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Video: iOS 4.2 Delayed Because of iPad Wi-Fi Issues?

It’s widely believed that Apple would unleash iOS 4.2 this week — most likely on Friday — on the heels of Mac OS X 10.6.5 and iTunes 10.1. Users got Mac OS X 10.6.5 as promised on Wednesday, but we may be forced to wait a bit before the others come along.

MacStories is reporting that the release of iOS 4.2, which the website originally predicted for Friday, November 12, may now be delayed at least a week. Earlier this week, the same website accurately predicted that the final Mac OS X 10.6.5 public release would fall on Wednesday, which did indeed come true — sans the expected support for network-connected printers using the AirPrint feature.

It now appears that MacStories only got one out of three correct, because they also predicted that iTunes 10.1 would be released Wednesday and the software is MIA as of Friday morning. Apple traditionally releases updates to the media player in advance of iOS updates, since they’re generally required for new firmware.

The latest rumor is that iOS 4.2 itself has been delayed to address “Wi-Fi connection issues experienced by many users running the GM (gold master) build on the iPad.” MacStories notes that the bug has been widely documented by both users and developers on message boards, Twitter and even Apple’s own support discussion forum.

“Basically, even if the iPad manages to successfully connect to a local network, the connection is lost after a few minutes,” MacStories noted. “This seems to be the most common problem among users, although some can’t simply use Safari at all. The bug has been reported to Apple, and they apparently decided to delay the release of iOS 4.2 to fix the bug.” (The Wi-Fi bug is demonstrated in the embedded YouTube video below.)

According to what MacStories has heard, Apple may in fact release a second gold master build as early as today to address the Wi-Fi issue, then release the update to the public up to two weeks later — although the website seems confident the release will come before Thanksgiving, despite Apple only promising “November.”

Google TV May Be Delayed

We know when the new AppleTV will be making the scene, and that the Boxee Box is now available for pre-order. But what about Google TV? At first we heard that it would be arriving sometime this fall. A while back, that date was narrowed down to October 3–a date no doubt chosen to allow for the device to gain some traction with consumers before the full insanity of the holiday shopping season began.

If a leaked internal document from Best Buy holds any water, we’ll have to wait until  October 17–two additional weeks from Google TV’s first projected release date–before anyone has a chance to get their mitts on Google’s next generation cable box-media streaming device mash-up.

Given that the FCC has already cleared Google TV’s Logitech manufactured hardware, the decision to launch the product later most likely has little to do with whether or not its ready for prime time, and more to do with Apple’s ‘hobby.’ As it stands, there is a lot of speculation on how well the revamped AppleTV will fare with consumers. While the interface and diminutive size of Apple’s hockey puck-sized piece of awesome will no doubt gain it some living room love, its inability to purchase content might well hold it back from gaining a larger following. The new Apple TV interface only allows rental purchases. Perhaps Google is living in the hopes that those extra two weeks might provide enough time for undecided shoppers to be swayed by potential poor reviews that the AppleTV might garner.

Only time will tell.

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