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iOS 4.2 and new iPad
Apple uses a correct policy by releasing big updates of their existing devices - new owners will enjoy additional features, while experienced ones will appreciate the fact they are not forgotten. It's a win-win situation and everybody stays happy. Steve Jobs announced the update for iPad long time ago and yesterday when connecting a tablet to the PC we could finally see a popup window with the info related to iOS 4.2. I decided to cover the issue, because this software turns iPad into a more functional device. Here comes the new iPad. Sounds dramatic, but multitasking and other newly acquired features are important indeed.
I have already mentioned how multitasking is effected in iOS in a related article, but I will also make a video about how it works in iPad.
In iPad everything works in the same way and you can start as many apps as you wish. By pressing the button under the screen twice you activate the bar with running applications. Similar to iPhone this bar starts with an iPod icon followed by Play/Pause and track switch keys. You can adjust the brightness and volume of iPod here. It is cool as iPhone doesn't have the feature. The slider on the right side moves the device into the silent mode, while the screen orientation can be blocked with the button on that bar. The solution is absolutely spot on as I couldn't get accustomed that the slider should be only used to block the screen orientation changes.
The update takes around 500 МB, which requires 1.5 hours for download and installation. The list of changes is very extensive, so look at key points in iPad:
What do we get overall? We have the same iPad, but it is much better now. Several features may be not understandable enough, but in several days you will forget how you worked with it before the arrival of multitasking, even if it is vital not for every app. If you buy a system with AirPlay support you will transfer sound easily and in good quality. The printing is realized better, etc. It is a big and proper update, but I have the following ides. It seems that the company does not understand in which direction to develop the device. The update covers everything – sound, multitasking, multimedia, while business users are not ignored as well. At the moment iPad is developing as a parallel to iPhone and iPod Touch, but soon its particular features will be distinguished more prominently. For example, iPad can get additional corporate possibilities or special apps in the box. You never know. The update is a must have for all iPad owners.
Now I will briefly mention updates for iPhone/iPod Touch. It has a similar number 4.2 and its size is more than 600 MB. Among new features we have:
The update is compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch of the 2nd generation or higher. Somehow after the update all my music files disappeared.
The outcome is easy to analyze. iPad received a high quality update, while iPhone gets nice little add-ons. The files are too large though, so if your Internet connection is not the fastest, bear it in mind. I hope that iPad owners will share their impressions about iOS 4.2. on our forum.
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Published 29 November 2010
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