iOS 4.2 New Features Roundup

News | Saturday September 11 2010 1:12 AM | Comments (0) Tags: ,

. Here is a roundup of a few more features that one may come across with iOS 4.2 on the iPad.
iOs 4.2 also includes the much needed multitasking feature for the iPad,
to run in the background.
Apple has distilled the services that need to run in the background and are providing those services as APIsto developers so that they can add multitasking support in their app while preserving battery life.
The seven multitasking services available to developers are: background audio, voice over IP(VoIP), background location, push notifications, local notifications, task completion, and fast app switching.
iPad users can accessseven apps in the task switcher in landscape mode and six apps in portrait mode.
iOS 4.2 finally brings Folder Management feature to iPad users. Users can add up to 20 apps to a folder thanks to iPad's bigger screen.
You can currently add only 12 apps in case of the iPhone and iPod Touch. Here is a screengrab of how the folders on the iPad shall look like.
The mail app on the new iOS 4.2 beta comes with a universal inbox that aggregates messages from multiple email accounts. Users may also choose to view messages in a convenient threaded format.
has now been repurposed to serve as the mute switch. With this, users may now access the screen orientation lock from within the multitasking tray. It is worth noting that original promos of the iPad in fact described the physical switch to serve as a mute button though it was reconfigured as a screen orientation switich when it was launched.
Apple 's social gaming network will make its debut on the iPad with iOS 4.2. The
makes use of the larger screen of the iPad to display a double-column view instead of the standard single column view of the iPhone . The left column contains the lists while the detailed view of stats shall appear on the right column.
If you are a frequent user of the Notes app, you will be happy to know that the new iOS version brings with it the ability to change fonts. Besides the original Marker Felt font, users can also choose between Helvetica and Chalkboard. Among these, Chalkboard is the new default font for the Notes application.
The iOS 4.2 Settings offers a number of new options and preferences. The Spotlight Search Preference pane lets users include search results based on a number of categories likeContacts, Applications, Music, Podcasts, Videos, Audiobooks, Notes, Mail and Events. Users can also set up new preferences to allow or disallow changes to location and mail account settings, toggle for spelling check and ability to set larger font sizes.
If you have disabled the simple passcode feature in Settings and instead opted for an alphanumeric passcode, you will notice a different black-colored keyboard on the lockscreen. The keyboard itself is not new and has been available on
as well. However, while the older version of iOS required users to manually enable the functionality on the configuration page, the new iOS 4.2 version enables this alternate keyboard by default on the lockscreen.
You can also checkout couple of video walkthroughs of iOS 4.2 on the iPad:
that iOS 4.2 will be released in November.
Do you like the new features included in iOS 4.2?Are you looking forward to the iOS 4.2 update?Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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