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Apple previews iOS 4.2 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

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iOS 4.2

At their extravagant, live-streamed event yesterday, Apple showed a pre-release version of iOS 4.2. The biggest feature of this update is that it provides the iPad with all the features the iPhone and iPod touch have had for several months now: multi-tasking, app folders and the like. Multi-tasking alone is sure to make the iPad much more useful and help it be more of a tablet computer rather than a large iPod touch of sorts.

iOS 4.2 will also add two new features to the iDevices’ repertoires: AirPlay and Print Center. Simply put, AirPlay is a rebranded version of Apple’s AirTunes—software that allows iTunes to be streamed over a local network. The key difference between the two is that AirPlay can stream music, video and photos. AirPlay is also integrated into certain third party speakers and receivers, meaning users do not have to sacrifice quality sound for the freedom of a wireless setup. The iPad can also act as a host for the AppleTV, meaning you can watch something on your iPad and shift the stream over to your AppleTV—a nifty feature.

The second major feature in iOS 4.2 is support for wireless printing. A few simple taps send documents to wireless printers on local networks, and the status of the print job can be seen by tapping on the Print Center icon that appears in the multi-tasking dock.

iOS version 4.2 will be released to iPads, iPhones, iPod touches in November of this year.

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  • Janet

    Aha, great news!
    Well, I love my iPod touch. It's a phone, without the phone, with a new Retina Display, the A4 CPU, two cameras which allow for FaceTime calling and 720p video recording, just magical!
    What's more, with the 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, Retina Display, which means it had equal resolution (960 x 640) and pixel density (326 ppi) as the iPhone 4, all make watching video entertainment an utterly new experience on it, U know Im a totally movies fans, now apple's iMovie upgrade adds the support for 4 generation, sounds maybe I don't need to use iFunia iPod video Converter to do the converting, at least sometimes much trouble was saved.
    Besides, FaceTime calls and Game Center, can't wait to get one and experience!
    Aha, overall, have to say Apple is the best. They have the ability to change the momentum of the market with great products. I like it!!

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