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iPad's big upgrade: The top iOS 4.2 features

Apple iPad with iOS 4.2 installed

Apple has released the first major software update for the iPad. This slide show offers a peek at the most important new features.

Photo credit: Apple

Also read the companion article:
The iPad's big upgrade: Top 10 iOS 4.2 features for business

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Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.

20 comments
bobslorach
bobslorach

I cannot print from my wireless HP F4580. As the 'Find printer' does not find the printer. Can anyone help?

johnb299
johnb299

There is a list of printers that will work with the iPad on the HP site. They are the ones with the "ePrint" feature. I am sure that your model will not work. Look for the D110, B210 and about 5 more with ePrint.

jayohem
jayohem

A PEEK at the upgrade! Somebody trusted Spellcheck again. Peaks are those things we fly over in the airplane. A peek is what we're afraid those TSA people are doing when they scan us at the airport.

eyesak
eyesak

It is a big upgrade! - nice. A bigger upgrade when they get printing to work. It has clicked up a couple of notches on my "Like IT" gauge.

rksharma
rksharma

Nothing new for the over priced device. Others systems have had these features for many years.

mark
mark

Still no RDP?

jj2mtn
jj2mtn

Some nice features, but still no flash. Just bought a Galaxy Pad because Apple won't get their shit together. Glad I didn't go for all the hype on an inferior product.

jboughton29
jboughton29

Personally, I find it hard for them to do a 180 and support Flash. After all the criticism Steve dished out about Flash, for him to turn around and embrace it could look pretty bad. Who knows, they could do it begrudgedly and claim that they "listened to their customers" but we'll see....

kalsa1962
kalsa1962

Another big item is language support and many new international keyboards

Aled
Aled

hmmm, of this article, I must say I find it repetitious and light on detail. There are also several screenshots such as games, which I already have on my humble iPod. I had hoped to see more about the multitasking. Sorry for the criticism, but without feedback, nobody learns. . .

bob
bob

I think you mean "peek".

erruve
erruve

I thinking the Galaxy is a win with its more convenient size. I'm going to wait for the next generation (unless it arrives as a gift!), but I think it better suits my life. Folders -> nice. It's good to be organized. Printing -> nice once it's supported by printers I can't wait to see al this on the tablet size I prefer.

geoff.cartwright
geoff.cartwright

LOL! Not according to Wikipedia. (a colourless organic polymer thermoplastic) Well Spotted.

kronckew
kronckew

wow! AMAZING! Jobs does it again! Multitasking, Folders! bet all you windows peasants wished you had that - er, oops, you already did. well, we can now print some things, unlike, er...oh, well. but best of all, we can erase each other's vital work and data remotely. won't that be fun. at least you have backups justincase - don't you? now, let's see where the boss went on his lunch break with the finder. bet his secretary is there at the motel too. :) wonder if his wife knows. i'll email her the codes and she can see for herself. thank you, steve!

DNSB
DNSB

Hmm... you did read the "Windows Phone 7" in my comment? I take it that you are unaware of the factoid that Windows Phone 7 in it's current incarnation lacks both copy/paste and multitasking? No need for comments about the limitation of my hardware or lack of ability to puzzle out how to use a feature. It just ain't there. As for the Apple touchscreen? Last time I looked it was a capacitive touchscreen not an IR (infra-red) touchscreen. The tests I saw used both a human finger and then a robotic stylus to drawn on the screen. As much as test of the underlying firmware as the touchscreen hardware itself. Check for the item where Synaptics tested the iPhone vs. the original Blackberry Storm and found Apple's custom firmware was likely the reason the iPhone outperformed the Storm. Oh, but they couldn't have tested the iPhone -- a stylus couldn't have worked from what you posted. Do some research. There are styluses designed for use with capacitive screens. They will work on the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. And yes, there are ruggedized milspec tablets out there. With equally milspec price tags more suited to tactical nukes, prices tags that few private individuals would care to afford. The iPad lets me have a relatively inexpensive device that does 99% of what I need in the field. For the serious work, I have my desktop. With the latest update, the iPad does even more of what I need. Got to use Airplay today and beats hoping that your mini-HDMI port, adapter and cable will work with the customer's equipment. Anyhow time to end this since you've convinced me your level of expertise is about the same as the temperature is going to be in Edmonton when the Grey Cup kicks off.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

My HTC P4000 ran Windows Mobile 5.0 and it offered copy and paste, with accurate input for cursive handwriting AND sketch to line drawing recognition. My Nokia Surge isn't even really a smart phone, more of a text phone running Symbian and it also offers copy and paste functionality. My Blackberry (gawd at least 6 years ago now) offered copy and paste. My Motorola MC50 AND MC 70 both offered copy and paste (at nearly $3K a piece they should though). I would suggest it's either a limitation of your hardware or perhaps a feature you haven't figured it out yet, copy and paste functionality was in Windows mobile years ago. [i]Seems every test I've seen shows the iPhone/iPod Touch screen as having the best accuracy. [/i] You are only comparing multitouch screens, not the touch screen technology it works upon, where IR is proven hideous compared to 4 or 5 wire capacitive or resistive touch. I have been invested in touch screen technology long before iPhones were even a seed. My knowledge is first hand on the subject from personal experience and knowledge of the manufacturers and their faults and advantages. IR touch is long out of date and is the most inaccurate touch system, which is still in use for some very specific and less demanding applications. The company that Apple bought failed and filed for bankruptcy because of the inaccuracy (false input) of using IR for touch and they lost a massive government bid to Elo touch systems. IR is the foundation that makes Multi-touch [i](a Canadian invention later patented by Apple, well at least the spelling with a capital M is Apple's anyway, the actual chips are patented and provided by another company ?!)[/i] Apple's 'acquired' technology, failed in implementation, different touch system have VERY different purposes and strengths. Then they exported them into the US, against strict contract obligations to the actual patent holder, and refused to pay the fees associated with them, then were sued, then continued to do it. So anyone trying to convince you that Apple pioneered this system and others are copying them, is grossly delusional. Anyone who feels it is ACCURATE (it is anything BUT accurate) is also grossly delusional. Why people believe the crap that a vendor spews to promote their product as cutting edge is beyond me, only fools waddle down that Lemming's pathway. Have you ever wondered WHY Apple isn't able to use a stylus for input? And it's not because they think multi-touch is cooler, their system is far from having accurate enough input, it's very basic KIOSK technology at best. Have you wondered WHY the company they bought out had gone into bankruptcy because their technology failed and they could not keep up with touch leaders ELO/Tyco? they were 5 years behind the pack and that was nearly 10 years ago now! Time to do a little homework I think; if touch technology actually interests you and you're not just being a putz defending Apple for some ridiculous reason, start with this to see what is actually available elsewhere. http://www.elotouch.com/Technologies/default.asp http://www.elotouch.com/Products/Touchscreens/ "As for the full OS, HDMI, etc. ad nauseum you are whimpering about, that might be why the iPad has the battery life and sells the way it does. Too many features used by too few end users are not a great sales feature." To who? mass market consumers or business users? I fill multimillion dollar RFP's for enterprises all the time, almost every one of them strictly forbids bidding iPad's as they do not meet their business needs, every vertical I can think of can't use them. Those that don't block bids, still wouldn't buy them when faced with competitive technology, even though iPads are comparatively a dime a dozen. Battery life? Not even an issue nor a consideration for most companies, they buy larger capacity spare batteries and 12V chargers with them if absolutely needed for longer shifts. [i]"If I want a portable device to show photos to customers hot from the camera, to read tech manuals or just a book, check my email (personal and corporate), to browse the web -- strangely, I've found the lack of Flash to go almost unnoticed, or just to play a game or two while waiting for the airliner, the iPad is my device of choice."[/i] So your needs are so basic that pretty much any mobile device will do the job anyway. My original comment was that they are NOT leaders, they are NOT cutting edge and far more has been done already (in reply to someone suggesting they were pioneering the marketplace), care to prove otherwise? [i]"Your postings show a rather fanatical anti-Apple bias/[/i] Just a little taste of reality for people who think they are on the cutting edge, such as the person who I had replied to claimed before you tried to stick your oar in too. http://www.gd-itronix.com/index.cfm?locale=en_US&page=Products:Tablets http://www.ruggedtabletpc.com/products/xtablet-t8700-rugged-tablet-pc/ Just two of at least a dozen. Seriously, iPad? I don't think so! :D

DNSB
DNSB

Copy and paste? Such a basic feature that it is not in Windows Phone 7. Oddly my first Blackbery didn't have that feature either. Input accuracy? Seems every test I've seen shows the iPhone/iPod Touch screen as having the best accuracy. Got a source for your claim? Most that I have seen pretty much mirror the Moto Labs results ( http://www.androidpolice.com/2010/03/25/moto-labs-team-hires-c-3po-to-perform-screen-accuracy-tests-iphone-n1-eris-best-droid-pre-storm-2-worst/ ). As for the full OS, HDMI, etc. ad nauseum you are whimpering about, that might be why the iPad has the battery life and sells the way it does. Too many features used by too few end users are not a great sales feature. If I want those features, that's what my full size laptop is for. If I want a portable device to show photos to customers hot from the camera, to read tech manuals or just a book, check my email (personal and corporate), to browse the web -- strangely, I've found the lack of Flash to go almost unnoticed, or just to play a game or two while waiting for the airliner, the iPad is my device of choice. Your postings show a rather fanatical anti-Apple bias. Just as unpleasant as the pro-Apple, pro-Linux, pro-Windows, etc. fanatics.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

[i]"Apple seems to me to be leading in new technology in this day in age, while most other companies start their process from picking up the pieces and using the first look of user thoughts and reviews to try and redesign the software. "[/i] Since Apple was far from the first company to produce a tablet, an is the only one that has provided one with such incredibly limited features, I don't know how you can say that, unless it was just sarcasm. Maybe, as you suggest of Kronckew, you are just not up to date on technology or as opposed to Kronckew you simply don't see past the Apple logo. [i]"while most other companies start their process from picking up the pieces and using the first look of user thoughts and reviews to try and redesign the software. "[/i] What brochure did you read that rubbish in? Um, that's EXACTLY what Apple has done with almost every iToy they've released. iPod was horrific until they responded to user complaints and needs, well it is still a horrible music player but at least it does more than it used to. The iPhone couldn't even copy and paste text when it came out! An absolute BASIC function of every device on the market with a keyboard. Over several future releases, they BEGAN to catch up to the rest and offer usable features but they STILL can't provide the input accuracy of most quality screens, due to their use of an outdated technology they bought real cheap. iPad has so far to go before it can stand up against real tablets that they have little hope of ever seeing it. With full OS's, HMDI, USB, Printer connections, fast processors, larger HD's, GPS, highly secured WifFi even RFID and imaging abilities, iPad isn't even an infant in that world yet, perhaps a gestating fetus but not a player. Apple leads nobody, Apple comes out late in the game, offers less than others and claims to be cutting edge. I think you've been drinking way too much of Jobs' KoolAid if you actually see Apple as anything more than an stripped down clone of devices that have been out and offer more for ages already. I'll give it to them, they have offered some useful features and some that seem rather senseless and invasive, with this revision, but they still have a long way to go before they can compete with the enterprise tablet market that they don't even come near yet.

sharpear
sharpear

You can track more than just Ipads; smartphones have always had a feature like this "GPS". Kronckew is not up to date on technology it seems and he just hates apple products. Apple seems to me to be leading in new technology in this day in age, while most other companies start their process from picking up the pieces and using the first look of user thoughts and reviews to try and redesign the software. I am sure there is more protection to this than you think. Requiring a username and password logging into a website, registering your ipad to the account, etc with an access log. Which would also be how the remote access is to delete all files. Blackberry Enterprise server already has a feature like this. If I loose 1 I just lock it and wipe remotely.

sars42
sars42

Is it true that, as implied by Kronckew, we can track other people's IPads? That would make "keeping the sales force on their toes" an interesting proposition.