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.”