Those rumors about free MobileMe for everyone? Not so much, but Apple did gift iOS device users with at least one component on Monday, as the Find My iPhone feature is now free for everyone with iOS 4.2.
After weeks of speculation, Apple appears to be sidestepping all of the rumors and charting their own path: iOS 4.2 will be released on Monday around 10am PST (1pm EST), and a companion update for the new second-generation Apple TV will finally bring video playback from those devices via AirPlay as well.
Apple has just seeded iOS 4.2.1 Gold Master to developers. This update has build number 8C148 and, according to MacStories, was just released internally at Apple last night. This update for iOS 4.2 may have been released in an attempt to squash last minute Exchange and audio-related bugs discovered earlier.
It’s widely believed that Apple would unleash iOS 4.2 this week -- most likely on Friday -- on the heels of Mac OS X 10.6.5 and iTunes 10.1. Users got Mac OS X 10.6.5 as promised on Wednesday, but we may be forced to wait a bit before the others come along.
Wednesday was a day of disappointment for many -- at least those of us currently rocking the iOS 4.2 gold master who were looking forward to using the new AirPrint service, which was widely believed to require yesterday’s Mac OS X 10.6.5 release. But where there’s a will, there’s a way.
If you’ve been waiting anxiously to get your hands on iOS 4.2 to take advantage of the highly touted AirPrint functionality, you may want to sit down while reading this -- Apple may be delaying the feature “indefinitely” for Mac and Windows PCs, meaning it will only work with a handful of newer printers from HP.
Tuesdays can be kind of bland during the workweek. Monday just happened, and we're not quite to Wednesday yet. So if your Tuesday was a little on the "so-so" side, hopefully the newest rumor will perk you up a bit. Word is that Apple could be releasing Mac OS X 10.6.5 AND iTunes 10.1 via Software Update tomorrow! Feeling a little bit better, but still need more? How about iOS 4.2 coming out on Friday? That's more like it!
Apple giveth, but sometimes Apple taketh away -- case in point, the iPad’s orientation lock switch, which is being converted back to the mute switch it was originally intended to be with the forthcoming iOS 4.2. But what if we like our current hardware-based orientation lock switch? Tough bananas, says Steve Jobs.
We already know that iOS 4.2 will bring a veritable bounty of goodies to our beloved iPads come November, but a new discovery in the second beta version reveals that Internet tethering may also be on deck -- at least for those outside of the U.S.