Apple announces iOS 4.2 for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Apple has put out a press release saying iOS 4.2 (technically iOS 4.2.1 I imagine) is available today for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It's not showing up in iTunes for me yet (I'm getting an error saying nothing is available) but it should hit sometime in the very, very near future. (They say "today", not "right now"...)

“iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “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.”

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@rahpael come, look into my crystal ball, let go of all wants and desires and see the truth that shall be reveled as a veil being lifted :: probably sometime later this week or early next.

I believe the find my iPhone service will be available free for the iPad today as well to the person who mentioned it. The app is called "find my iPhone" even on the iPad and engadget is reporting that it is coming to the iPad today.

"Find my iphone" is not free through the app store. Apple posted directed directions on how to activate it on your iphone, ipad, itouch. You have to go to setting, mail, mobile me, sign in with your apple id, verify an email, and then it open a section under mobile me with a slider to turn on/off.

HAH! They released it on my birthday. Now if only we can have an untethered jailbreak and cydia by the time i get home from work tonight i'll be an unbelievably happy man

@ Dirty Beaner  from Miami...
Only cool people in Cali close to Apple get it first no go back to Mexico u dirty Wetback 

I dont understand why people have old iPhones (3G, 3GS). I always sell mine for a premium, I'm talking $325 - $370 on eBay, when I originally got it for around $200, then I get the new one (making $100 - $150 in the process. Only thing is the contract renewal, you need one anyways who cares, you making money from selling your old iphone and can always just pay the cancellation fee whenever you decide to change carriers. I'm telling you its the gift that keeps on giving, what an investment!! YOu cant do that with an android.. lol

Apple site showing iPod Touch 2gen with the new wallpaper image in 4.2. Are they now supporting wallpaper? Guess we will see. No airprint, but airplay.

According to the Apple UK website it is available now - but not so when I connect my iPad to iTunes and check for an update.

@Drevee if Everyone thought like that you (we) wouldn't be getting that kind of $ for you handmedowns. SHHHH!! don't ruin it for us ;)

Omg!! Please don't update 4.2 it is a virus all my data in my iPhone and iPad apps and all gone!!! Please spread this !!!

The iOS 4.2 is simply great... specially features like AirPrint has made the device simply more powerful... the only problem i am facing with my iOS 4.2 is that the safari browser is bit slow compared to the previous version? Any suggestions?
The "black friday wish" app is missing from your list... this is a fantastic app that every user should have on his iphone... link below
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The iOS 4.2 is simply great… specially features like AirPrint has made the device simply more powerful… the only problem i am facing with my iOS 4.2 is that the safari browser is bit slow compared to the previous version? Any suggestions?
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