InformationWeek reviews Apple’s iOS 4.2 for iPad: Takes iPad to the next level

Complete your iPad experience with ZAGGmate!“iOS 4 was first offered for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G earlier this year,” Eric Zeman reports for InformationWeek. “The big new features for iOS 4 were the addition of folders, multitasking and a unified inbox for the email program. The iPad, however, wasn’t party to the iOS 4 update and has been stuck on iOS 3.2.2 for months without access to these features.”

“Last month, Apple finally made iOS 4.2 available to the iPad for the first time,” Zeman reports. “The update installs a bevy of new features above and beyond folders and multitasking for iPad users to get excited about.”

Zeman reports, “There’s no doubt that iOS 4.2 greatly improves the functionality of the iPad. The addition of folders, multitasking and refreshed email all go a long way toward making the iPad a more robust device. AirPlay, AirPrint, Find My iPad and the Game Center take the iPad to the next level, making it genuinely fun to use.”

Full article here.

22 Comments

  1. I agree. I used to use the screen lock switch all the time. Since I’ve updated to iOS 4.2, I’ve never used the “mute” switch and I don’t lock the screen as often because it’s a hassle. This was a stupid change to make, especially since the user has no control over the function of the switch – we should at least get to choose which function we prefer.

    Hopefully Apple will get enough complaints that they will provide an option in Settings for the switch function.

  2. Gee – what an original, well thought out and inspiring article!

    Not!

    Note to so called journalists – do your job! If you don’t know what that is – look it up! On the Information Super Highway.

  3. Ashame it took the iPad back a level when they changed the orientation toggle to a mute button. At the very least it should be a user identifiable option under Settings.

    And multi-tasking has come to seriously underscore the measly amount of RAM in this thing. I can’t even copy & paste something between two Safari pages; one always has to reload. 256mb just doesn’t cut it and 512mb probably won’t either.

    My hope is that Apple surprises with 1GB RAM in iPad 2, but that hope is tenuous. These guys are so stingy with RAM.

  4. Someone had a brain fart over in Apple moving the orientation lock to the taskbar. Whoever was the dumbass who did this ought to be run out of the Apple campus straight into the arms of Microsoft because yes, MS makes bad design decisions all the time.

  5. So Steve Jobs in going over to Microsoft?! Because you know no low level engineer thought of this and did this on his own without approval and the Apple nod from the great and mighty Jobs.

    Music Maestro… Ohhhhh, we’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Jobs, because, because, because because of all the wonderful things he does!

    Betcha want that physical, instantaneous mute switch now! Yuck, yuck! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. Anyone worked out how to kill the app and not discover it among 20 others in the task bar when you double-click the home button. You would have thought a triple click would close the app.

  7. I agree with many of you here. Apple needs to give us the option to keep the screen lock as in 4.0. They also need to provide a “Close All Apps” icon on the multitasking screen. This should be always be listed first on the mulit-tasking bar so I don’t have to manually kill all the open apps.

  8. It seems to me that many people are misunderstanding (and therefore improperly using) the multi-tasking concept, and the “task bar”.

    Apps that are designed to multi-task will ALWAYS multi-task. When you launch an app and run some task that can run in background (skype, pandora, some IM client, etc), that app continues to run the background task until you return to it to stop the task. There is no concept of “opening” and “closing” or “quitting” apps as we know it from the desktop concept. Every app leaves RAM when you switch away from it, but tasks that are designated to run as background tasks will continue to run.

    The “task bar” has only one purpose: to make it easier to go back to the recently used apps. It is NOT a “Task manager”, or “Activity Monitor”; It is just a place where iOS puts aliases to Apps that were recently launched.

    There should never be a need to force background tasks from some app to quit (via “task bar”). Normally, you’d do this from the app itself (go to Pandora and stop playback; go to Skype and log out, etc). If for some reason you do need to kill those background tasks, you can do it from the ‘task bar’. Otherwise, just don’t think about the whole multi-tasking concept; just use it.

  9. Max:

    Tap and hold the icon in the ‘task bar’, the way you’d do it on the main screen, when you want to delete it. After the minus sign appears in the corner, tap that minus to kill background processes.

    Most often, you don’t want to do this; you can stop the background processes directly from the app.

  10. @ R2

    Try Atomic Browser – it will load new pages into tabs and doesn’t typically require reloading as you switch from one tab to another.

    The constant page re-loading in Safari drove me crazy. Atomic browser doesn’t do this, so I don’t think it’s a RAM limitation, it’s a Safari limitation.

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