Latest iOS4.2 for iPhone, iPad And iPod touch is here! [Apple Developers Download iOS4.2 Beta]

By Jay Shah | Apple

This should be a big day for all Apple fans because the first betas of iOS 4.2 have just been launched. While this will bring AirPlay and AirPrint to both the iPhone and the iPad, the iPad is perhaps the biggest beneficiary with a host of much needed features now available on the tablet thanks to iOS 4.2.

What’s new with Beta iOS4.2 Update

Among the most impressive additions in the iOS 4.2 is AirPrint, which allows you to print wirelessly on a shared printer and also directly with some HP printers. This is however, only possible if your Apple device can multitask, which rules out the iPhone 3G. A new Print Center application has been introduced for this purpose.

The iPhone will get a new icon for Apple’s Voice Memos, new modem firmware and a revamped Notes application, thanks to the iOS 4.2.

The iOS 4.2 finally brings some very important features that iPhone 4 and iPod Touch currently possess. Among them the most important ones are perhaps the multitasking ability and creation of folders. Now you can easily run applications in the background and manage them individually by tapping the home button twice.

If you drag icons on the home screen of the iPad, so that they get piled on top of each other, a folder gets created automatically. This will allow you to clear up the look of your home screen and also group similar icons for easier access when needed. The best part is that, due to the large size of the tablet’s home screen, each folder can be made to hold 20 icons, as opposed to 12 in the iPhone!

A new Spotlight search has also been introduced. You can find this under the General Settings panel and there is an option to categorize search results according to various heads such as Contacts, Apps, Podcasts, Notes, Mail and many more.

There are several new restrictions for you to choose from. For example, you can use EDGE instead of 3G on the iPad to save battery life, if you don’t need super fast browsing. You can also regulate changes to Location and mail settings.

You can also turn off Spell Checking on the iPad. A ‘large text’ option has been added, which can increase font sizes for Mail, Notes and Contacts up to 56pt.

  • iOS 4.2 beta (iPad)
  • iOS 4.2 beta (iPhone4)
  • iOS 4.2 beta (iPhone 3GS)
  • iOS 4.2 beta (iPhone 3G)
  • iOS 4.2 beta (iPod touch 4G)
  • iOS 4.2 beta (iPod touch 3G)
  • iOS 4.2 beta (iPod touch 2G)

Even though this is a just a beta, the iOS 4.2 will surely make many iPad users happy. Developers can download this pre-release iOS4.2 version by visiting developers.apple.com.

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Jay simply loves any tech that can make life easier, better, faster and more enjoyable. And with hundreds if not thousands of Gadgets, Apps, Games being launched everyday, there's more than enough out there to keep this hardcore techie occupied and obsessed!

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John Fretwell October 20, 2010

Hi

As your device moves away from a cell it gets instructed to increase its power, once this reaches a certain point it will get instructed to handover to another cell which has better quality. This cell could be a 2g or 3g cell and you may be closer to a 3G cell than you are to a Edge cell but because you have forced it to stay on Edge the phone will stay on edge and be forced to keep its power at a high level to maintain the call. Eventually if you run out of Edge coverage your call will drop even though you may have a 3G cell close by.

There is no difference to Edge or 3g for battery life of the phone, the cell just broadcasts a frequency to your mobile phone so limiting your device to Edge only you can actually decrease the battery life. Your phone should be set to 2g or 3g, this way if there are 2g and 3g cells in the network you belong to then your phone will have the capability of moving between these cells depending on the quality.

If you are unlucky enough to live or work on a cell edge or on a border of cells then your device will be continuously on high power. This could also mean that the EC/NO (noise) levels are high because everyone else close by is also on the cell edge. This high EC/NO would also decrease your bandwidth capabilities, you would probably only notice this though if you were trying to download a large file. If you ever notice your voice call quality is not so good even though your phone is showing full bars it will normally be because of EC/NO levels.

There are a lot more details to this than what i have mentioned but basically, leave your phone to roam between 2g and 3g to save on battery power.

Regards

John

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Hatagoh September 18, 2010

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