers an orientation lock toggle (which was much better as a hardware button), brightness control, and iPod basic and volume controls.

So … now we have two controls that were / are far easier to get to via the hardware buttons along the top right of the iPad housed in the Multitasking Bar, and an added volume control. Why??? Why not leave the bloody orientation lock and volume controls alone and add some useful services toggles to the bar? Toggles for WiFi, Cellular Data (on the 3G model), and Bluetooth, would be far more useful and would be logical to place next to the brightness control, as all these influence battery life.

Very odd decisions to duplicate controls that have hardware buttons already – unless this is an indicator that the next iPad model won’t have those buttons at all.

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iOS 4.2 Release Coming Soon, Apple Calls for App Submissions

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In addition to the release of the Gold Master build to developers last night, here’s another sign that the public release of iOS 4.2 is imminent. Apple is calling for developers to test their apps with the GM build and submit them for approval so they can be ready when 4.2 is launched.

Here’s the wording on the email that went out to developers:

iOS 4.2 SDK GM seed and iOS 4.2 GM seed are now available from the iOS Dev Center. Build, test, and compile your apps with these new releases and submit them for review so they can be ready when iOS 4.2 is available to iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users.

Learn how you can add exciting iOS 4.2 features to your apps including the capability to print directly from iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. iPad apps can now take advantage of multitasking, Game Center, iAd, and more.

I imagine we will start seeing a flood of app updates for 4.2 compatibility very soon now.

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iOS 4.2 Gold Master Released for Developers, Public Release Should Be Coming Very Soon

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Good news for everyone who has been anxiously awaiting iOS 4.2 for the iPad ever since Apple announced it would be made available in November. Last night Apple released the ‘Gold Master’ build of it to developers and encouraged them to begin testing their apps with it.

Gold Master releases are typically just about identical to the final public release, and if Apple follows recent iOS 4.x release timing patterns we should see the public release within just a week or two.

Some of the big things for iPad owners to get excited about in iOS 4.2 are multitasking for 3rd party apps and the Multitasking bar for rapid switching between apps, Folders for organizing apps on home screens, and AirPrint for printing from the iPad. Check out my earlier post on all the big new features in iOS 4.2 here: http://ipadinsight.com/ios/big-new-features-for-ipad-in-the-ios-4-2-software-update/

I’ve been running the iOS 4.2 betas for weeks now and installed the GM build last night. Just the rapid app-switching alone makes it a tremendous update, throw in  folders and AirPrint and the rest and it’s a must-have. You’ll want to download this as soon as Apple releases it, and hopefully that will not be long at all.

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iOS 4.2 Beta 2 Out – Adds Multitasking Animation, YouTube Upload Options and Maybe a Speed Boost

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iOS 4.2 Beta 2 was released last night by Apple. So far, there are not a huge number of changes in this beta (though I’m sure some code diggers out there are searching for more as I write). The notable ones that have been uncovered so far include:

— A  new animation effect when switching between apps via the Multitasking Bar – a slide transition type effect where the newly selected app moves in front of the one you’re switching away from

— Some new options when uploading within the YouTube app

— Possibly a speed / performance boost, at least per this report

I installed the new beta last night, but really haven’t used the iPad enough since then to have any thoughts on it as yet. If you’re using it, please share your impressions or any new features you’ve spotted in the comments.

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Odd Behavior from iOS 4.2 Beta on the iPad – Missing Apps on One Home Screen

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Notice anything missing in the screenshot above? There’s only four columns of app icons in landscape mode. To add to the strangeness, this is occurring on just one of four home screens.

On the same screen I was also seeing an issue with getting no response when tapping on app icons on that one home screen. All three other home screens displayed the correct number of columns of apps, and had no problems with all apps responding.

I’m running the first iOS 4.2 for iPad beta on my iPad so of course some strangeness is par for the course. And a reboot resolved both issues – I just thought I’d share here in case any of you are seeing any similar issues. Oh, and overall iOS 4.2 has been solid and smooth on my iPad – no complaints at all in terms of overall performance thus far – I can easily live with occasional bits of weirdness.

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Airprint Printing in iOS 4.2 Looks Great – Print Command on Share Button

Airprint is the new printing system for iOS devices that is coming in iOS 4.2, due for release in November.  Oliver from The i-Blog has done this cool, short video showing off Airprint in action.  Like me, he’s running the iOS 4.2 beta on his iPad – but he’s also running a pre-release build of Mac OS X that is required to make use of Airprint.

The super cool thing about Airprint is that it’s added a Print command to the Share button in built-in apps.  No need to go out to another app, it’s just another option alongside Email and Copy under the Share button.  I watched the video and then banged away on the Share button on my iPad running the 4.2 beta.  Sure enough, the Print command is right there in the Safari, Mail, and Photos apps.  Very good stuff.  This will quickly kill off most third party printing apps if Apple extends support for the print command to all built-in apps and third party devs start adding it to their apps, as I’m sure they will.

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A Few Quick Thoughts on iOS 4.2 Beta 1 for iPad

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I’ve been running iOS 4.2 Beta 1 on my iPad for a few days now, and I’ve got a few very quick thoughts on it.  Here they are:

— Folders still don’t strike me as a 100% elegant or effective solution for organizing apps and home screens – but they are a damn sight better than nothing (as we’ve had up to now) – and they’ve helped me come down from 8 home screens to 4.  I could be on less but I’ve chosen to devote two full screens to most frequently used apps, and one to apps currently under review. I’m very happy to see that the app limit per folder is 20, a nice step up from the 12 allowed on the iPhone – this is a feature I was hoping we would get.

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iPad Multitasking Bar Adds Brightness Control, More in iOS 4.2

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Multitasking is one of the headline features of iOS 4.2 for the iPad.  It’s definitely my favorite new feature and the one I know will get the most use out of day in and day out.  So I’ll be seeing a lot of the Multitasking Bar, which is what gets pulled up when you double-tap the Home button in iOS 4.2.

The Multitasking Bar is where you go to switch rapidly between backgrounded or recently run apps.  It also has a couple of extra items over to the its far left when you swipe all the way in that direction.  There’s a button for toggling orientation lock on/off, minimal iPod music controls, and most interestingly, a brightness control slider. 

The brightness control is a very nice addition, but it also brings to mind a huge miss / wish list item. If they can make room for the brightness slider, why oh why can we not have a toggle for cellular services (on the iPad 3G), and some other key services?

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