Coming Today: Apple’s iOS 4.2 With Free “Find My iPhone Service”
Apple will release the latest iteration of its iOS operating system later today, adding a slew of new features to the iPad. IOS 4.2 brings with it multitasking, folders, a unified in-box and Game Center, with which iPhone users are already familiar, along with a few other enhancements new to both devices. Among them, AirPlay, for wirelessly streaming media between devices; AirPrint, for wirelessly printing to a paired printer; and Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod touch–a missing-device location service that was previously available only with a MobileMe subscription. Sadly, Find My iPhone is a feature available only to iPhone 4, iPad or 4th generation iPod touch users.
“IOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a typically superlative-heavy statement. “Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit.”
No word yet on when, exactly the update will go live. As I write this iOS 3.2.2 is still showing up as the most recent version of the software in iTunes.
UPDATE: OS 4.2 will reportedly go live around 10 AM PT.