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iOS 4.2 features: Game Center for iPad [gallery]

iOS 4.2 will bring Game Center to iPad and yes, it will take advantage of the full screen. You'll get a double column-view instead of single like on iPad, and that means your lists (like friends) will on the left and the detail view (like stats) will be on the right.

What's interesting is that beta 1 currently shows a number of icon-shaped outlines "dealt" card-like across Game Center's game table like UI. They don't show any apps yet, but tapping them does indeed take you to the App Store, and each one to a different game.

UPDATE: The outlines are now icons. Looks like they it just took a while to fully populate them.

Everything else looks to be there and be fully operational, from achievements to leaderboards to games.

November can't come fast enough.

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iPhone live iOS 4.2 beta 1 edition tonight, 6pm PT, 9pm ET, 2am BST

You know the drill, come 6pm PT, 9pm ET, 2am BST, we'll be live over at:

Will be talking everything iOS 4.2 beta and AirPrint.

Be there, and be ready to chat. We want to hear from you.

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UPDATED: iOS 4.2 not installing on iPhone, error code 10?

iOS 4.2 isn't installing on iPhone for some developers if our email box and a quick search of Twitter are any indication.

It sounds like the install starts fine but then has problems during the baseband update and spits out an error code 10. That's hook it up to Xcode and restore to 4.1 language.

That's also why it's a beta for developers, folks, not for production devices.

UPDATE: Justin Horn from WhenWillApple and the TiPb iPhone forums gi

[Twitter search, thanks angry complaining devs!]

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iOS 4.2 features: Change fonts in Notes [buh bye Marker Felt!]

iOS 4.2 brings with it the ability to change fonts in Notes, traditionally locked down to -- what many type snobs would call the torturous -- Marker Felt.

The new default is Chalkboard, a new option is the system standard Helvetica, and Marker Felt is demoted to last.

Oh happy day. Settings pane after the break.

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iPad on iOS 4: Orientation lock goes software, switch goes mute,

iOS 4.2 on iPad becomes like iPhone, with the hardware orientation lock changed to a mute switch, and a software orientation lock added to the fast app switcher UI's widget section.

iPad was originally announced with a mute switch but the description was later changed to read orientation lock just before release. Whether iOS 4.2 allowing Apple to go back to their original plan, or is simply allowing for more consistency across the iOS platform is unknown.

What do you think, change for the better or worse?

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No iOS 4.2 AirPrint for iPhone 3G

No iOS 4.2 AirPrint wireless printing for iPhone 3G owners, according to Apple:

Printing is available only on iOS devices that support multitasking.

Which iPhone 3G does not.

So add AirPrint to the list, along with wallpapers, fast app switching, HDR photos, and the rest, and how much further behind is the 2008 flagship falling?


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Apple tells developers to get their apps ready for iOS 4.2

Get your apps ready for iOS 4.2">iOS 4.2, developers! That's what Apple's new information page says:

iOS 4.2 is coming this November. With iOS SDK 4.2 beta, you can add exciting, new features to your apps including the capability to print directly from iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. iPad apps can now take advantage of multitasking, Game Center, iAd, and more.

There some additional information about AirPrint as well:

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Apple announces AirPrint Wireless Printing for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch coming with iOS 4.2 in November

Apple today announced AirPrint Wireless Printing for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch coming with iOS 4.2 in November:

“AirPrint is Apple’s powerful new printing architecture that matches the simplicity of iOS—no set up, no configuration, no printer drivers and no software to download,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to an HP ePrint printer or to a printer shared on a Mac or PC.”

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iOS 4.2 Beta 1 for iPad, iPhone now Available!

It's a miracle! Developers, the new iOS 4.2">iOS 4.2 beta 1 is now available for iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad. We have been skeptical in the past as to when Apple would release iOS 4.2, but now we have a clear road map leading up to a November release. Of course, we could cross our fingers and get it early November... Apple... please?

Here is a quick summary of some of the changes:

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Microsoft working on iPad apps?

According to noted Windows pundit, Paul Thurrott, Microsoft is indeed prepping some iPad apps:

Shhh.... It's true: Microsoft is working on iPad apps.

Whether that's Sea Dragon or Bing or or Office is unknown, of course.

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