Apple iOS 4.2 Available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch; Comes with Multitasking, Unified Inbox, AirPlay and AirPrint

Written By Sam on 23 November 2010

Apple has announced that iOS 4.2/4.2.1, the latest version of the company’s mobile operating system, is now available for download for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The company has revealed iOS 4.2 “brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay and AirPrint.” Multitasking, however, requires iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) or later.

With the new version iOS 4.2, users can now:

  • Run their favorite apps and switch between them instantly, while preserving battery life
  • Organize their apps with drag-and-drop using Folders
  • Access new Mail features, including a Unified Inbox, fast inbox switching and a threaded message view

Here are the most touted features of iOS 4.2:

Game Center: Allows iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to challenge friends or be matched with new opponents, display their scores and achievements, and discover new games their friends are playing.

AirPlay: A new feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to Apple TV. The company noted iOS users also will be able to “use AirPort Express and AirPlay to stream wirelessly to any stereo or powered speakers, or directly to AirPlay-enabled speakers coming to market in the months ahead”.

AirPrint: A next-gen Wi-Fi print architecture aimed at simplifying printing by eliminating printer drivers. A selection of AirPrint-enabled printers including the HP LaserJet Pro, HP Photosmart and HP Officejet will reportyedly be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices.

Free Find My iPhone: The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMe subscription. However, users should note the free Find My iPhone feature is available for iPhone 4, iPad or new iPod touch (4th generation). The app is a free download on the App Store and helps users locate a missing device on a map.

Other new features that iOS 4.2 brings to the iPad include:

  • Ability to rent TV episodes directly to iPad using the iTunes App “with a 30 day viewing window and a 48-hour session window once playback is started”.
  • Ability to find and highlight specific words and phrases on web pages in Safari.
  • Improved enterprise support with security features and device management capabilities.
  • Support for 25 additional languages, including Korean, Portuguese and Traditional Chinese.

The iOS 4.2 update is available to download to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch by syncing the device with iTunes 10.1. The latest iOS is compatible with:

  • iPad
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • Second and third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB)
  • New iPod touch.

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