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Apple Touts iOS 4.2 Update Coming Soon to iPad

iPad iOS 4.2 preview

We haven’t even gotten our hands on iOS 4.1 for the iPhone and iPod touch yet (that’s coming next week, supposedly September 8) and already Apple has posted a page trumpeting the iOS 4.2 update for the iPad due in November.

As announced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at Wednesday’s media event, iOS 4.2 will be released in November and is mostly cause for celebration for iPad users, since it will finally bring feature parity to that device as well as the iPhone and iPod touch. To keep users’ interest over the next 60 to 90 days, Apple has posted a “Coming Soon” page chatting up the “new features and innovations” that patient iPad owners will get when the calendar turns to November.

At the top of the list is multitasking, much the same as what iPhone and iPod touch users received with iOS 4 in June. “Run all your favorites apps — and switch between them instantly — without slowing down the performance of the foreground app or draining the battery unnecessarily,” the coming soon page boasts. Another iOS 4 tent pole feature, Folders, will also come to the iPad with iOS 4.2.

New to iOS 4.2 and presumably also for the iPhone and iPod touch as well as the iPad is printing. “Print mail, photos, web pages and more directly to a printer on a wireless network,” Apple explains. There are already a long list of printer apps for iOS, but most of them require a computer to use, so it will be interesting to see exactly how Apple implements this system-wide.

As shown during the demo for the new Apple TV, AirPlay is another new feature for iOS 4.2 which will allow you to wirelessly stream videos, music and photos from your device to the diminutive black box, as well as streaming music to speakers or receivers, including the AirPort Express.

Rounding out the feature list is Game Center, a unified inbox and threaded e-mail for the Mail app, enhanced enterprise support, text search on Safari web pages, accessibility, keyboard and dictionary enhancements and you can bet, plenty of those awesome bug fixes.

Now we just have to wait until November…

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