November 22, 2010
Apple’s new mobile iOS looks more like Apple’s primary OS of the future.
by Rob Mayeda
Apple will be releasing the next generation of their mobile iOS 4.2 today with plenty of upgrades that look to further position the iPad/iPhone as emerging enterprise/business tools of the trade.
That said, the iOS managed power demands and intuitive interface is making the old Snow Leopard 10.6 primary OS look dated by the day. Multi-touch and 3D interface GUI (think Microsoft’s “Kinect”) are the way of the future. Apple knows this and its clear they intend to lead the wave with iOS 4.2.
Apple says, “iPad users can now run their favorite apps and switch between them instantly, while preserving iPad’s legendary battery life. Users can organize their apps with drag-and-drop simplicity using Folders, and Mail now features a Unified Inbox, fast inbox switching and a threaded message view.
Game Center allows iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to challenge and play friends or be matched automatically with new opponents, showcase their scores and achievements, and discover new games their friends are playing.”
Review: This is more in line with the other vendors offerings in the mobile space, “GameCenter” is Apple’s mobile attempt at social gaming, nothing really groundbreaking here.
Apple says, “AirPlay is a new feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to Apple TV®, transforming Apple TV into a great accessory for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. iOS users also will be able to use AirPort Express® and AirPlay to stream wirelessly to any stereo or powered speakers, or directly to AirPlay-enabled speakers coming to market in the months ahead.”
Review: We had expected this to be part of the big iTunes/Beatles release last week but its arrival is certainly welcomed. The ability to access and view all media formats on all devices is a definite plus. “AirPlay-enabled” speakers sounds fairly interesting. We’re hoping for AirPlay-enabled wireless headphones as well.
Apple says, “AirPrint is a next-generation Wi-Fi print architecture that dramatically simplifies printing by completely eliminating printer drivers. A selection of AirPrint enabled printers including the HP Photosmart, HP LaserJet Pro and HP Officejet will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to any printer that supports AirPrint.”
Review (Update): While a seemingly simple addition, this should be a huge upgrade for the iOS platform capabilities. It would essentially reduces another need to jump to a laptop or desktop computer to print docs, etc. HOWEVER Apple’s first list of compatible printers only includes a handful of newer HP models so there’s no play on our version of AirPlay with printer connection. Its really a shame since the ability to tap/print via a mobile device is a big deal and further makes the iPad more functional especially in business and medical settings. A side note, all of the customizable, printable forms and docs used in Anavation and Anavoy will be one-touch printable via the Apple iOS 4.2 as well.
Find My iPhone
Apple says, “The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMe℠ subscription and helps you locate your missing device.* The Find My iPhone app is a free download on the App Store℠ and lets users easily locate a missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. Users can even remotely lock or wipe data from a lost device to protect privacy.”
Review: This is “Lo-Jack” for your iPhone. Its not only a great tool to find your list iPhone/iPad, but will make for an intriguing way to tracking down thefts of the said items by local law enforcement. I’ll bet Apple wishes they had this installed on their iPhone4 prototypes before the Gizmodo folks bought their ‘lost & found’ copy.
Apple says, “The iOS 4.2 update is available today to download to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch by syncing the device with iTunes 10.1. iOS 4.2 is compatible with iPad, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, second and third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) and new iPod touch. Some features may not be available on all products. For example, Multitasking requires iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) or later.”
Review: Sounds cool, we’re downloading it now.