According to a report by MacStories, iOS 4.2 may be released on Friday. The latest version of iOS will be compatible with the iPad, bringing multi-tasking, folders, and other iOS 4-only features to the tablet device. The GM (Gold Master) version of iOS 4.2 was released to developers last week, which usually indicates an imminent release to the public soon after.
iOS 4.2 will require iTunes 10.1 and Mac OS 10.6.5, which are both expected to be released just prior to iOS 4.2. However, one of the features previously announced that would bring wireless printing to the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch with iOS 4.2 may not be included after all. AirPrint, which was announced by Steve Jobs at Apple’s media event in early September, will apparently not be released according to a report today, also from MacStories. MacRumors indicates that the removal of AirPrint was caused by “instabilities and incompatibilities.”
We’re looking forward to getting multi-tasking and folders on our iPads. If the reports about the removal of AirPrint are true, this may affect the iPad’s adoption in corporate environments where such functionality is essential. There are apps that already bring this feature to iOS devices (like PrintCentral, which we have reviewed) so there are ways around this limitation for those who need this functionality now, though having this ability natively in all iOS devices without requiring a third-party app would be quite nice. Hopefully this is only a temporary setback and AirPrint will eventually be ready for prime time.