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Apple iOS 4.2 Hands-On 212

Posted by kdawson
from the ooh-shiny dept.
adeelarshad82 writes "Apple's highly-anticipated iOS 4.2 update for iPad, iPhone, and the iPod touch finally arrived this morning, along with an update for Apple TV. The update includes Airplay, which enables wireless streaming of video, photos, and music from your iOS device to Apple TV. AirPlay is an exciting new development for iOS device owners who also have Apple TVs. As long as the devices are on the same wireless network, they automatically detect each other. AirPlay also lets users multitask while streaming video to an Apple TV. Unfortunately though, AirPlay is a one-way street. Users cannot stream something they rented on Apple TV to their iOS device. The iOS 4.2 update also included the introduction of AirPrint, which is the wireless printing solution for the iPad. (The ability to print to a printer attached to a local PC or Mac was dropped from the release, however.) Other minor changes Apple squeezed into this update were: better Word document fidelity in iWork, multi-tasking, and Game Center."
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Apple iOS 4.2 Hands-On

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  • by BBrown (70466) on Monday November 22, 2010 @02:26PM (#34308486)

    It doesn't, because you can AirPlay to any Mac.

    A Mac is an additional device. :-)

  • by knappe duivel (914316) on Monday November 22, 2010 @03:25PM (#34309230)

    Yup. go steve jobs. [engadget.com]. Do as I say, not as I do?

    Sorry but I'm really lazy. If you don't give me a stronger hint about what's behind the link, I'm not going to take the trouble to check it out.

  • by timster (32400) on Monday November 22, 2010 @03:29PM (#34309274)

    Sigh, that isn't even close to what happened. Steve said something about how he didn't like task managers; then Apple releases iOS 4 which includes a task switcher thing. Haters gotta hate I guess, but pointing to the task switcher and screaming "haha you admitted you blew it" is really stupid. (For one thing the iOS multitasking implementation had already been written at the time of the quote, but I digress.)

    Look guys, the task switcher isn't a task manager; it just lists recently used apps. Important point: it lists recently used apps *whether they are even running or not*. It's almost all interface. The only manager-ish thing it does is that when you remove items from the list, they are killed if they were even actually running. This is not very useful for improving battery life, since they aren't likely to be using any battery unless you see the "playing music" icon or "using GPS" icon (but go ahead and clear things out if you like voodoo). Mostly the app-killing feature is useful to reset apps that have gotten themselves suspended into a bad state.

  • by Shadis (934448) on Monday November 22, 2010 @03:30PM (#34309282)
    Just make sure you look in the top right hand corner of the screen, just to the left of the battery indicator. If you have a navigation program running in the background it shows a little compass arrow. But yes, something to watch for as GPS does tend to suck the life from the battery quickly!
  • by The End Of Days (1243248) on Monday November 22, 2010 @07:36PM (#34312000)

    Why do you prefer the memory to be free? Does it make you feel better knowing it's unused? The OS will automatically terminate processes and clear RAM as needed, so doing it manually doesn't have any technical advantages.

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