Apple releases new iOS 4.2 GM seed to fix WiFi issues

Long awaited iOS 4.2 looks to be nearing finalization. In fact, it was thought that it already was finalized until bugs dealing with WiFi began to show up on the iPad version of the OS.

A little earlier this week, a rumor came around stating that iOS 4.2 and iTunes 10.1 would both be released today, November 12. However, as more and more developers used the original iOS 4.2 GM seed posted on November 1, a common bug was apparent on many iPads. WiFi would cut out causing browsing to be nearly impossible with Safari often losing connection to a server. For the most part, other Internet features worked although there were still issues present which mainly were seen as long load times.

Apple has released a second iOS 4.2 GM build, 8C134b. The original build was just 8C134. According to CoveringWeb, the date that the iOS 4.2 GM seed was posted was not updated to November 12 as only the iPad version was updated to 8C134b.

Providing this build fixes the iPad issues, iOS 4.2 should come around soon although no word yet on just how soon. iOS 4.2 offers a range of new features, mostly to the iPad, including the major update of "multitasking." Other notable features coming to all platforms are AirPrint, fixing of the lock screen bug, new fonts in Notes, and a "Find-In-Text" for Safari.

Anyone using iPhone or iPod touch builds will not need to update as Apple has only changed the iPad seed. iPad developers can download the iOS 4.2 GM seed from Apple.

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"WiFi would cut out causing browsing to be nearly impossible with Safari often losing connection to a server."

I knew i wasnt crazy. My main probs were with Safari.

I have the 16GB 3G model and I have not had any WiFi issues on iOS 4.2. I have talked to many ppl on skype and streamed Netflix without a hitch. I don't think this affects everyone. I think it depends on your WiFi setup.

Was not seeing WiFi issues on my 16GB WiFi only. We're these problems showing on the 3G models?
Can anyone confirm?

NCalliari said,
Was not seeing WiFi issues on my 16GB WiFi only. We're these problems showing on the 3G models?
Can anyone confirm?

I've been using 4.2 GM1 since it came out on my iPad 16gb WiFi+3G, never had a problem.

How can you have 2 GM? That's like Platinum after gold. Whatever the case, these names are losing their meaning. Firefox is on Beta 7 or something, if there are 7 betas, it should be there in the first place.

That's silly. The development cycle doesn't always fit nicely into your expectations; the fact that this was caught prior to it affecting customers is a great thing, the release label be damned. Should it have been caught earlier? That'd be great, but frankly sometimes things slip by even the best of SQA teams.

n3verm0re said,
That's silly. The development cycle doesn't always fit nicely into your expectations; the fact that this was caught prior to it affecting customers is a great thing, the release label be damned. Should it have been caught earlier? That'd be great, but frankly sometimes things slip by even the best of SQA teams.

+1

n3verm0re said,
That's silly. The development cycle doesn't always fit nicely into your expectations; the fact that this was caught prior to it affecting customers is a great thing, the release label be damned. Should it have been caught earlier? That'd be great, but frankly sometimes things slip by even the best of SQA teams.

+1

ccoltmanm said,
How can you have 2 GM?

You rather have Apple release the GM with a sudden show stopping bug in it just so it conforms to your view of things?

Its over everywhere on usual sites.
I didn't have any Wifi issues. But battery life on 4.2 GM1 was horrible compared to 3.2.2.

How GM2 fixes that. Fingers crossed and download in progress