Apple Releases iOS 4.2.1

Apple announced today that iOS 4.2 was being released to the public.  What was not really discussed in much detail was that it is actually iOS 4.2.1 that was released, mirroring the final image released to developers last week.

This represents a major release for the iPad, finally bringing multitasking, folder support and a number of additional features that have been available on the iPhone since the summer release of iOS 4.0.  iPad users will finally be able to switch between applications seamlessly, organize their applications into group folders and join Apple’s Game Center which brings social computing aspects to game play on the iPhone and iPad.

iOS 4.2.1 is bringing a number of additional features and capabilities to all of Apple’s mobile devices, including;

– AirPrint

This provides the capability to wirelessly print from and iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to any AirPrint-enabled printer on the network.  This initially supports Hewlett Packard ePrint enabled printers such as the HP Photosmart.  A major feature is that no drivers are required on the devices with all printing and transformation functions being performed on the printer directly.

– AirPlay

This provides the capability to stream music, photos, videos from the iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone to an AirPlay enabled Apple TV.  Music can be streamed to the 1st and 2nd generation Apple TV and Airport Express.  Only the 2nd generation Apple TV will support the streaming of photos and videos.

Apple also announced today that the ‘Find my iPhone’ feature that was previously only available through a MobileMe subscription will now be made available for free through the use of an AppleID.

About Grant Fengstad

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