Thursday, November 11, 2010

iPhone 4.2: What Will iOS 4.2 Bring to the iPhone?


We've already spent some time talking about what iOS 4.2 will do for the iPad (iPad 4.2). That's mostly because iOS 4.2 is mainly geared towards the iPad, adding many of the features that seemed to be missing after having some hands on with iOS4.

We are expecting 4.2 to land by tomorrow, but Apple hasn't made the date official yet. As of yet, we haven't taken as much time to look at what new features iOS 4.2 will bring to the iPhone. It's not a huge upgrade for those who already have the operating system on their phone, but it's worth checking out what Apple plans to add with this update.

Let's do that right now:

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AirPlay is one of the biggest features coming to iOS with the 4.2 update. It's the next step in the evolution of Apple's AirTunes. Users can stream content such as video and audio between their devices. Streaming can happen between the iPhone and Apple TV or even with third-party speakers equipped with the technology. We are also interested in what Apple may be able to do with this tech in the future.

Control Ringer Volume
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This feature may not seem like much at first, but it's actually quite useful. For one, this may be great for individual ringers that are louder. What's even more important, however, is that you may now adjust the volume levels of the ringer independently of the volume level of your iPhone's audio player or games.

Find in Safari
We are glad that Apple is finally bringing this feature to Mobile Safari. You can now search for a term within a page. This is especially useful for pages of text where you need to find a small piece of information. You simply type into the Google search bar on the top and you have an option for finding the term "On This Page." The word or term you are looking for will be highlighted in the browser.

FaceTime Through SMS
There is now a button that allows you to launch a FaceTime conversation through an SMS chat. This is another strong indication of Apple's push to get FaceTime to span all their devices. (Coming soon to iPad 2?)

New SMS Alert Sounds
Users will now be able to set different SMS alert sounds for each contact. The downside? They aren't going to be custom sounds. Sorry.

Just in case you're ever reading in bed with your iPhone and decide you want to print something out, or for those times when you are trying to multitask at work by printing out that important spreadsheet while on the can. (Believe us, Microsoft says it happens)

Midi Out
Like the iPad, the iPhone now supports midi out. A user can create midi data, such as a drum loop or musical sequence and connect their iPhone to a midi device with a USB port to make it playback the sequence they've composed. 

Improved Performance on iPhone 3G
iOS 4.2 may see some improvements on the iPhone 3G. iOS4 was very difficult to run on the handset and rendered it almost unusable for some owners. Apple launched 4.1 later, which featured some improvements but many users were still unhappy with the performance. This one looks to run much better.

Is Your iPhone Ready for iOS 4.2?
The added features will be a welcome addition to the operating system. If the reports of better performance on the 3G are correct, then the owners of that model are sure to be much more satisfied.
Many of the additions are minor, but will come in handy to heavy iPhone users.
Check out a list of features across both devices: Here.

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