iPad owners have had to sit idly by for too long as long-awaited features--multitasking key among them--came to the other gadgets in the iOS family. But today, Apple officially released iOS 4.2, which brings not only multitasking but homescreen folders, AirPlay, Game Center, a unified inbox, and other key features to the iPad. This isn't an ordinary firmware update: It really makes the iPad into a different and much more capable device.
Basically, iOS 4.2 gives the iPad the features previously exclusive to the iPhone 4. Those include multitasking, Game Center (an Xbox Live type of social gaming service), homescreen folders (for grouping apps together, saving screen space), a unified email inbox, AirPlay (to beam, for example, video files directly from an iPad to an Apple TV), and AirPrint (which, well, prints). This update also frees the "Find My iPhone/iPad" security feature from MobileMe, making it available for free to iPhone 4, iPad, and iPod Touch (4th generation) users.
iOS 4.2 for iPad has been available as a beta release for a couple of months, but the vast majority of iPad owners will only make the leap today. And it'll make a huge difference: The iPad as originally released was very limited in its ability to function as a legitimate computer replacement. Multitasking sounds like one of those features, like cut and paste, that nerds make a big deal about but which isn't really a dealbreaker to the general public. But it's not: The ability to have third-party applications running in the background is a key part of actual modern computing, one that will swiftly become indispensable to iPad owners.
All that talk about being able to replace low-powered computers (like netbooks) with tablets--that's actually possible now, where it was sort of uncomfortable and limiting before.
The update is available now for free from iTunes.
Agreed. Windows 3.1 had multitasking. This is not news, and I still don't understand why people buy apple.......
If you don't get it, chances are you never will. There's a myriad of reasons I'm an Apple user, not a PC. But who the hell cares? Does it really matter .... and, "I still don't understand why people sit an argue over being Mac vs. PC users." Both have advantages/disadvantages (which is good.) Competition sparks innovation, which will only make all of our products better in the end, regardless of which you prefer.
Why don't they have a tablet or perhaps a smart phone that can run Windows XP or better yet 7.
(or do I not research enough?)
The iOS Multitasking doesn't work. Only a few apps support it and it is slow on my iPod Touch 4g... But that might be partly because I am jailbroken.
Also..... What the heck is with these ad-bots?
I don't even see a point in these "Tablet" things. Why not just carry around a laptop; it'll be more powerfully and is pretty much the same size. And, you can pretty much do the same stuff and more with it. And, they're pretty much the same price.
This was a pathetic update. The multitasking is pretty much useless, while the main bugs of the IPAD werent even addressed. You still cant subscribe to podcasts, or play video on many popular websites. Some websites that used to work fine now do not, and some still cannot be used in the ipad browser (i.e. composing facebook notes).
The screen lock switch was changed to a mute switch with no option to change it back, rendering it less useful.
All in all, not a single feature changed for the better in my opinion. I think my next tablet will definitely be android.