iOS 4.2 multi-tasking comes to the iPad
Sort of... nearly... finally
iOS version 4.2 is to be launched today, bringing Apple's idea of multi-tasking to the iPad and a load of other good stuff to iOS devices.
The update was announced at the beginning of September, and beta releases have been knocking around for the more adventuresome Apple fan, but later today will see a general release of the update for which the iPad has been waiting, and which everyone else will appreciate too.
Version 4.2 comes with a load of tweaks, but notable is the universal inbox to bring differing email accounts together, the addition of streaming to a an Apple TV box over Apple's AirPlay – and, if you're lucky enough to own one of the handful of supported printers, then AirPrint will give your mobile applications a route to physicality.
But it is multitasking on the iPad that is the big news. Some applications, such as Pandora Radio, can literally run in the background, while others get task-switching, which is often what users want anyway. The iPhone 4 has had the ability for months, but iPad users have been stuck in a single task despite the mechanism being such an advantage on the bigger screen.
Of less advantage, at least to those who read in bed, is the reprogramming of the "orientation lock" button into a "mute" button. If you were in the habit of lying down on your side to read a book then you'll find the change annoying, but apparently we're in a minority.
There's lots more details over at iOS Central ®.
No mention of fixing my frikkin alarm clock though! If it's not fixed, the phone is going in the blender and the parts returned to big steve
It's 21st centry multitasking that is fast app switching with CPU time-slicing for specific API functions ... iOS itself is of course fully time-sliced multitasking and always has been ... Apple are rightly more concerned with the smooth running of the device, its interactive speed and enhanced battery life .. I couldn't agree more.
They took time to think through touch-cut-and-paste and multitasking and did a good job on both.
Still no built-in calculator, clock, stocks, weather apps, and most importantly the voice memos app!? I mean these (most?) were even present on the iPod Touch, and they couldn't be arsed to build them into the iPad!
I'm basing this on the latest betas of iOS 4.2 for iPad. If they've added them for the actual release, then YAY (doubt it though).