Links Mentioned in this Episode:
iOS 4.2 improves iPhone 3G performance
Stay tuned: Big announcement from Apple Tuesday - USATODAY.com
Daring Fireball: Regarding Ashok Kumar's Track Record on Apple
Our Android tablet experiment has failed miserably | ZDNet
White iPhone 4 - WhiteiPhone4Now.com
Post Tech - Google Voice available on iPhone after being blocked, FCC questions
Google Voice for iPhone on the iTunes App Store
RIM Attacks Apple -- Video Showing PlayBook Browser Is Faster Than iPad's
Hulu Plus Lowered To $7.99, iPhone, iPad App Now iOS 4.2 Ready | The APPera
Apple’s iAd Coming to Europe in December
Steve Wozniak: Android's "More Features" Will Beat iPhone Eventually
Woz - Google Translate
Apple Destroyed Products | Fubiz™
Damn You Auto Correct! - Funny iPhone Fails and Autocorrect Horror Stories
iPhone beats RIM, others in satisfaction survey | Apple - CNET News
Non-iPhone buyer's remorse - Fortune Tech
SportSchedule - Add Sports Game Schedules to Your Calendar
iPad now on sale at Sam's Club
YouTube - iPhone 4 Beveled metal back cover
Serviced iPhone 4 Handsets Get Torx Screws : App Advice
Tony Parker’s iPhone 4 leads Eva Longoria to cheating | Zacquisha
AFP: Apple's iPad to go on sale in S.Korea on Nov. 30
Turn Your iPhone 4 or iPad Into a Mobile TV Set - Softpedia
Jailbreak 4.2.1 iOS iPhone 4, 3GS, 3G with Redsn0w | Redmond Pie
MacDailyNews - Apple releases iOS 4.2; 'Find My iPhone now free
Apple’s iOS 4.2 Available Today for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch
Find My iPhone for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
iPad tops Netflix, Sony 3D for Oprah's 'Favorite Things' | Electronista
How to Enable Find My iPhone for Free on Pre-2010 Devices
iPhone 4.2 how-to: Setting custom SMS alert tones
Apple - iPad - How to set up Find My iPad
judge issues temporary restraining order against FilmOn - LA Times
AirPrint Hacktivator « Netputing
Developers discover hack to enable shared printers for AirPrint
Mac News: 'The Daily' - No, You Can Not Wrap a Dead Fish in It
Apps Mentioned in this Episode:
US States Quiz
It looks like third time is a charm - As in third golden master. Or I guess first - really as both iOS 4.2 GM's were bypassed for iOS 4.2.1 - so for the public there is no iOS 4.2. Just a jump to iOS 4.2.1. We have mentioned some of the new features in the past - but a quick summary of the new features are:
1. AirPrint - Which allows direct Printing to an ePrint Printer, or to any printer connected to your Mac - while you Mac is turned on. Update - Per printing to any Printer connected to a mac that was true in the beta version of Mac OS 10.6.5 - but was removed for the GM version.
2. AirPlay - Which allows streaming of audio or video from your iOS device to your Apple TV.
3. Improved Bluetooth control - allowing for AVRCP control. You know skip tracks, volume control, and more from your bluetooth headset.
4. Find my iOS device - for free. You can easily set up your iOS device for the find my device feature and if your device gets lost - you can locate it on a map, send a message to it, lock it down or even remote wipe it - all for free - no more need for a paid mobileme account.
NOTE: If your iPhone is Unlocked and/or your iOS device is Jailbroken - you should not update to iOS 4.2.1 at this time. Please wait for more info on this to come shortly (hopefully).
If you are on an iPad - you get all the features from iOS 4.0 and 4.1 as well. So for iPad owners it is a major plus plus update. For iPad owners you also get - folders, multitasking, GameCenter, Unified Mailbox, iAds, and a bunch of smaller features.
If you have an iPhone 3G - iOS 4.2.1 brings one key new feature - Usability - as in you can use your iPhone 3G again. If you updated your iPhone 3G to iOS 4.0 or iOS 4.1 - you may have noticed a little bug where in your iPhone 3G slowed to 1/4 impulse power. Well now it looks like your iPhone 3G is back up to full impulse power. Granted not at warp speed like the iPhone 4 - but back to what you were used to in iOS 3.x
In Apples announcement for iOS 4.2.1 they said the following:
"The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMe℠ subscription and helps you locate your missing device.* The Find My iPhone app is a free download on the App Store℠ and lets users easily locate a missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. Users can even remotely lock or wipe data from a lost device to protect privacy."
I set this up for my iPhone 4 and it was quick to set up and easy to use and I did not have to pay for mobile me for this. So I do find it interesting that Apple made one of the most compelling reasons for getting mobileme - a free option. I wonder if this means in the near future all of mobileme features will be free to iOS owners. I hope so.
According to Apple you can use Find My iPhone for free with your iPhone 4, iPad, or 4th generation iPod touch that has iOS 4.2 installed. Or you can use Find My iPhone with a paid MobileMe subscription. Again not sure on that paid subscription thing now. But lets say you have in addition to an iOS device from 2010 (iPhone 4, iPad or iPod touch 4th gen) that have a pre 2010 iOS device. Like the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 3G and you want to set up find my iPhone on them - are you SOL - NO no you are not. You just need to set up your 2010 iOS device first.
Life hacker has an article that goes over this. I have not had a chance to try this out on my 3GS yet - as I have not updated it to iOS 4.2.1 - as it is jailbroken and I was going to wait. But if anyone else does this with success - as the authors of the lifehacker article claim to - please let me know. But it does look like it is easy to do assuming you also happen to have a 2010 iOS device.
One other feature I did not mention that is added to iOS 4.2.1 is the ability to set specific SMS alert tones for your contacts. You are still limited to using the stock SMS tones - but that list of stock SMS tones has grown - but sadly most are still long tones - which is not the best for Text messages. Who wants a 10 sec tone when you are getting a test message every 5 secs. Just sayin. So this is not custom SMS tones - it is specific SMS tones from a predetermined list of tones that you can assign to your contacts - which is still much better than how it was before - if you are someone that is looking to set up specific tones to different people.
Feedback from many different listeners has been very positive for this update. The one issue that has been reported more than once was after the initial update - the Apps and podcasts did not get sync'd over and it required another sync to get that content brought over. So as long as you are NOT jailbreaking and / or unlocking - it does look safe to update. But you should still backup before you do the update - as always.
Links Mentioned in this Episode:
What Your Phone Says About You - TechCrunch
T-Mobile blames lack of iPhone for poor US sales
iPad 2 ads shot in New York last month - 9 to 5 Mac
Use a smart playlist in iTunes and your iPod to organize podcasts
Live Streaming of TV channles to iPhone
Meet the CIO Who Bought 4,500 iPads - Computerworld
Stun Fone iPhone accessory: YouTube spoof or real product?
iPhone 4 Deemed Most Reliable - Mac Rumors
Install Android 2.2.1 Froyo On iPhone Using Bootlace in Cydia | Redmond Pie
Apple & The Dentsu Group Bring iAds to Japan
YouTube - TRANSFORM YOUR IPHONE INTO A STUN GUN!!!
Glassgate Hits Case Makers - Cult of Mac
Sprint unveils iPod Touch add-on - KansasCity.com
iPad developer gets a call from Steve Jobs - Seattle Times
Android users have secret iPhone urges – News - Know Your Mobile
YouTube - Android, WinPho7, iPhone4... What Grills Faster?
Apple adds another iPad GM seed - 9 to 5 Mac
You Can Use Ping On Your iPad Now
Apps Mentioned in this Episode:
PKGbackup - Cydia
Dragons Lair - HD
Links to Articles Mentioned in this Episode:
DIY iPhone / Smartphone Tripod connector
Nielsen cops to iPad stat messup • The Register
Secret Button Sequence Bypasses iPhone Security | Wired.com
Koredoko - Where the photo for iPhone and iPod touch on the iTunes App Store
Limesn0w to Unlock iOS 4.1 baseband 2.10.04 on iPhone 4? | Gadgets DNA
Apple Delays White iPhone 4 Till Next Year | AllThingsD
Apple Launches Online Store in China
The Real Reason White iPhone 4 Is Delayed | Cult of Mac
YouTube - Banned White iPhone 4 Promo
Apple researching scratch-proof coating for iOS devices | Web Tablet Talk
YouTube - Why There Is No White iPhone 4, by Steve Jobs
Android vs. iPhone: Another round, another knockout - Computerworld Blogs
Mac News: iOS: 2011 iOS Preview for Apple Universe Stargazers
Hole in iPhone PayPal app allows account hijacking
WOW! Plex comes to new jailbroken AppleTVs | 9 to 5 Mac
Links to Apps Mentioned in this Episode:
Printing from iPhone
Printing from iPad
Facetime Hacktivator - Cydia