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Apple Updates iOS 4.2 Web Page

Apple will release the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 4.2, very shortly given that it has already updated its OS homepage.

The update (opens in new tab) will be targeted mainly at the iPad which will gain folder management, multitasking as well as Game Center plus keyboard and dictionary enhancements.

The iPhone and the iPod Touch, the two other iOS devices, will get AprPrint, AirPlay and a raft of other minor features like find text on web pages, unified inbox, accessibility enhancements, enhanced enterprise support and messaging with text tones.

However, the most interesting new addition is the free "Find my device" feature that allows users to find their lost device on a map, display a message on the screen, remotely set a password on it and delete data on the device remotely.

This feature was previously only available on the $99 per year MobileMe service but the fact that a growing number of competitors - like HTC - have bundled this feature for free may have convinced Apple to go down the free route.

Most importantly, the device can be restored to its last backup once found. At the time of writing though, Apple had yet to release the update to the iPhone 4 and the iPod Touch and iTunes still list iOS 4.1 as being the current version.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.