Apple’s iOS 4.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch includes expanded FaceTime features and more

Apple Online Store“Apple’s forthcoming iOS 4.2 update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch includes a number of subtle improvements that have not yet been publicized, including expanded features for YouTube and FaceTime,” AppleInsider reports.

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“Set for release in November, the biggest changes in iOS 4.2 come for iPad owners, who will finally see their touchscreen tablet upgraded to iOS 4 with new features like multitasking and folders,” AppleInsider reports. “All iOS device owners will also gain printing capabilities via AirPrint.”

MacDailyNews Take: We’re sorely tempted to upgrade our iPads, but alas, we need our MyWi. We’ll have to wait a bit.

AppleInsider continues, “Accessibility to FaceTime will become even greater in iOS 4.2, as a direct video chat link is now included in the iPhone’s built-in text messaging application. When in a conversation in the Messages app, a “FaceTime” button now rests in between the ‘Call’ and ‘Contact Info’ selections.”

Full article, with screenshots, here.


  1. Sarasota, there is no reason your and my iPads will not be able to receive video and sent audio in a FaceTime chat. My iPads are as capable as the new iPod touch devices. Maybe they will let us connect a camera to the iPad USB port.

  2. Why can’t Apple focus on a features we need like Bluetooth file transfer with all kinds of devices. I’m sick and tired of having to wait for a feature that should have been standard at launch. I mean you have to email everything from the device and let be honest At&T 3G network is far from the best and a wifi network is not always around when you need one. The fact I can’t ever Bluetooth transfer a file from iPad to my Mac in my own office is crazy, plus other people have to the same app on there iPad to transfer pics and you can’t transfer docs from iPad unless you have some kind of network. Also, make the file transfer work with non-apple devices as well. Apple get it done in this next software update.

  3. in early iphone patent applications, apple showed an iphone sending its camera output to a “slate device”. this is coming.

    As an aside, Camera A and Camera B apps can give your pad a camera view from your iphone right now!


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