Apple iOS 4.2 Review: Refinement and Enablement
Introduction: What's New With iOS 4.2?
It also shows that Apple is serious about innovating their mobile OS platform. Some features that were missing in earlier builds, but patched via third-party solutions, are now being addressed head-on by Apple in iOS 4.2. Granted, the OS is made for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad, but it obviously has the greatest impact on the latter. The iPod touch and iPhone have enjoyed some level of iOS 4 (and thus, multi-tasking) for months now. The only hand-held left out of that party was the iPad. But with this release, everything changes.
Here's what iOS 4.2 delivers:
- True, native multi-tasking on iPad
- Folder support on iPad
- Unified Inbox for iPad (see multiple e-mail accounts in one, main view)
- Game Center (think Xbox LIVE integration, but for Apple's App Store)
- AirPlay (enables iPad-to-TV streaming over the Apple TV, or music/media streaming to any other AirPlay-certified receiver, speaker set, TV, dock, etc.)
- AirPrint (lets your print to AirPrint-certified printers right from your iPad, over Wi-Fi)
- Updated Safari (support for accelerometer-based actions)
- Large Text option & "Web Rotor" (added Accessibility improvements)
- Support for Multiple Exchange e-mail accounts
- "Find my iPhone" (or iPad) service is now free (previously required $99/year MobileMe subscription)