Apple iOS 4.1 release next week, 4.2 for iPad in November

Apple announced today during their live stream broadcast about the upcoming iOS 4.1 for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The new improvements include fixes for a lot of security issues, bugs and adds a lot of additional features. iOS 4.1 will include GameCenter, which allows you and your friends to play games together by sending invites, which notify you in-game.

Among the new options, is Apple's HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology. The new addition to iOS 4.1 takes three photos, one under exposed, and another over exposed. The software algorithm overlays the images, allowing you to view more detail in each image. Users will get a chance to select which photo they like better, the standard photo, or the HDR image.

Apple also announced iOS 4.1 will be available next week on iTunes, and is a free upgrade.

Apple demonstrated and showed off iOS 4.2. iOS 4.2 will be available for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, the first 4.x update for the iPad since it's launch in April. The update will bring functions like printing and AirPlay, so you can stream your video and audio right over WiFi. iOS 4.2 is scheduled for release in November 2010.

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PsykX said,
HDR isn't available on my iPhone 3GS it seems. Or is my firmware wrong somehow?

The firmware 4.1 will be available for public next week.

Now that I've eaten the forbidden fruit from the Jailbreaking community, I will have to wait until 4.1 has a JB available before upgrading. Oh, hum.

"The update will bring functions like printing and AirPlay, so you can stream your video and audio right over WiFi. iOS 4.2 is scheduled for release in November 2010."

Uh oh..poor developers of AirVideo, StreamToMe and all that, because people will just use the free version coming on iOS 4.2

:: Lyon :: said,
"The update will bring functions like printing and AirPlay, so you can stream your video and audio right over WiFi. iOS 4.2 is scheduled for release in November 2010."

Uh oh..poor developers of AirVideo, StreamToMe and all that, because people will just use the free version coming on iOS 4.2

I doubt it will do real time transcoding and will probably only stream mp4 files. I will enjoy it for music though

The new operating system (4.1) for iPhone and iPod touch comes with the following features:

- High Dynamic Range photos: The phone will take three photos in rapid succession -- one at what the phone thinks is the normal image, one underexposed and the third overexposed. The image is then combined to create the high dynamic image. Mel Martin demonstrated the power of this type of program in July.

- Bug fixes including those relating to the proximity sensor, Bluetooth and the iPhone 3G.

- High-definition video upload over Wi-Fi.

- TV show rentals and purchase

- Game Center debut

Chrono951 said,
Why is the iPad update taking so long?

My bet : They're pretty different systems because of the different hardware and resolution and hardware features, so Apple took the iPhone firmware, created a new branch in parallel and developed the OS for the iPad along with the branch for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

From 4.2 and on, I think the iOS releases will be synchronized between the iPhone and the iPad. Pretty sure they merged the two branches together just now.

Kinda upset that the iPad upgrade to iOS 4.2 won't be until November - seriously tired of jailbreaking in order to multitask. For God's sake, this thing is supposed to be a mini computer. I love it, but not as much as I could.

Simon said,
Kinda upset that the iPad upgrade to iOS 4.2 won't be until November - seriously tired of jailbreaking in order to multitask. For God's sake, this thing is supposed to be a mini computer. I love it, but not as much as I could.

I thought it was supposed to be an oversized iPod Touch

So, speculation on when 4.2 betas start then... (esp. for iPad owners)

The thing is, there is clearly a version (Alpha?) developed, that they were confident to show at the presentation.

dave164 said,
I wonder if this fixes the face-proximity sensor sensitivity. I'm fed up of it going to hands free all the time.

Proximity sensor fix was mentioned.

dave164 said,
I wonder if this fixes the face-proximity sensor sensitivity. I'm fed up of it going to hands free all the time.
Yea, that was one of the mentioned fixes. I'm loading it up on my phone now (I'm a developer), so I'll be able to confirm.

techbeck said,

Hopefully it works better with Windows. Tired of calls from family and friends

iTunes works perfectly fine on my computer and performs at least as well as windows media player. Maybe too much crapware installed on your end.

Shadrack said,
iTunes works perfectly fine on my computer and performs at least as well as windows media player. Maybe too much crapware installed on your end.
iTunes is bad on Windows.

Shadrack said,

iTunes works perfectly fine on my computer and performs at least as well as windows media player. Maybe too much crapware installed on your end.

Not any of my systems...now friends and family are a different story...haha.

ILikeTobacco said,

and this thread is about iTunes as mentioned by the OP

I know, just replied to the wrong section and cannot delete my post..

Apple is doing something right this time. Amazing new devices and itunes with social networking bombshell. Microsoft needs to catch up again.

excalpius said,
Ummm, no, I don't think so.

Tell Microsoft to release their devices to the international market, and then we'll talk.

It's been almost a year since the Zune HD hit the American market, and we're still no closer to finding out when the rest of the world can get their hands on it without having to import the device from the US.

satus said,
Apple is doing something right this time. Amazing new devices and itunes with social networking bombshell. Microsoft needs to catch up again.

Um Zune has the social for quite some time now. And their new devices is Windows Phone 7.

I do like how the Game Center is almost a perfect rip off of the WP7 one minus the xbox live integeration

strekship said,
Is this the release that is supposed to fix some of the performance issues on the 3G?

Yes.

strekship said,
Good to hear, I might give it a try. I stayed on 3.1.3 after I heard about all the people who were having issues.

You were wise. My wife went to iOS4 on her 3G and it's stupidly slow now - even after doing a backup/reset/restore.