As powerful as iPhone and iPad are, they are not with their flaws. Apple may be finally addressing some of the hardware issues that iPhone 4 owners have faced since its launch day but the software side needs some attention too. While iOS 4.2 will start shipping in November, Apple does plan to fix iPhone 4’s proximity sensor bug and other issues with iOS 4.1.
First of all, a lot of bugs have been fixed … Proximity sensor bugs, Bluetooth bugs, iPhone 3G performance bugs. All the bugs that we’ve been nailed on. We think we’ve nailed a lot of them.
Steve Jobs promised. It is not clear whether this new update will fix the major issues that have come up for older iPhone owners after upgrading to iOS 4. In the meantime, Apple is already looking ahead to iOS 4.2. Multitasking, folders, and wireless printing are all coming to iPad in November.
Here are just a few features that Apple iPad owners can expect to get their hands on with iOS 4.2:
- printing over wireless network
- wirelessly streaming videos to Apple TV
- the all new Game Center
- better email organization
- keyboard enhancements
- enhanced enterprise integration
Unfortunately, not all Apple devices will get a software upgrade. Old Apple TVs won’t be getting an upgrade but they can be used to rent movies:
there will be no software update to bring the new features to older Apple TVs. Older Apple TVs will continue to work as they have been working up to this point, and they will continue to be able to purchase movies and TV shows even though the new Apple TV is rental-only.
Apple should have brought multi-tasking and other useful features much earlier to iPad (the same goes for fixing iPhone 4 issues). Better late than ever at this point. The company does have very strong product offerings at this point. It will be interesting to see how its rivals will try to compete.
What’s your favorite new Apple product?