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.