This week, Apple released the first Beta of iOS 4.2. As many remember, iOS 4.2 is the next major OS update for iPad due in November 2010.
Yesterday we documented the majority of new features coming in iOS 4.2. However, as the day developed, a few more new features were discovered.
The first discovered feature was that the Notes app now has the ability to change the font. Currently, the iPad uses what is affectionately called “Marker Felt” since the font resembles that of a marker felt.
Now, with iOS 4.2, Notes supports Helvetica, Chalkboard, and the existing Marker Felt. The default font is now Chalkboard.
Black Passcode Keyboard
The second discovered feature is a new keyboard interface for the lock screen passcode keyboard. Normally on the iPad, the passcode lock screen is a small numeric keypad where users can choose a four number password.
In iOS 4.2, when users enable the alpha-numeric option in the passcode lock settings, not only can users input letters and numbers instead of just a series of numbers, the keyboard is an all-black design with white outline numbers, letters, and symbols. It reminds me a lot of the old all-black MacBook.
The keyboard design is very different and we’re hoping that users get to toggle this new black keyboard as a permanent option for other apps on iPad.
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