iOS 4.2 GM Brings AirPlay Back To YouTube App; Reveals New Multitasking Bar, MobileMe Login Changes
Apple has just seeded developers of iOS Developer programs with iOS 4.2 Golden Master version – the final shipping version of the upcoming iOS that will soon be released to customers.
One interesting addition in the iOS 4.2 GM is the reinstatement of the AirPlay feature on the native YouTube app.
You might remember that Apple had, quite surprisingly, removed this feature from the previous beta version of iOS 4.2. AirPlay allows users to stream videos from their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to the new Apple TV. This means that users will be able to stream videos from YouTube app wirelessly to Apple TV with a simple tap of a button. It looks like AirPlay features also works on Mobile Safari and several other third party applications.
Besides this, developers have also observed few more changes in iOS 4.2 GM.
New Multitasking Bar:
Users can now access Volume and Brightness controls directly from the multitasking bar. There is also a new AirPlay button for quick access. Check out the new-look multitasking bar in the image below.
Apple ID Login For MobileMe:
The MobileMe settings page now carries an interesting addition. Users now have the option to log into their MobileMe account using an Apple ID. The settings page also links directly to an Apple ID registration page. However, these login functions do not seem to be functional at the moment and so we are not sure how this feature will pan out in the public release.
Early reviewers of the latest release have noted that this version is much more stable in comparison to iOS 4.2 beta 3 that was released last month (as one would expect). However, some developers point out, issues such as those with the proximity sensor do not seem to have been resolved completely as yet.
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