Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday morning short takes: no iTunes update means no sign of iOS update; Disunion, is it encouraging disunion?

Good morning:

The long awaited OS update for the iPad appears to be still a few days off after Thursday sped by without an update to Apple's iTunes software. iTunes software will need to be updated to accomodate the addition of AirPlay which will be included in the mobile OS update.

To recap: iOS 4.2 is the free update for iPad owners (as well as iPhone owners) which will bring multitasking, folders, AirPlay and other a slew of refinements to Apple's tablet. It will also unify all the iOS devices under one version of the OS.

Developers have been busy updating their app, though. I had over 20 apps that had updates yesterday, and a half dozen this morning.

Update: The Telegraph is reporting that it has heard that the update is being delayed until November 24. "The iOS 4.2 software update had been expected today, but Apple has delayed it release until Nov 24, a reliable source has told the Telegraph," the paper is reporting.

The 24th is the day before Thanksgiving, so I am very skeptical about this. But the key will still be the iTunes update -- I think iPad owners should be able to download the new iOS update around one day after iTunes is updated.

Have you been reading the New York Times's recurring feature on the Civil War, Disunion? It is very well done, but what has really interested me are the comments following the article. Rather do they actually talk about events 150 years ago. Instead, they usually reflect on the current state of the union.

If NYT readers are any indication, secession appears to be on the minds of a lot of people today, and very few would object to a formal division of the country -- as difficult and improbable as they would be.

I've seen no recent polls that ask the delicate question: would you be in favor of breaking up the country? The only polling on the question I've seen was by Research 2000 done for DailyKos. That firm was later fired by the blog site after a bit of controversy.