Ap­ple up­dates OS for iPad

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Ap­ple re­leased the lat­est ver­sion of its mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tem, bring­ing mul­ti­task­ing, fold­ers, a uni­fied in­box and wire­less print­ing to the ipad.

Ap­ple said iOS 4.2 for the ipad of­fers more than 100 new fea­tures for the pop­u­lar de­vices from the Cu­per­tino, Cal­i­for­nia-based com­pany. The update is also avail­able for iphone and ipad touch

Ap­ple chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Steve Jobs said the update, which can be down­loaded for free from iTunes, “makes the ipad a com­pletely new prod­uct.”

“The ipad with iOS 4.2 will de­fine the tar­get that other tablets will as­pire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit,” Jobs said in a state­ment.

Ap­ple got the jump on its com­peti­tors with the launch of the ipad in April in the United States but a num­ber of ri­vals have launched, or are plan­ning to launch, their own touch­screen tablet com­put­ers in­clud­ing South Korea’s Sam­sung and Canada’s Re­search In Mo­tion, maker of the Black­berry.

Many of the fea­tures in iOS 4.2 were al­ready avail­able for the lat­est ver­sions of the iphone and the ipod touch but not for the ipad.

Ap­ple said ipad users can now switch be­tween ap­pli­ca­tions in­stantly and run more than one at a time, play­ing a mu­sic pro­gram like Pan­dora, for ex­am­ple, while run­ning an­other ap­pli­ca­tion.

Ap­pli­ca­tions can now be or­gan­ised into fold­ers with a drag-and-drop fea­ture.

e-mail fea­tures a uni­fied in­box for users with more than one ac­count while Game Cen­tre lets users of the ipad, iphone and ipod touch play against friends or other op­po­nents and dis­cover games that oth­ers are play­ing.

A new fea­ture called Air­Play streams mu­sic, video and pho­tos wire­lessly from the ipad, iphone and ipod touch to a tele­vi­sion set equipped with Ap­ple TV, Ap­ple’s TV set-top box.

AirPrint al­lows an ipad owner to wire­lessly print doc­u­ments or pho­tos to Airprint-en­abled prin­ters.

Ap­ple said that 40,000 ap­pli­ca­tions have been cre­ated for the ipad and 300,000 for the iphone and ipod touch. — Re­laxnews 2010

LAT­EST VER­SION : iOS 4.2 for the iPad of­fers more than 100 new fea­tures for the iPad. — AFP

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