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November 11, 2010 at 5:40 am #7925AnonymousInactive
iOS 4.2, where iPhone meets iPad
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Here’s a handy summary of what’s expected in iOS 4.2:
This is a more polished version of AirTunes. With AirPlay, as Jobs described at a September press conference, you can stream
audio, video, and photos over Wi-Fi to other devices on your network. That includes your iPhone, iPod, and iPad, but also
Apple TV. The way Jobs described it, you could be watching a movie on your iPad, hit pause, turn on AirPlay, and pick up the
movie right where it left off on your Apple TV.
Netflix, which makes iPhone and iPad apps, and is available on Apple TV, already does this even without AirPlay. But will
AirPlay functionality work with other non-iTunes content? Either with music-streaming services like Pandora or Hulu Plus? We
don’t know if app makers will need to individually support AirPlay in their apps, or if it’s included by default.
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And where do apps fits in? Apple TV does not have App Store access–yet anyway–so being able to play games or open apps on a
large screen TV via AirPlay would certainly increase the appeal of Apple TV in its current incarnation.
iOS 4.2 also brings the ability to print to any networked printer from an iOS device. AirPrint works over Wi-Fi, will
automatically sniff out a printer on your network, and doesn’t require any added drivers.
We do know that Apple has struck an agreement with Hewlett-Packard, which will enable all its newest printers to work with
This is a pretty big deal for iPad users. Apple has sold it as a productivity device, and pushed productivity apps, but
provided no easy way to print directly from it. Of course the advent of AirPlay simultaneously cuts out several app
developers who created apps to enable printing from the iPad.
Multitasking and more for iPad
iOS 4.2 brings the stuff that came to the iPhone in iOS 4 to the iPad. Yes, that means multitasking (the ability to run
multiple apps simultaneously), folders for organizing apps, and Game Center access.
Apple has also added a way to adjust the brightness from within an app as part of the multitasking bar. Previously users
would have had to leave whatever app they had open and dig through the device’s settings menu.
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