Now, as reported by Engadget and other sources, a new iOS 4.2 gold master (build 8C134b) was just pushed out to developers. Apparently the update fixes the Wi-Fi problem, which prevented at least some iPad users from establishing or maintaining a connection.
Update: I goofed. Apparently build 8C134b first appeared last Friday, not today. My apologies for positioning this as new information!
Perhaps peculiarly, Apple removed AirPrint from the public release of Mac OS X 10.6.5, an update largely expected to allow iOS 4.2 devices, such as the iPad, to print to shared network printers.
AppleInsider reports that users experimenting with various settings in Mac OS X 10.6.5 have discovered a way to bring the iOS AirPrint function back to your Mac. AirPrint uses CUPS technology, an open source Unix-friendly printing architecture, owned and maintained by Apple.
The CUPS filter used to convert the AirPrint URF format into PDF format for printing was the component removed from … Read more
For iPad owners envious of the iPhone's multitasking abilities, you won't have to covet any longer.
iOS 4.2--software that will update, improve, and repair a variety of features and bugs for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad--could be available by Friday. Steve Jobs said last month that it would arrive sometime in November, and this week the rumormongers are pointing to the end of the week for the day it will drop. The near final version of the software was released to developers last week, and Apple has already started accepting iOS 4.2-compatible apps.
Research In Motion and Apple are duking it out for the top spot in the U.S. smartphone market, according to the "Global Smartphone Report" released yesterday by Nielsen.
Among the 13,243 smartphone owners polled by Nielsen, Apple's share has grown steadily over the past year, with the iPhone grabbing 28 percent of them all in the third quarter. On the flip side, RIM has seen its share for the BlackBerry drop to 30 percent for the same period. Those numbers include all people in Nielsen's panel who own smartphones.
One frustration many iPhone (or any Apple device with headphones) owners will undoubtedly experience is a situation where their handset remains in headphones mode, despite no headphones being plugged in.
The solution to this problem can be quite easy, though a steady hand is recommended.
Symptoms If this situation occurs, you'll most likely figure it out pretty quickly:
You slide to unlock your iPhone and the "click" sound is not heard. You press the volume buttons to increase or decrease the ringer and the headphones volume setting appears instead. You launch applications, games, or videos that normally … Read more
Apple has acknowledged a newly-discovered security flaw in the iPhone and is promising to offer a fix with next month's release of iOS 4.2.
The new flaw allows someone to access the phone dialer on a locked iPhone by punching a certain sequence of buttons, thereby giving them the ability to make phone calls, send e-mails, and access the address book. Confirmed by Wired Magazine, the Boy Genius Report, and other online sources, the flaw was reportedly first discovered and posted by a user on the MacRumors online forum on October 22.
Bypassing the lock requires someone to … Read more
Earlier today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs revealed FaceTime for Mac, a beta version of the FaceTime video chat app that came to iPhone 4 this past June. One of our biggest complaints about FaceTime for iPhone was that it restricted video chat participants to those who own an iPhone 4. Today's beta software exponentially opens up the FaceTime platform to include users of Mac OS X Snow Leopard--for the time being.
CNET Senior Associate Editor Scott Stein and I jumped on three phone calls. Scott used CNET's high-speed Internet and a Webcam built into his New York-based iMac. I initiated and answered calls from an iPhone 4 in San Francisco using Wi-Fi.
iPhone impressions: I had a satisfactory experience overall from the iPhone side. Video technology has not been good enough in the past on any platform (even Cisco's Umi telepresence) for me to see it as more than an aid. It's nice to have and helps forge a connection, but I wasn't surprised that the video quality piping into the iPhone left something to be desired. Even on a relatively small iPhone screen (compared with a laptop or desktop), Scott's face and background appeared washed out and indistinct.
As with video chats on many other platforms, audio was much more in sync than the video. Although my iPhone 4 dutifully recorded my own movements in a thumbnail image, Scott noted that my video feed froze a few times on his Mac. It also appeared that there was some video delay. At a certain point in the call, it appeared that sound and video weren't syncing up on the New York side. The tip-off was that Scott and CNET TV Producer Wilson Tang resorted to gesturing to make sure I understood we'd have another call once the video equipment was all set up. When you have to mime "5 minutes" and a thumbs-up, you know your video isn't seamless. And yes, we will embed the video hands-on of FaceTime on Mac and iPhone once that's been produced.
The audio timing, on the other hand, was spot on from the San Francisco/iPhone end. I didn't notice any delays, crackles, or distortions. FaceTime essentially uses the iPhone's speakerphone functions, so I did have to ratchet up the volume to make up for the externals speaker's volume loss.
Scott's experience wasn't as clear as mine in either the audio or the video departments.
Mac impressions: Mac users have already enjoyed iChat and multi-person video conferencing for years now, and those expecting a revolution with FaceTime might be sorely disappointed. The beta software release does exactly what it says it does, but not much more.… Read more
Apple has released the latest iOS 4.2 beta version to developers. The third update to Apple's forthcoming iOS update adds customizable tones for text messages while disabling the AirPlay feature for some Apps--most notably YouTube.
The new text tones will come as a welcome addition to many users, especially in high iPhone-concentrated areas, who are frustrated with checking their phone every time one of the original text tones sound.
If you're interested in hearing what some of the new text tones sound like, The iPhone Blog has posted a walkthrough video of iOS 4.2 beta 3 … Read more
In some situations you may find that iTunes no longer recognizes your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch) after you restart your Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.4 Snow Leopard. The solution, though, may be more complex than just reinstalling iTunes.
We have reported at length on how to completely reinstall iTunes, but that process may not be enough to solve this issue. Though your device may be recognized after the reinstall, upon the next restart it will most likely be lost again. An Apple knowledge base article describes the solution, which involves finding and deleting several files.… Read more