Rumour: iOS 4.2 to be released Friday at 10AM PST

After months of speculation and sneak-peeks, the latest iteration of Apple's iOS will be available for iDevices around the globe this Friday at 10AM PST, according to MacStories.

Quoting ''an inside source'' at AT&T, the site claimed iOS 4.2 will be made available, along with iTunes 10.1, which will be necessary for users wishing to update. Also making its first public debut will be Mac OS X 10.6.5, which is needed for AirPrint functionality to be introduced with iOS 4.2.

MacStories also claimed the OS X 10.6.5 update cleared Apple's certification process earlier today, while iTunes 10.1 was ready to roll some three weeks ago. The iOS 4.2 update itself was originally slated for release last Tuesday, before a bug relating to the display of Japanese characters forced a delay, according to the AT&T source. There have been claims that last-minute bugs discovered in the 10.6.5 update are to blame for a later than expected iOS release.

As Neowin reported earlier this month, iOS 4.2 is primarily aimed at bringing Apple's iPad up to speed, features-wise, with the iPhone and iPod Touch. Among the features to be added are multitasking, printing and content streaming, along with a number of cosmetic changes. Several of these features will also be added to the iPhone - excluding the iPhone 3G - and iPod touch product families.

Developers gained access to the ''Golden Master'' build of iOS 4.2 - generally considered the finished product - on November 1. OS X developers were given access to a twelfth beta version of 10.6.5 earlier this week. The OS X update is billed as a maintenance release and does not add new features beyond AirPrint compatibility.

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Looking forward 2 installing this on my brand new Apple IPAD from Verizon Wireless! The darn thing shipped with IOS 3.2.2 and I have been unable 2 retrieve a newer version from Apple ITunes, it keeps telling me that I am up 2 date with updates!

I may or may not have downloaded this already and I may or may not think this is the best thing to come to the iPad since, well, I guess it's kind of the first thing to come to the iPad.

I'm liking 4.2 so far on my iPad. It's a lot faster flipping through apps. Double tapping home to bring up the multi dock and sliding over then clicking to lock is not terrible but still about 3 steps too many to lock rotation when compared to the physical switch though

Maybe this time they'll fix the iTouch, so that the battery lasts longer again..... *here's always hoping*

Vinay Kumar said,
Nothing useful for iPhone I guess..... This update is mainly for iPad, just skip it

4.2 comes with terrible new texting sounds.

I'm also not sure if this was in previous versions, but if you go to maps, and double tap the gps/locate icon, the map turns into a rotating compass.

Vinay Kumar said,
Nothing useful for iPhone I guess..... This update is mainly for iPad, just skip it

iPhone does get printing. Also you can now search within web pages in Safari (about freaking time lol).

Blasius said,

4.2 comes with terrible new texting sounds.

I'm also not sure if this was in previous versions, but if you go to maps, and double tap the gps/locate icon, the map turns into a rotating compass.

Its been there since they added the compass iirc on the 3GS.

Vinay Kumar said,
Nothing useful for iPhone I guess..... This update is mainly for iPad, just skip it

unless you have the 4.1 alarm bug which is driving me nuts...

Vinay Kumar said,
Nothing useful for iPhone I guess..... This update is mainly for iPad, just skip it

Actually, the bug fix for the infamous lock bypass can be pretty good to have.

There's also rumors that it has further speed improvements for the iPhone 3G beyond those of iOS 4.1: (and I assume those apply to other models too, just that it's the most noticeable on the slowest supported phone)
http://www.engadget.com/2010/1...-improvements-to-iphone-3g/

Vinay Kumar said,
Nothing useful for iPhone I guess..... This update is mainly for iPad, just skip it

The 4.2 GM seed vastly improved performance and battery life for my iPhone 3GS too.

ZeroHour said,

unless you have the 4.1 alarm bug which is driving me nuts...

Delete the alarms and re-set them. that worked for me.

dimithrak said,

is there a way i can jail break my iphone 4 on 4.1? im kinda stuck and need help..

GreenPosis0n or Limera1n . Use Google to find them.

onTh said,

Same here!! Waiting for the jailbreak!

4.2 is already jailbreakable. It's Cydia and other important software that has to be updated.

Sticktron said,

4.2 is already jailbreakable. It's Cydia and other important software that has to be updated.

The current exploit is hardware related but the untethered portion of the jb code is a software exploit that may be patched. Apple may fix that exploit so the initial JB may be tethered...