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Apple Details iOS 4.1, Teases iPad 4.2 Update With Printing

Andy Vandervell


Apple Details iOS 4.1, Teases iPad 4.2 Update With Printing

Before Steve Jobs got stuck into the new iPods and Apple TV, he kicked off by talking about two upcoming iOS updates. Next week iPhone and iPod touch users will get to enjoy 4.1, while iPad owners can look forward to 4.2 in November, which will bring with it all of iOS 4s much-needed features and add wireless printing to the mix.

Here are the details.

iOS 4.1

iOS 4.1 brings with it some bug fixes (proximity sensor, Bluetooth, iPhone 3G speed) but also delivers new features. These include:

  • High Dynamic Range Photos: This new photo mode takes three photos at different exposure levels, combining the three to create the ideal image.

  • HD video upload via Wi-Fi: Fairly self-explanatory.

  • TV Rentals: You'll now be able to rent TV episodes and watch them on the move.

  • Game Center: Apple's answer to Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Live and Windows Phone 7 integration, Game Center features multiplayer integration, auto-matchmaking, and achievements. Invitations from friends for multiplayer games are pushed notifications just like text messages. Epic Games demoed its use of Game Center, a sword fighting RPG game based on Unreal Engine 3 that looked a lot like Fable. It also looked exceedingly good (graphically at least), but gameplay we'll have to wait and see.

iOS 4.2

Also teased was iOS 4.2, which will be released in November. Most pertinent is that it will be coming to the iPad, bringing with it all the features (e.g. multitasking) that current iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS owners enjoy. Other highlights included:

  • Wireless Printing: Clearly the biggest addition. Jobs demoed wireless printing within Pages, showing how pending jobs can be viewed using the new Print Center app.

  • AirPlay: The new name for AirTunes, it's been renamed because it will now support videos and photos in addition to music. 4.2 will support it, and it will allow you to stream videos from an iOS-based device to the Apple TV. A neat trick, we must admit.

Most importantly, 4.1 and 4.2 will be free to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad owners. No upgrade charges here thank you. We reckon 4.2 will have a massive impact on the usefulness of the iPad, and the HDR photo mode is an intriguing addition that we can't wait to try out.


September 2, 2010, 12:34 pm

There are thousands of examples of HDR photography overdone and plain and simply done wrong all over the internet. I'd disagree that putting it into a camera phone is intriguing - it is a gimmic, albeit one that naturally fits with the disposable nature and 5 minute attention span of most iPhone apps.

Needless to say though, I'm looking forward to trying it!


September 2, 2010, 2:31 pm

HDR photography on a phone camera, that has to be the joke of the year. If you can't wait to see it, get ready for disappointment. It takes significant post-processing & merging of RAW images captured by large sensor DSLRs in advanced photo editing software to produce acceptable HDR results.

As Greg said in the post above, this feature is nothing more than a gimmick.


September 2, 2010, 2:44 pm

Is wireless printing limited to the iPad only ? Would be great to have this on the iPhone as well.


September 2, 2010, 3:41 pm

I believe Wireless Printing should be from the iPhone too. Lets face it the iPad is simply a poor relation to the iPhone for very short sighted people.


September 2, 2010, 4:01 pm

@GMC: this feature is nothing more than a gimmick.

Maybe, Maybe not. What does it matter it's not going to cost anything. Good grief..!!

I'm looking forward to it anyway, pictures I've taken with the IPhone4 I've been very impressed with so far, so will be interesting to see how the HDR gimmick fairs.

Looking at what people have already done it looks pretty good ->


Also Gizmodo did some too that looked good, so not too bad for a gimmick.


September 2, 2010, 4:35 pm

@GMC - You don't need RAW, huge processing power or fancy software for HDR. As a software developer I know it's easy to merge 3 images together. For people who use their iPhones for photography, this is a bonus. I prefer my 5D MkII though.

On another note, I bet they do not fix my 3GS crashing during every phone call.


September 2, 2010, 4:50 pm

Seems like bug fixes rather than anything 'new'. Wireless printing is hardly a headline feature that'll be used by everybody, but they needed something to announce.


September 2, 2010, 5:38 pm

@Den: You don't need RAW.

I assume it will be RAW anyway, eg. before the 3 pictures get compressed.

Merging 3 pictures that are uncompressed will give better results than 3 pictures that have jpeg artefacts.

Jim Fulton

September 3, 2010, 3:26 pm

@GMIC : Why don't you wait and see? We all know an iPhone is NEVER going to compete with a Canon 5D, or even a 550D, but its unlikely to do any harm, especially if, as Keith pointed out, its free.

@cjb110 - the event was billed as an iPod/media event, i.e. more or less limited to iPods and Apple TV. Wireless printing I suppose is a bonus (and I'm an iPad rejecter).

What can't come soon enough is the proximity sensor and the Bluetooth fixes, they are much more serious for me than the overly hyped signal strength guff.

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