HotHardware Takes A Detailed Look At iOS 4.2

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News Posted: Tue, Dec 14 2010 10:14 AM
As far as iOS releases go, this is just about as big as they come. Not since the iPhone OS revision that introduced Apple's App Store to the original iPhone has there been a buzz surrounding one of Apple's iOS releases, and for good reason. Much in the same way that Android 2.2 had significant impact on the path of Android's future, iOS 4.2 will surely dictate some of iOS' future. iOS 4.2 is significant in that it's the first major operating system update for the iPad, which was released in March. It's also timely. iOS4.2 is brings true, native multi-tasking to the iPad just in time for the holidays.

Do these updates make the iPad worth re-visiting if you skipped over it the first time? If you'll recall, we actually stated in our original iPad review that the iPad's potential was greater than its current level of execution. We knew that a more robust version of iOS could turn the iPad into a true tablet powerhouse. Is iOS 4.2 the OS build to finally do that? And does it make the already-hot selling iPhone 4 and iPod touch any more attractive than the already are? Let's find out.
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LLeCompte replied on Tue, Dec 14 2010 4:59 PM

iOS 4.2 speeds up the iphone 3g, but not by much. Its also aggravating when you try to update the phone and the 3g wont take it, so you restore the iPhone and all the settings from before are gone. People talking about how android is fragmented, but iOS is fragmented also. Now on the 3gs it speeds the phone up, but its not the case for the 3g. At least with android if the older unit cant run the update, it isnt forced on it.

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