Apple Launches iOS 4.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

24 Nov 2010 | Apple , Software | 3 comments


Apple this week introduced the latest version of their mobile operating system, the iOS 4.2. The software update is available for the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 2nd generation iPod Touch or later and the iPad.

Probably the most important addition to iOS 4.2 is "Find My iPhone". Previously part of the Mobile Me bundle for $100 / year, this feature now comes free of charge with the new firmware. As the name suggests, it allows users to easily locate their iOS devices thanks to the built-in GPS sensor. Unfortunately, it will only be free to iPhone 4, iPad and 4th generation iPod Touch users. Those who own previous generation devices can still get this feature as part of Mobile Me.

Some of the other improvements in iOS 4.2 include:

  • Multitasking on iPad
  • Folders on iPad
  • AirPrint: print mail, web pages and more directly to AirPrint compatible printers on a local network
  • AirPlay: stream music, videos, and photos to Apple TV and stream music to AirPlay compatible speakers
  • FaceTime: initiate calls with Voice Control or from an SMS conversation, support for Bluetooth accessories
  • Find text on a page in Safari
  • New fonts for Notes
  • Custom SMS/MMS ringtones
  • Additional restrictions in Parental Controls: app deletion, game center friends, location setting
  • Ability to import .ics files into Calendar app
  • Bug Fix: Improved audio playback to car stereos via USB
  • Bug Fix: Eliminates sound artifacts occasionally captured in recorded audio with 4th gen iPod Touch
ios 4.2 software update


by Matt on Nov 24, 2010

This update looks like it address 2 major flaws in the ipad. The multi-tasking and the folders. Does this mean that ipad 2 will not be coming soon?

by Meagan on Nov 24, 2010

The new text sounds don't work in the 3GS. I am very disappointed.

by Rob on Nov 24, 2010

Apple really left most of its users in the dust with this update. I am really disappointed. Looks like Apple doesn't care about you if you don't keep up with their pace.

Personally, I like to keep my phone at least for 2-3 years before I upgrade,