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.