Apple tells developers to get their apps ready for iOS 4.2

Get your apps ready for 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:

Adding printing support to your app is easy. Simply provide a button for the user to initiate printing, prepare your content in an appropriate format, and then create and send a print job to the iOS print system when the user requests it.Test with a printer that supports AirPrintHP ePrint printers are the first to support AirPrint. You can test printing from your app to one of these printers:

  • HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-All-in-One Printer series - C410
  • HP Photosmart Premium e-All-in-One Printer series - C310
  • HP Photosmart Plus e-All-in-One Printer series- B210

Or, test printing with one of these options:

  • Print to a Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.5 beta
  • Print to the Printer Simulator from iOS 4.2 beta

Getting excited for iOS 4.2 yet? Apple, you tease!


Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.