Apple's iOS 4.2 release plagued by connection problems
Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS 4.2 operating system upgrade is reportedly on hold as the computing giant scrambles to fix WiFi connection issues. Although Apple has stated only that the iOS 4.2 update will reach consumers sometime this month, multiple outlets reported the upgrade would begin rolling out Nov. 12--earlier this week, Apple unveiled the new Mac OS X 10.6.5, but the much-anticipated iTunes 10.1 revamp also failed to materialize. Citing a reliable source, MacStories reports Apple delayed iOS 4.2 in order to patch WiFi issues plaguing the iPad tablet; registered developers running the iOS 4.2 gold master (released in early November) report that even if their iPad manages to connect to a local network, the connection drops within a matter of minutes. Sources indicate Apple may issue a second gold master build as soon as this weekend to fix the connectivity bug, with iOS 4.2's consumer release still expected prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.
iOS 4.2 represents the first iteration of the platform to simultaneously power all three Apple mobile devices. Apple released its iOS 4.2 beta 3 update in mid-October, adding customizable tones designed to alert users when text messages arrive, new iPhone 4 wallpapers and enhanced restrictions settings for the Game Center multiplayer gaming platform, like expanded controls for adding friends. iOS 4.2 also will introduce multitasking and folders to the iPad tablet while enabling iPad developers to leverage Apple's iAd mobile advertising network as well as Game Center.
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