With all the talk of Apple releasing iOS 4.2 beta for developers of the iPhone and iPad, you didn’t think we would be leaving you out in the cold, did you? I’ve got the brand new operating system loaded up on my iPad, and have been playing around with it for the past few days.
Although there isn’t anything that we didn’t expect in the update, it still is well worth taking a look at, with a host of features making their way over to the big screen from the iPhone. Fasten your seat belts folks, you’re in for a treat!
I’ve been craving folders since the Apple iPad first came out for purchase. I’ve been dealing with screens and screens of apps for far too long, and finally my prayers have been answered!
Folders on the iPad work identically to folders on the iPhone iOS 4.0. Drag two icons on top of each other to create a new folder, and you can rename them and rearrange the order inside the folder.
I’ve gone from having four screens full of icons to just one with a few folders, so it’s certainly a feature that helps keep things tidy, and it’s a very welcome one. I would love to see Apple do more with the iPad here though, rather than literally port folders from the iPhone. For instance, a stacks-like feature like you see on OS X could work really well and make good use of the screen estate with a bit of eye candy.
Yes, multitasking is here, and it’s another feature that I’ve been longing for since Apple introduced iOS 4 multi-tasking for the iPhone. If you’ve used multitasking on an iPhone before, then you’ll know exactly what you’re getting in to on iOS 4.2 beta for the iPad.
It’s literally identical, as you double tap the home button to bring up the multitasking bar at the bottom of the screen. From here, you can scroll through all the open applications and switch between them, or hold down on them for them to wiggle around so that you can quit ones that you no longer need.
Again, I’m frustrated at the lack of innovation here, with their being no difference whatsoever from the iPhone version of multitasking. Don’t forget that this is a beta, so things can change, but nothing drastic will happen between now and November I don’t think.
It’s frustrating to see that an application such as Multiflow can be available from third parties, yet Apple insist on implementing a more simple solution. I’m not expecting full blown Exposé, but I’d love to see a bit more eye candy yet again.
Other Features / Changes
There are a few other things that have been changed in the new version of iOS for the iPad. One significant feature is the change in function of the slider on the side of the device. This was previously an orientation lock, which I always used, but Apple have changed it to a mute / unmute button. The orientation lock can now be found on the multitasking bar alongside the iPod controls.
You can now change the font in the Notes app, and a little tweak that I like in Safari is that you can see at a glance how many windows you currently have open, with a number overlaid on the windows icon in the browser.
Don’t forget the addition of Game Center either, for all of your online game playing needs on the go in much a similar way as it is on the iPhone!
iOS 4.2 will be released for the iPad in November, so there isn’t too long to wait. We will of course keep you updated about any changes and definite release dates prior to the release as well, so keep an eye out!