iOS 4.2 Beta Released; Brings AirPrint Wireless Printing To iOS Devices; iOS 4 Features To iPad
Apple has released the first beta version of iOS 4.2 (build 8C5091e) and iOS SDK 4.2 to developers of iOS Developer Program.
Steve Jobs had given us a glimpse of some of the new features that will be available in iOS 4.2 at the September 1 special event:
iOS 4 features such as multitasking, folders, Game Centre for iPad users.
It will also bring the AirPlay feature to iDevices, which will allow you to stream video, music, and photos over Wi-Fi especially useful if you have the second generation Apple TV
Apple is calling their new wireless printing feature AirPrint:
AirPrint automatically finds printers on local networks and can print text, photos and graphics to them wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need to install drivers or download software. HP’s existing and upcoming ePrint enabled printers will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices.
According to Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing:
AirPrint is Apple’s powerful new printing architecture that matches the simplicity of iOS—no set up, no configuration, no printer drivers and no software to download.
iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to an HP ePrint printer or to a printer shared on a Mac or PC.
We have seen apps from HP etc that allow you to print wirelessly from your iDevice but including the feature natively thus making it directly accessible from iOS apps will make it one of the killer features of iOS. Isn’t it amazing how new features like AirPrint can be enabled on a smartphone with just a software update?
We will let you know if the beta version of iOS 4.2 reveals any interesting new features.
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