Apple releases updated operating system update for iPad

Nov 22, 2010
Guests play with the new Apple iPad during an Apple Special Event in San Francisco, California, in January 2010. Apple released the latest version of its mobile operating system Monday bringing multitasking, folders, a unified inbox and wireless printing to the iPad.

Apple released the latest version of its mobile operating system Monday bringing multitasking, folders, a unified inbox and wireless printing to the iPad.

Apple said iOS 4.2 for the iPad, the and iPad Touch offers more than 100 new features for the popular devices from the Cupertino, California-based company.

Apple chief executive said the upgraded software, which can be downloaded for free from online entertainment store , "makes the iPad a completely new product."

"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," Jobs said in a statement.

Apple got the jump on its competitors with the launch of the iPad in April but a number of rivals have launched, or are planning to launch, their own touchscreen tablet computers including South Korea's Samsung and Canada's , maker of the Blackberry.

Many of the features in iOS 4.2 were already available for the latest versions of the iPhone and the but not for the iPad.

Apple said iPad users can now switch between applications instantly and run more than one at a time, playing a music program like Pandora, for example, while running another application.

Applications can now be organized into folders with a drag-and-drop feature.

Email features a unified inbox for users with more than one account while "Game Center" lets users of the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch play against friends or other opponents and discover games that others are playing.

A new feature called "AirPlay" streams music, video and photos wirelessly from the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch to a television set equipped with Apple TV, Apple's TV set-top box.

"AirPrint" allows an iPad owner to wirelessly print documents or photos to AirPrint-enabled printers from US computer maker Hewlett-Packard.

Apple said Monday that 40,000 applications have been created for the and 300,000 for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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GSwift7
2.8 / 5 (5) Nov 22, 2010
"updated operating system update"

I think this is a redundantly repetitive headline, I think.

Do these guys speak English as a second language, or do they use google translator?
Noumenon
4.8 / 5 (48) Nov 22, 2010
I think this is a redundantly repetitive headline, I think.


As is this, "I think".
GSwift7
1 / 5 (1) Nov 22, 2010
Uh, I did that intentionally on purpose and intentionally.

'redundantly' and 'repetitive' too, in case you missed that one. :P

Now do you get the joke?
Noumenon
4.8 / 5 (47) Nov 22, 2010
Ya, I was purposely not being anti-unsarcastic. Wasn't it obvious.

Anyway, PhysOrg does not seem to work anymore on my iPad. Once the article loads it disappears. ??!!! I don't have a problem with any other site.
ormondotvos
not rated yet Nov 22, 2010
It's just evaluating the articles for you. Most of them should disappear...
DamienS
4 / 5 (4) Nov 23, 2010
I applaud Apple for giving us such revolutionary features as multitasking, folders and wireless communications to proprietary interfaces. What will they think of next?
Sternhammer
5 / 5 (2) Nov 23, 2010
"Apple got the jump on its competitors with the launch of the iPad in April…"

Surely this is misleading. Lots of manufacturers had tablets before Apple released the iPad it's just that no-one wanted to buy them. Now everyone is falling over themselves to copy Apple's formula.
Eikka
4 / 5 (4) Nov 23, 2010
The previous tablets were failures because they were business machines meant to run ugly business software, like interfacing a parts database on the factory floor - not for watching videos and updating your profile on facetube, even though that wasn't impossible. With 20/20 hindsight, a change in rhetorics and they would have sold like hotcakes.

Sometimes it takes offering less at a higher price, and calling it magic to get the people interested.