Monday, November 22, 2010

Apple iOS device owners are informed that their update is now ready; update brings wealth of features to the iPad

The long (very long) awaited iOS update has been released, and with it iPad owners can now enjoy many of the features iPhone owners have enjoyed for months -- multitasking, folders and Game Center, for instance.

In addition to these features now available for the iPad, other features like AirPlay and AirPrint will be available to all iOS device owners for the first time. AirPlay allows for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from an iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch) to Apple TV, or streaming audio to an Airport Express. AirPrint is a wireless printing system that will be available to a limited number of printers at first, then rolled out to other printers over time.
“iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” Apple's CEO Steve Jobs is quoted as saying (yeah right*). “Once again, 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.”

The update means that media app developers should make sure their apps are up-to-date to allow users to use them while also having other apps open. This will be especially important to radio apps, but may be important for those few newspaper apps that have incorporated streaming audio such as The Economist app which includes a choice to have the stories read to them by professional news readers, and others such as El PaĆ­s and Les Echos, which include embedded radio stations.

* Don't you love the quotes PR people make up for their press releases?!