Update: Macrumors is reporting that there’s a delay (and there are several reports of a new ‘golden master’ going out) – and indicates that the update is due on November 24th. Their source (The Telegraph) posted this update:
The iOS 4.2 software update had been expected today, but Apple has delayed it release until Nov 24, a reliable source has told the Telegraph.
Apple has refused to comment on the speculation, stating only that it had said the software update would be released in November.
But a source that works closely with Apple said that the company had shelved its original plan to release the software update today, and had instead pushed back the launch until later this month.
Is the wait finally over? Is iOS 4.2 finally bringing multitasking and other cool new features to the iPad tomorrow? According to this story on CNET, the answer is yes!
“For iPad owners envious of the iPhone’s multitasking abilities, you won’t have to covet any longer.
iOS 4.2–software that will update, improve, and repair a variety of features and bugs for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad–could be available by Friday. Steve Jobs said last month that it would arrive sometime in November, and this week the rumormongers are pointing to the end of the week for the day it will drop. The near final version of the software was released to developers last week, and Apple has already started accepting iOS 4.2-compatible apps.
Now, this isn’t just another incremental update. iOS 4.2 is, at least from a development standpoint, an evolutionary step for the iOS platform, as it finally brings the iPhone and iPad in step with one another. Previously their OS releases were slightly out of sync, due to the iPhone software and hardware upgrades coming in summer and the iPad hardware and software getting introduced in April this year. With this upgrade the two will share the same software.”
This is one thing i’ve been waiting for! I don’t so much need to have the multitasking, but i am looking forward to so many of the other advancements.
One of the things i’m wanting is the unified inbox. Because of the websites i manage, i have several email inboxes and it is such a pleasure on the iPhone 4 to just have to look at one inbox! I know it is a little thing, but it is very important to me.
Another really frustrating issue for many that will be fixed in this release is the ability to print! We haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but many folks have been begging for this for a while. I see it would be especially important to those who might be using the iPad as their only computer.
A concern – tho minor is eloquently said by the CNET article:
“The Great iPad Lock Switch Controversy
It sounds innocent enough, that iOS 4.2 will turn the slider on the top right corner of the iPad from a screen orientation lock to a mute button. But it’s riled up some hardcore iPad users. They’re not happy that what was once a simple flick of a button to keep the screen locked in landscape or portrait mode now requires pulling up the new multitasking bar, swiping to the left, and selecting the screen orientation lock.
The change adds more steps, but what it really does is make life easier for Apple since the switch’s function will be consistent across the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch models now.”
Jobs stated a while ago that the iPad update would be out in November and if it comes tomorrow, that would be a real pleasure as they usually don’t make it until the very end of the month.
Now, there are many other little features and fixes, but let’s hope that tomorrow gives us a chance to play with them!
P.S. This post was written on an iPad
(Photo credit: “Blue in Black and White” by planetMitch (yes, I’m using my Canon EOS 5D Mark II to take stills too! HA))