Apple Is Jumping Straight to iOS 4.2.1


Apple said that it would release iOS 4.2 to the world this month and plenty of rumors and ‘insider’ tips have given us nearly as many release dates for it as there are days in the month. Guess what? Apple now has just released iOS 4.2.1 GM to developers. The GM stands for golden master, which means that Apple thinks the release is ready for distribution but wants developers to test their apps with it and find any problems Apple hasn’t.

iOS 4.2 already had a GM release to developers but widespread reports of a Wi-Fi bug may be the reason why it still has not come out yet. Is it possible Apple is fixing the problems and jumping straight to its iOS 4.2.1 release? That certainly looks like the scenario that is shaping up right now.

The version of iOS that 4.2 or 4.2.1 is replacing—iOS 4.1—has a number of flaws in it. There is a well known PIN bypass security flaw that allows the unscrupulous to bypass an iPhone 3G, 3GS or 4’s locked screen and gain access to email, calling, and contacts. Then there is the now infamously dismal performance on the iPhone 3G that iOS 4 brought to the table. iOS 4.1 has managed to fix some of the slowdown and battery drain issues that showed in version 4 on the iPhone 3G, but iOS 3.x is still much faster. Fortunately, iOS 4.2.x is expected to address the problem as best as can be expected with the much lower specs the phone has in comparison to the iPhone 4.

iOS 4.2.x will also bring AirPlay and AirPrint to iOS and finally let the iPad multitask like its iPhone and iPod touch cousins. Basically, iOS 4.2.x is going to be an even bigger release than iOS 4 was. The necessary software for AirPlay and AirPrint are already out in the form of Mac OS X 10.6.5 and iTunes 10.1. Now Apple just needs to release its next iOS version to activate the features.

Think Apple is going to jump straight to iOS 4.2.1 or will it go ahead with iOS 4.2 and release the even newer update in the near future? Frustrated that it is taking so darn long for iOS 4.2 to come out? Let me know in the comments.

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