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Apple Previews iOS 4.2; Available November 2010

by on September 1st, 2010

This morning at Apple’s September music event, the company previewed iOS 4.2 for iPad.

iOS 4.2

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.

Printing

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!

AirPlay

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.

Availability

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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  • Anonymous

    It’s too bad we have to wait until November, but it does bring me one step closer to not needing a computer anymore.

  • aloombox

    When will they release wireless syncing I wonder?

  • http://twitter.com/GeekyCh1ck Danielle Saul

    Less need to jailbreak the iPad with iOS 4.2, too