This morning at Apple’s September music event, the company previewed iOS 4.2 for iPad.
In an unexpected move, this morning Apple provided a preview into the upcoming iOS 4.2.
iOS 4.2 is available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad but the real focus is for iPad. Essentially, iOS 4.2 is bringing every single feature of iOS 4.1, such as folders and multitasking, to the iPad that the iPad can support. However, iOS 4.2 is also bringing some additional features to iPad.
iOS 4.2 is finally bringing wireless printing to the iPad in the form of “Print Center”. Just like on a Mac/PC, users can view their print jobs, cancel them, and manage them right from the iPad.
As an example, from within Pages, users can now select to print the document, select the printer and then manage the print job from a new “Print Center” app. Wireless printing has been a feature that users have been asking for and it looks like it’s finally coming!
For all three iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, iOS 4.2 is bringing a feature called “AirPlay” which is a renamed AirTunes but can stream photos and videos along with audio to your AppleTV from an iDevice over WiFi.
As AirPlay was demoed, users can be watching a video on their iPad and when they come home, they can stream the video from their iPad to their AppleTV with the tap of a finger.
iOS 4.2 is available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad as a free download in November 2010.
Update: the preview page for iOS 4.2 is up on Apple.com!
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