We waited a long time for iOS 4.2 on the iPad. It is the first major update to the iPad’s software since it was released back in April and brings over 100 new features to the iPad –including headliners like multitasking, folders, AirPint, AirPlay, Universal Inbox, and lots more.
I’ve posted quite a lot lately on some of the signature new features and my thoughts on them – especially on how disappointing AirPrint is.
Now I’d love to hear your thoughts on the new iOS 4.2. It’s been out for about 10 days now, so hopefully most of you have had a chance to install it and get to know it a little. What do you reckon so far? Impressed? What are your favorite and least favorite things about the update?
It’s finally here. After all these months of knowing that iOS 4.2 would come to the iPad in November, this huge, major update is now available in iTunes.
This is the operating system software update for iPad that adds multitasking, the Multitasking Bar for rapid app-switching, folders for organizing our apps and home screens, AirPrint for wireless printing from the iPad (to a limited group of supported printers), AirPlay for streaming media to Apple TV, and a total of over 100 new features. See my earlier post HERE for a rundown of the most notable new features in 4.2.
You should be able to see the new update available as soon as you connect your iPad to iTunes. If not, you may need to keep hitting ‘Check for Updates’ until it refreshes properly. For those of you who have running the latest gold master (developers only) release, iTunes will tell you that you already have the current version – and a check of the direct download link for 4.2.1 shows that is the exact same build number 4.2.1 (8C148). So I’ll be keeping mine as is.
Happy updating y’all.
It looks like AirPrint – the big new printing service included in iOS 4.2 – has been cut back severely in its final release. The service was originally touted to include the ability to print from iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch to certain supported wireless printers and to * all * shared printers on local network PCs.
Over recent weeks, Apple updated the description text for the service on its site – stripping out all mention of shared printers support – and now it is missing from the AirPrint section of the official 4.2 release announcement:
AirPrint is a next-generation Wi-Fi print architecture that dramatically simplifies printing by completely eliminating printer drivers. A selection of AirPrint enabled printers including the HP Photosmart, HP LaserJet Pro and HP Officejet will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to any printer that supports AirPrint.
This leaves AirPrint as a not very exciting feature at all for most users. There is only a very slim range of supported wireless printers that are supported for it, and there are 3rd party apps that are already fully capable of printing to shared printers. Hopefully Apple will update AirPrint soon, as for now it’s become quite a lame new feature.
The long-awaited iOS 4.2 software update for the iPad (and iPhone and iPod Touch) will be released today. Apple has confirmed that in a press release. It may already be available for download in some markets and should be released for US users at 10AM PST this morning.
iOS 4.2 brings over 100 mew features to the iPad – including multitasking for 3rd party apps, the Multitasking Bar for rapid switching between apps, folders for better organizing our apps and home screens, AirPrint for wireless printing to supported printers, a universal Inbox, and AirPlay for wireless streaming of media from iPhones and iPads to Apple TV. For lots more detail on the big new features for iPad in the 4.2 update, see my earlier post on this here:
I’ve been running the (developers only) beta and gold master builds of iOS 4.2 for many weeks now, so I already know how great this update is. The Multitasking Bar alone makes using the iPad so much better / faster / more productive. The ability to easily, rapidly switch between apps is superb. I’m keen to hear what you all think once you install 4.2 – please let us know in the comments.
There is a new iOS 4.2 Gold Master build available this afternoon from Apple (for registered developers) – iOS 4.2.1 GM seed.
This is a surprise. Generally there’s just a single gold master (GM) build before a final release of software. We’ve already seen two for iOS 4.2 – with the second one released last week said to address some WiFi issues that some users of the first GM build were experiencing. Now we’ve got a .1 release – so presumably this one is fixing some more issues that have been uncovered.
I’ve downloaded and installed this build just a few minutes ago, and so far I don’t see anything different. Please share in the comments if you’ve spotted anything new.
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I’ve been running the new (second) Gold Master build of iOS 4.2 since it was released (for developers) last Friday. The main reason this second gold master (GM) build is said to have been released was to address WiFi issues being experienced by many users of the original GM build.
I was one of those who had intermittent but severe WiFi problems with that original GM build. At least once a day my iPad would show full WiFi signal strength but would lose all connectivity – Mail, Safari, and any other apps that needed online connection would not have any. A quick toggling off and on of WiFi would generally fix it, but it was still a nuisance.
It’s been over three days with the new GM build now, and I have not seen the WiFi issue a single time. So far so good for me on this issue. Hopefully other users of the new build are seeing the same, so that we can see a public release of 4.2 very soon.
What are you all seeing? If you’ve been running the two GM builds, has the WiFi issue been resolved with the new build? (if you were seeing it before)
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.
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.
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.
There are lots of reports over the last couple of days about how Apple may be cutting down the originally promised functionality of the new AirPrint feature in iOS 4.2. Originally, AirPrint was touted as allowing you to print from your iOS device to local wireless printers as well as any printer shared on a Mac or Windows PC.
Now, as you can see in the screenshot above taken from Apple’s page on iOS 4.2 for the iPad, there’s no more mention of shared printers, only those on a wireless network.
If it proves true that Apple is removing the shared printers support from AirPrint, that makes it a far less useful feature right away. Not everyone has access to a wireless printer, and if shared printers are not supported it will render the feature useless for many people. There are even third party apps available right now for the iPad that support shared printers – which knocks even more gloss off AirPrint if it comes out supporting only wireless printers.
News via: MacStories via Macgasm
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.