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Is the iOS 4.2 release for iPad coming out tomorrow? *Updated*

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.

*original post:
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))

Advertisers flocking to the iPad

You saw the amazing interactive digital magazine prototype from ViV the other day, well now, according to news reports, advertisers are chomping at the bit to be included in magazines and newspapers designed for the iPad. And the iPad is still not in anyone’s hands (tho only 9 more days! Woohoo!).

Here’s an example from the Wall Street Journal “Time magazine has signed up Unilever, Toyota Motor , Fidelity Investments and at least three others for marketing agreements priced at about $200,000 apiece for a single ad spot in each of the first eight issues of the magazine’s iPad edition, according to people familiar with the matter.”

Redrock Micro

The Guardian UK says “FedEx, Buick and credit card company have bought space on the apps from New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ and others.

The New York Times reports that a high-end credit card company has purchased its iPad ad inventory for the device’s first two months on the market, while brands such as FedEx and Buick, are buying ads on the apps of other publications, including the WSJ, Newsweek, Time and Reuters. The NYT says the going rate is $75,000 to $300,000 “for a few months of exclusivity” on one of these apps.”

So it appears that we’ll see application versions of magazines and newspapers like Sports Illustrated, Wired, Time, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal on the iPad. In fact. the WSJ announced that their iPad version will run you about $18 monthly.

And just take a look at this video by BuiltByTheFactory.com (read lots more about their iPad concepts on their blog)!

(note the video comes with this text: “http://www.builtbythefactory.com DISCLAIMER: The publications, brands & advertisements featured in this video are not a representation of actual campaigns. These have been developed as prototypes to demonstrate the future of tablet based digital magazines and the advertisements that will exist within them. Actual campaigns currently in development will not be released for public view until after they have run in the media, in order to protect the confidentiality of the clients & their campaigns. All content used in this video has been used as sample content by the research & development team of Built by the Factory and is not affiliated with the publishers, brands or advertisers featured. This video is intended strictly for demonstration purposes.”)

We’ve only begun to see what can/will be done with the iPad!

(Photo credit: snap from the “built by the factory” video)

planetiPad added to Alltop.com iPad news summary

Awesome! We’re one of the first to be added to Alltop.com’s iPad page!

This is a very good indication of great things to come and we’re proud to be selected!

Alltop.com is an ‘aggregator’ service, finding the top news/blog sites for individual categories and you can even customize your own Alltop via their “MyAlltop” service. Picking the news you want to read often.

From their about page:

“The purpose of Alltop is to help you answer the question, “What’s happening?” in “all the topics” that interest you. You may wonder how Alltop is different from a search engine. A search engine is good to answer a question like, “How many people live in China?” However, it has a much harder time answering the question, “What’s happening in China?” That’s the kind of question that we answer.

We do this by collecting the headlines of the latest stories from the best sites and blogs that cover a topic. We group these collections — “aggregations” — into individual web pages. Then we display the five most recent headlines of the information sources as well as their first paragraph. Our topics run from adoption to zoology with photography, food, science, religion, celebrities, fashion, gaming, sports, politics, automobiles, Macintosh, and hundreds of other subjects along the way.

You can think of Alltop as the “online magazine rack” of the web. We’ve subscribed to thousands of sources to provide “aggregation without aggravation.” To be clear, Alltop pages are starting points—they are not destinations per se. Ultimately, our goal is to enhance your online reading by displaying stories from sources that you’re already visiting plus helping you discover sources that you didn’t know existed.”

We’ve even added one of their news widgets in the right hand sidebar for you to see what other iPad news is out.

So, we really want to thank the folks at Alltop for including planetiPad in their site!