iOS 4.2 Features on iPhone and iPad

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If you’ve not heard, iOS 4.2 was released yesterday. Before you can update that on your iPhone though, you’ll be prompted to download iTunes 10.1 if you’ve not already got the latest version. You can grab the latest copy of iTunes from here. So what’s cool about the new version? Here are some of the latest enhancements:-

  • Multitasking on iPad
  • Folders on iPad
  • AirPrint
  • AirPlay
  • Find My iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  • Game Center
  • iTunes TV show rentals
  • Even better Mail
  • Find text on web pages
  • Notes with fonts
  • Reply to calendar invitations
  • Keyboard and dictionary enhancements
  • Accessibility enhancements
  • Enhanced enterprise support
  • Messaging with text tones

The update on the iPad would be the biggest update since it now supports multitasking and pretty much similar to most of the stuff on the iPhone. Also the switch on the iPad’s side that has been used to lock the screen rotation becomes a mute switch, like that of iPhone and iPod.

Personally, I don’t find much difference with the latest iOS update on my iPhone 3GS. The things that I liked though is that I can finally search for texts in the Safari browser and the new free Find My iPhone app which you need to download from the App Store. Unfortunately though, this app is currently only supported on the iPhone 4, iPad and iPod Touch. That means the older generation models like iPhone 3GS would not be able to use this feature. Anyhow, Find My iPhone allows you to locate your phone and even remotely lock the device, or wipe it to permanently delete all of your data if you think that it won’t be returned. Check out this link for a good walkthrough guide on how to setup Find My iPhone for the first time on your iPhone 4, iPad or iPod Touch.

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