Ok so the iPhone / iPad 4.2.1 release is now available from iTunes for download, whats the hype about? As a tech savy individual, a iPhone carrier and an aspiring but generally confused and not quite sure iPad follower I thought I would take a look at the latest round up and see what's in the box for the average Joe. This is a small sample of what I see I some of the more useful (to me) items, the rest I will check out and blog about later.
Cables and docks are so old school. With AirPlay, the 'iFamily' can wirelessly stream music, video, and photos directly to compatible devices, including the new Apple TV - Hmm so now to find if any of my equipment is compatible, know what I am doing this weekend!
Printing is definitely something that has been missing and AirPrint finally helps deliver this missing functionality. iOS 4.2 indeed now allows users to print directly from an iPhone or iPad to a printer. Only HP's printers are officially supported by this feature though and I think its going to be a limited number, so don't waste too much time standing next to you HP LJ III expecting your document to pop out any time soon !
Enhanced Enterprise Support
Mail now supports multiple Exchange ActiveSync accounts and works with Exchange Server 2010, while Apple's Calendar app finally allows you to view and respond to event invitations. Whoo Hooo - the lack of invitation response really was a let down as I live on my iPhone when out of the office.
Find My Phone
The app is now free with this release - sorry to all of you out there that paid for it (like me!), but now its free and I totally recommend it.
The Apple press release says “Once you create an account on a qualifying device, use your Apple ID and password to enable Find My iPhone on your other devices running iOS 4.2.” All of your family’s qualifying iOS4.2 devices can now be used with that single account. Once you have set up your account on the Apple site, you can register your device by tapping the Settings app on your device, then on “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” and finally on “Add Account.” Enter your Apple ID login and password on that screen and the device will register itself. If you do not already have an Apple ID, tap on “Create Free Apple ID” to set one up before you try to register the device.
As the name would imply, you can then find your lost or stolen iPhone, iPad, of iPod Touch via the www.me.com site. The service will locate your phone, either using the GPS features of the 3G Apple mobile devices or by triangulating WiFi locations, if available.
The system also enables you to lock the phone remotely or to wipe all your user information from storage. I know I feel better.