Find that trendy USB cable, people. iOS 4.2 has been released for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. For iPad owners, this ushers in a new age of tablet use. An age where people can put all their Apps in folders, use Game Center, multi-task, switch Apps quicker with a double tap of the Home button, and enjoy the fruits of a unified e-mail inbox. If you own an iPhone or iPod touch, 4.2 is still a worthwhile update which includes tons of little fixes, tweaks, and the addition of things like AirPrint and AirPlay.

iOS developers have had builds of 4.2 in their hands for some time, so you'll notice that a lot of your games will already have the functionality built in as soon as you update your iPad's firmware via iTunes. It's not a stretch to expect that the more on-the-ball developers, such as ZeptoLabs, will add the functionality soon-ish.

While this is a big day for iPad owners, we should note that nothing of substance is being seen for the first time here. All the functionality of iOS 4.2 has been completely dissected by users who have been fiddling with the developer builds over the past few weeks. Earlier this month, TiPB offered a great synopsis of everything new and exciting in iOS 4.2 for both the iPad and iPhone which are worth checking out if you're new to this whole 4.2 thing.

Give it a try and let us know what you think! I'm upgrading as you're reading this and salivating over the opportunity to put my messes of apps in folders on my iPad like a civilized human being.

  • 3faced

    FINALLY!!!

  • HawkEyeTS

    Waiting for the jailbreak to be updated before I do anything, but I do have one question someone here might know a definitive answer to. The answer is probably no, but is there any part of AirPlay that allows a video to be streamed from a computer to an iPad? Everything so far has been from an iPad to say an AppleTV, but copying 600-1200MB video files just to watch once is a real pain, so I was hoping for the iPad to get the streaming functionality the AppleTV already has.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Download Air Video - http://www.inmethod.com/

      Before Netflix was released, it was by far my #1 most-used iPad app. Still very useful, it can even stream from your computer at home to your iPhone via 3G. Quality over 3G is mediocre, but it's still pretty nuts that it works at all. On an iPad over WiFi everything looks fantastic.

    • HawkEyeTS

      For whatever reason I can't reply to your post below, but I've tried both Air Video and its (at this point) superior cousin StreamToMe. Air Video, unfortunately, cannot stream any video files afflicted with iTunes' DRM though, and StreamToMe can only do it with a messy Safari hack which has some limitations. It's usable, but obviously not ideal. I guess it was too much to hope that Apple might add the AppleTV streaming functionality to the iPad along with the renting.

      • Chris

        My I suggest ripping the movies if you have them i DVD, or getting them through Torrents then using "Handbrake" to format them to size and bit-rate you want.

      • Boo

        Just get VLC.... it's free and uses way less effort. To hell with handbrake.

      • HawkEyeTS

        You are all missing the point. I have long since mastered the device for streaming any regular video file I could possibly desire. The issue is that iTunes' DRMed (and thus hard to stream) files are 600-1500MB each. To have to transfer them to the iPad any time I want to watch them in decent quality is a pain and takes a long time via USB. And although space concerns for a single episode or two are not an issue at the moment, it may eventually be an issue when I have more applications installed. I'd simply like to see feature parity across the devices and let iPhones/iTouches and iPads be able to stream from home sharing like the AppleTV does.

      • Anonymous

        USB takes too long? lol

      • HawkEyeTS

        I only have usb 1.1 noob. do apple expect me to buy a new computer as well as an ipad. I will have to leave my porn collection on my pc for now.

      • Badison

        is it man porn??

      • Anonymous

        @hawkeye - haha, gotcha

        (for the record the comment above about man porn is someone else using the same account name as me)

      • Badison

        ^^^ this guy is an imposter I am the real Badison (used the name since 1996 on irc). Im not too sure how he is able to post as me. can the mods stop him. BTW Hawkeyets sill has not answered me......

      • Badison

        @Badison-1996-irc

        Haha, sure you did. In any case, I guess we have the same name. Oh well.

      • Badison

        quote "I guess we have the same name. Oh well. "

        Your name is MacGyver Badison as well??? Small world..... please stop posting as me. I see the mods have highlighted your last posts in red as to draw attention to the imposter posts. mods please make the 1st one black that was me.

      • HawkEyeTS

        You are correct in your thinking. it is indeed the porn of the type you described. what other type of porn would anyone load on an ipad?

      • HawkEyeTS

        Wonderful, I have a troll using my name and trying to make me look like an idiot. Believe it or not, transferring GBs of files over USB, even 2.0, takes a while. Ever try restoring a 32GB iPhone? It's a quite long process, despite being "fast" in comparison to other methods.

      • HawkEyeTS

        and another thing my love of ipads and male porn is somthing i take very seriously..................I am very angy at the way this thread has panned out. . I have been a pro gamer for a long time and have played in clans since COD MW2. I deseverve and demand a lot more respect.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/badison Badison

        USB 2 - fair enough

        Troll - hahaha, yeah there's definitely someone doing that. This is why I registered my name (during my last reply and added a link to the account) heh.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/badison Badison

        USB 2 - fair enough

        Troll - hahaha, yeah there's definitely someone doing that. This is why I registered my name (during my last reply and added a link to the account) heh.

  • fafner

    Now I can play Lego Harry Potter!!

    • Heloo

      awww a 5 year old

  • Anonymous

    And I can play Mushihimesama!

  • Zuzax

    I'm impressed at how fast the update downloaded, given that there are millions of people hammering their servers right now.

    • Monsieur_tran

      me too! I was expecting it to take HOURS, not 15 minutes. good show!

  • RegularStormy

    The Creeps! HD now supports Game Center!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=774507787 Zach Williams

    The biggest news in this for iPhone users is that Find My iPhone is now a free service on the iPhone 4. I'm very pleased that Apple finally decided to separate this from it's $100/year MobileMe subscription.

    • Zwilnik

      Every iOS user should have this enabled now it's free. Just on the offchance that your device is lost or stolen.

      Hopefully criminals will start to notice that every iOS device they steal results in them being tracked and they'll start to avoid them ;)

      • thewiirocks

        They'll just learn to pop the SIM and enable Airplane mode until they wipe it. :-(

      • hawkmankt

        You bet they'll learn that now that you've given them exact instructions. Great work!

      • Mj18

        Maybe thats why Apple wanted to have the SIM soldered on!

      • Zuzax

        If it's posted on a game blog, you can bet that the badguys have already figured it out.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/badison Badison

        True, but a number of bad guys are idiots haha.

        @OP

        I'm about to do the same.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/badison Badison

        True, but a number of bad guys are idiots haha.

        @OP

        I'm about to do the same.

      • Blah

        Yeah...I'm sure they never, ever would have figured it out by themselves!

  • http://twitter.com/drelbs Rob Wilson

    Speaking about using Game Center, can we finally turn off Game Center notifications? I have to turn my ringer off at night for fear of my wife killing me because of the fanfare going off...

    • Little White Bear Studios

      You've always been able to turn them off. It's under Notifications in the Settings app. :)

      • http://twitter.com/drelbs Rob Wilson

        I have all notifications turned off, but still get the trumpet noise unless I have the ringer switch off.

      • Little White Bear Studios

        Mine hasn't made the noise since I went to the Game Center section of the Notifications, and turned off the Sounds option for it.

      • http://twitter.com/drelbs Rob Wilson

        Hmm. I checked and they're all off (and notifications in general, had to turn it on to see what was on and off. ;)) I'm gonna try turning them on, then off again.

  • Markie4eyez

    I'm in the u.k
    And it has not shown in my iTunes yet
    Whats goin on
    Any one from uk got there update yet

    • Yacoub_saleh

      hey, it has been relased i just checked connect your i phone of i pad and see it wil say a newer version of 4.2 is availble :-) in from birmingham the uk and its out mate

  • http://twitter.com/nicholsonb Brad Nicholson

    Ha! Folders. My OCD is pleased.

  • Icepulse

    Two other interesting additions:

    A) Core MIDI support
    B) "Rotation Lock" switch is now the "mute" switch (I wouldn't call this an improvement).

    • 3faced

      i agree with your assessment of B)... i actually really appreciated a dedicated hard switch for orientation lock and was fine with holding down the volume rocker for 2 seconds to mute. i'd beg for the option to set switch functions but that will probably be fruitless.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Montgomery-Gabrys/1085446349 Montgomery Gabrys

        I'm not upgrading until they fix that (I use that switch a LOT). MIDI is tempting, if I can get more info on what I'd need to make it practical, but at the moment folders and a bunch of useless features aren't temping me (printing? um - it's a screen meant to help me not use paper - why am I PRINTING?) - and I use my iPad AS a TV so all the video-out options are pointless.5 gestures instead of a flick of a switch is NOT a user-interface improvement (hint - it's not a cellphone - I don't take calls on it, and it doesn't go everywhere with me - like, um - my CELLPHONE).

      • Sticktron

        That's likely something that's very easy to do for jailbroken devices-- if I had an iPad I'd do it for you right now ;)

      • thewiirocks

        We need to start a petition over B. That was quite possibly one of the most useful features in the iPad!

      • Chris

        Agreed. *gets flaming touch and a poster board sign* Give us back our dedicated Mute Button Apple!

    • http://twitter.com/drelbs Rob Wilson

      I'm pretty excited about MIDI support! I'd rather be able to use my old Oxygen8 keyboard on the go than having to shell out another $100 for the Synthstation25... (Which I may end up doing anyways;))

  • Icepulse

    Has anyone noticed a discernible decrease in battery life?

    Lord knows 4.x has crushed the life from my iPhone's battery charge. It feels like I lost 1/4 to 1/3 of the longevity.

  • CSJ

    Nothing of substance? Are you joking?

    1) Safari now allows in-page search.
    2) New text message alert tones, customizable per contact.
    3) WIRELESS PRINTING.

    • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

      Also completely broken sorting of TV shows, so it's not all good.

      • Chris

        I was wondering when someone was going to mention that >:D

  • Noah

    Update my iPad to 4.2 and lose my Jailbreak? No thanks! :)

    • Doh

      dirty theif

      • Noah

        Jailbreak != Thief.

        Jailbreak = Ability to customize the iPad exactly as one wishes.

  • http://twitter.com/Jakeshore98 Jake Shore

    IT BROKE MY IPOD!

    • Guest

      lol

  • Keslus

    Does this update fix the covert wifi power drainage??

  • http://twitter.com/nachoslocos Mike

    I'm still not convinced to get an iPad. This 4.2 "update" brings useless things for me. I really hope iPad 2 has something more than a camera to offer. This "update" is also useless for my 3rd gen iPod touch. I doesn't fix jack, just more problems. I wish I could get into this whole "fanboy" thing and overlook it's faults, but I can't. :(

    • Sticktron

      Getting on iOS4 is a big deal man; you now have multitasking, folders, among other core OS improvements.

      • Chris

        It is a huge deal, sadly it just finishes the product when before it felt incomplete. Three cheers for iOS 4.3 and what will come with that update. More importantly; updating the iWork Suite on the device so that we can sync organized folders to the device, and preserve the folders rather than having a laundry list of docs. It would be nice not having to pay 99 dollars a year to use iDisk so we can have some type of folder system for organization.

  • Anonymous

    Two things I care most about this update: 1) find my iphone for free 2) find words in webpages in safari

    When will we get our lock screen widgets? >:o

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Ruddock/654075778 Ben Ruddock

      How do you find words in Safari? I can't see an option or button anywhere...

      • Richard Kapp

        Type into the Search Field (Google) and then select "Find in page" on the dropdown...

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Ruddock/654075778 Ben Ruddock

    AHHHHH! The Voice Memo icon has changed, what the hell Apple!? After years of getting used to what my home page looks like it now looks weird!

  • Y Onyc

    does this take up space for your device or what?

    • Y Onyc

      does it take 600mb away from your memory?

      • Olly10

        cant remember

  • weaksauce

    I swear I tried to dl an app more than a week ago that stopped me and said it needed 4.2 - before it was out. Someone had their timing off.

  • guest

    "Find that trendy USB cable, people." What does that sentence even mean?

  • Jnraspiller

    Just to clarify the orientation lock turned mute button thing...it doesn't mute everything, just the bells and whistles that go off when you get new notifications. You can still hear music and videos. Holding down the volume bar does a full mute.