Apple Releases iOS 4.2 [Update]

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Apple officially released iOS 4.2 Monday. The update hit servers shortly after 1:00 PM EST (10:00 PM PST). The official version that has shown up on our devices in TMO Towers is iOS 4.2.1 (8C148), which is in line with the last GM Apple released to developers late last week. Earlier on Monday, Apple announced the update would be available.

Apple’s patch notes (laboriously transcribed for you, dear reader):

  • AirPrint
    • Print mail, photos, Web pages, and more directly to AirPrint compatible printers on a local wireless network
  • AirPlay
    • Wirelessly stream videos, music, and photos to Apple TV
    • Wirelessly stream music to AirPlay compatible speakers and receivers, including AirPort Express
  • FaceTime improvements
    • Initiate calls with Voice Control
    • Initiate calls from an SMS conversation
    • Support for Bluetooth accessories
  • Find text on the Web page in Safari
  • New fonts setting available for Notes
  • New SMS/MMS text tones and the ability to set custom tones per contact
  • Additional restrictions (parental controls) available
    • Account settings
    • App deletion
    • Game Center friends
    • Location settings
  • Ability to import .ics files into Calendar
    • Bug fixes, including:
    • Eliminates sound artifacts occasionally captures in recorded audio with 4th generation iPod touch
    • Improves audio playback to car stereos via USB
  • Products compatible with this software update
    • iPhone 4
    • iPhone 3GS
    • iPhone 3G
    • iPod touch 2nd generation or later

We’re working up a second article on the many security fixes included in the update.

[Update: This article has been updated with additional information on the release. - Editor]

Comments

Helge

DO NOT UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

iPod app will be rendered unusable! (And video app on iPad, too)
http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=12626942#12626942

dmuzzy

No real problems here.

I did lose a few videos and some music, but I load files from a couple of different computers, so I was not surprised. Everything was still on my Mac so I just copied it back over.

The single-click to close an app seems a little bit slower, but that might just be my perception. Although it could be a by-product of the OS pausing the app instead of outright killing it.

All-in-all, a fairly seamless update.

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