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iOS 4.2 Update Arrives for iPad and iPhone

David Gilbert


iOS 4.2 Update Arrives for iPad and iPhone

"It's here at last. Thank God almighty it's here at last." Paraphrasing Al Pacino in Carlito’s Way seemed to us like the best way to herald Apple’s announcement that the long awaited iOS 4.2 update is here - and with it the very handy Find My iPhone, iPad or iPod touch function.

Apple announced that iOS 4.2 would be available today, via iTunes 10, to download for iPad, iPhone4, 3GS and 3G as well as the iPod touch. Apple claims that iOS 4.2 will bring over 100 new features to the iPad, including multitasking, folders, a unified inbox, game center, AirPlay and AirPrint. The previous update, 4.1, was released in September.

Apple did include something a little surprising as part of today's update. Previously only available as part of Apple's premium MobileMe service ($100-a-year thank you very much), Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) is sure to be something all iDevice owners will like - especially the more absent minded among them. The handy little function can find your missing iPhone on a map, allow you to post a message to its screen or remotely set a password lock, and lets you wipe the data remotely if the handset has been swiped. However on the last line of the release, Apple included a caveat {spotted by our eagle-eyed Gordon Kelly} which says: “*The free Find My iPhone feature is available for iPhone 4, iPad or new iPod touch (4th generation).” - and not even an apology to any 3GS owners out there.

“iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “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.” Oh so modest Mr. Jobs, but we all know there are plenty of people out there who have a bullseye already painted around the Apple logo.

Anyway we’re sure that lots of people will be happy to finally have the update, especially iPad users who will find that multitasking quite handy. Some would question why it wasn’t available initially with the iPad, but we’re not those type of people. Really. iPhone 3GS users are also sure to be happy with the added functionality the update is supposed to bring considering the outcry among them following the iOS 4 launch during the summer.


November 22, 2010, 10:40 pm

ATM when I hit 'check for update' it says that it's up to date. Any idea when this thing is hitting itunes?


November 22, 2010, 11:23 pm

I'm liking the free find my iphone/ipod/ipad feature.

I'm wondering if I buy a couple of airport expresses could I have both playing different music, one from itunes from the computer and one using the new AirPlay feature? I suspect this can be done if both expresses are different networks, but what if they're on the same network?

@andy: 10am pacific time is when it is going live. about 20mins ago


November 22, 2010, 11:25 pm

Scrach that post update is now live

Rob 14

November 23, 2010, 12:40 am

That whole story was up several hours before the actual software was available, and if you re-read it, it's clearly evident that they haven't actually seen it yet. It was clearly just there so that TrustedReviews could leave the office for the day with the required headline on their site before anybody else.

Very disappointing guys. I've grown to expect better of your site.

David Gilbert

November 23, 2010, 1:10 am

@Rob Apple released its statement early today about the update - saying what was coming. What we then did was report about the update (which is kind of our job). You're right that when the story went live we hadn't seen the update working but neither did we comment on how it was working or whether it was good or bad. We simply gave people the news that the update was going to be available today and what people could expect.

Antonio 1

November 23, 2010, 1:52 am

After I installed it all the swicth funktions i.e swicth beetween wifi on/off did'nt work anymore :(

any wise word of help?

going to kontakt apple support tomorrow

Rob 14

November 23, 2010, 2:56 am

At no point in your article did you give any indication that it was 'going to be available', you gave every impression that it already was available. It just smelt a little too much of the 'You heard it here first' syndrome that too many media outlets allow themselves to become obsessed with. Look at your title and the opening sentence. Both would (and take it from me, did) have avid readers reaching for their synch cables and excitedly clicking the 'Update' button, only to be disappointed with the message that their version 4.1 was the most up to date current version.


November 23, 2010, 3:25 am

Went live at about 1800 so put it on my 3GS. I get a different voice memo icon and the ability to keep the ringer volume separate from the volume switches (useful and should have been there all along). Otherwise I think it's all about the same.

Occam's Razor

November 23, 2010, 4:57 am

Nearly very good. Shame you can't fully stream either home videos, iplayer or pornhub yet!


November 23, 2010, 8:32 am

@Occam's Razor

Actually, you can definitely do at least 2 out of those 3.

Rotation lock is really annoying but the rest is pretty standard and well implemented, it's nice to be able to organise apps into folders at last instead of flicking on for an eternity to get to GTA Chinatown Wars.

Hamish Campbell

November 23, 2010, 12:44 pm

@Jay : No idea about AirPlay, but I believe the new forked-mtdaap can do that, so if you have linux box lying around...

Glenn Gore

November 23, 2010, 1:53 pm

There really is no new functionality in this update for 3Gs users. Airplay doesn't work, contact-specific alert tones for text messaging does not work, and the free Find My iPhone doesn't work. That just leaves "bug fixes". I can find absolutely nothing new in this update for my 3Gs.


November 23, 2010, 2:08 pm

@Rob - no offence but was yesterday a bit of a grumpy day for you?

Apple released a press statement, TR reported the some news on that creating the most minor of issues because they failed to mention when it would be available. Big deal!


November 23, 2010, 2:39 pm

So the investigation begins: Who did take the jam out of @Robs doughnut?

I can confirm that the recurring alarm bug caused by the daylight savings has now been fixed with this update as it woke me up an hour early this morning, which was nice.

Jim Fulton

November 23, 2010, 4:30 pm

Tried the function which streams the iPod stuff on my 4G phone, to my hifi, via the WiFi network in the house. Nice idea, though I know I could do that already from my home computer. Being able to fast forward from the handset is better though. But then remote did that, right? Oh, I'm away for a lie down.


November 23, 2010, 4:53 pm

Updated iPad today. Multitasking provides a better experience if e.g. cutting and pasting between applications. AirPrint is for a disappointment since it seems limited to a list of compatible printers (mostly HP as far as I can see on forums). It will not detect either of the wireless printers I have on my network. A reminder that this is not a replacement for a laptop for 'business' users.


November 23, 2010, 10:27 pm

This took me a little while to figure out as I couldn't find any documentation so thought I would post up for any one else wondering.

To activate the 'Find My iPhone' service go to Setting > Mail, Contacts, Calendars (huh?!?) > Add Account... > mobileme. Log on with an Apple ID and turn Find My iPhone on.

You can then "find your iPhone" on the mobileme website (me.com) or by using the namesake app on any iOS device.

Hope no one ever has to use this.


November 24, 2010, 12:08 pm

Anyone know what 4.2.1 adds to the iPhone? So far: new text tones, three fonts in notepad, switch for volume ringer adjustment via buttons (or not), and a new icon for voice memos. Anything else?

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