Skip to main content

Apple updates iOS to version 4.2

Proclaimed makers of the iPhone and iPad have released an update to the operating system running their mobile devices, version 4.2 of the iOS.

The new update reportedly brings in over 100 new features from 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 of the iOS to the iPad, such as multitasking, folders support, a unified inbox, game centre, AirPlay and AirPrint.

For the first time Apple iPad uses can now switch between applications with this new version of the platform, where previously only one app could be run at once.

Other enhancements to the iOS on the iPad are around a unified inbox, with a single inbox now has the ability to hold multiple email accounts with support for threaded messaging too.

Apple has brought to the iPad a game centre, where users can play multi-player games and it's possible to also play against components over the airwaves - which was only a part of iOS 4.1 on the iPhone.

There is a new streaming feature for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, known as AirPlay. This essentially is a feature for their Apple TV, where music and photos can be streamed to their TV product from those devises - which opens up the device more as a media centre

Another new ability to the iOS is AirPrint, which allows wireless printing to a series of HP printers without the need to install complex drivers.

There is also a free feature for locating a lost iPhone, iPad or iPod touch called Find My iPhone. This allows for the discovery of a missing handset, without the need for a subscription to MobileMe - which was needed in the past.

The new operating system is available now from iTunes the iPad, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and second/third generation iPod touch and new iPod touch devices.

Originally published at