Apple to Developers: Get Your Apps Ready for iOS 4.2


Apple mentioned that iOS 4.2 is coming in November. Developers have had access to 4.2 Gold Master already, so it’s only a matter of time for the official release to hit iTunes. Speculation is that it should drop today and if a recent email Apple sent to developers is any indication, we can taste iOS 4.2 soon.

Here’s what the email reads, sent at 7:12PM PST last night:

iOS 4.2 will soon be in the hands of millions of customers around the world. Make sure that your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch apps incorporate all the exciting features in iOS 4.2, including:

Multitasking – Multitasking services allow your apps to perform tasks in the background including playing audio, push notifications, receiving location change events, and more.

Game Center – With the Game Kit API, you can implement Game Center functionality such as submitting and displaying achievements, scores, and leaderboards, and establishing multiplayer games.

AirPrint – iOS 4.2 allows you to easily enable instant wireless printing from your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch apps.

Submit Your Apps Today
Build, test, compile, and submit your apps for review using iOS 4.2 SDK GM seed so they can be ready when iOS 4.2 is available to users around the world.

Apple emphasized three core features of iOS 4.2: Multitasking, Game Center, and AirPrint. I’m looking forward to AirPlay and Apple TV. Get ready for iOS 4.2 to drop any time now. Are you excited yet?


  • Mike

    I already have my iphone 4 jailbroken on the old 4.0.1. I don’t want to lose it, I don’t wantto have to rejailbreak, so I will leave 4.2 off my phone. However, I will be installing the 4.2 os on my ipad. Ihave too many pages of apps on it now. Can’t wait for folders. Game center…eh.

  • Anonymous

    it literally takes 1 minute to rejilbreak and maybe 2-5 minutes to install hte update. the only 2 major thingsi can see for 4.2 over 4.1 for iphone 4 is wireless printing (which is PHENOMINAL, especially if they update Dropbox), and the safari search (which also kicks ass)….one thing i hope they fix is accessing google images via safari crashes literally every time ever since 4.1 😛

  • 4.2 Plays nice with the iphone 4 Battery a noticed.
    im coming home after work with a slightly higher battery after the same 6-8 hours of use in music.
    returning with about 80-85% up from the 75-80 before. could lead up to an over all of 20% extra battery ^_~
    its not a HUGE difference, but its defiantly something worth noting

  • Chrome262

    now if they could only wireless sync that would be great. Sure you can do it now if you jailbreak, but its a paid app, and you have to run a server.

  • Nima

    Any chance that I loose my VLC player if I update?

  • Why do you think you would loose it?
    You have it, you keep it…
    Vlc is working fine on iOS 4.2