iOS 4.2

Apple jumps the iOS 4.2 gun - updated

November 22, 2010: 1:12 PM ET

Announces the arrival of the iPad's new operating system without delivering the downloads

[UPDATE: The announcement that iOS 4.2 "is available" was issued at 8:30 a.m. EST, news that was dutifully reported as fact by several media outlets, including the New York Times. According to MacWorld, Apple told them the update would arrive at 1 p.m. EST. We got it at 1:14.

The big surprise in Monday's press release, copied in full below, is that the Find My iPhone service is now free to all users, even those who haven't paid for a MobileMe account.]

CUPERTINO, California—November 22, 2010—Apple today announced that iOS 4.2, the latest version of the world's most advanced mobile operating system, is available today for download for iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®. iOS 4.2 brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint.

"iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit."


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