Apple has released a new version of the mobile operating system that runs on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices. Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that iOS 4.2 adds over 100 new features to the iPad, including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay and AirPrint. “iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” Jobs added.
New features include:
“A new feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to Apple TV, transforming Apple TV into a great accessory for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. 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.”
“A next-generation Wi-Fi print architecture that dramatically simplifies printing by completely eliminating printer drivers. A selection of AirPrint enabled printers including the HP Photosmart, HP LaserJet Pro and HP Officejet will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to any printer that supports AirPrint.”
Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch)
“This feature is now free to use without a MobileMe subscription and helps you locate your missing device. [The free Find My iPhone feature is available for iPhone 4, iPad or 4th generation iPod touch] The Find My iPhone app is a free download on the App Store and lets users easily locate a missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. Users can even remotely lock or wipe data from a lost device to protect privacy.”
Other new features that iOS 4.2 brings to the iPad include:
* Rent TV episodes directly using the iTunes App with a 30 day viewing window and a 48 hour session window once playback is started [US users only]
* Easily find and highlight specific words and phrases on web pages in Safari
* Enhanced enterprise support and stronger security features for businesses
* Support for 25 additional languages, including Korean, Portuguese and Traditional Chinese.