Beyond the games: Apple to add wireless printing in iOS 4.2

For businesses and IT, Apple's fixing some iPhone bugs this month, but the bigger iPad upgrade is due in November

Apple CEO Steve Jobs today -- in the midst of a blitz of consumer-oriented announcements such as video rentals in iTunes, a new touch-based iPod music player model, and an online multiuser gaming service -- introduced a new version of its mobile OS and a new version of the iPod Touch.

Of interest to IT and business users are iOS 4.1's fixes for a series of bugs, including those involving Bluetooth and the proximity sensor, in the iPhone. But the bigger news is iOS 4.2, a free upgrade for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch due out in November. It will include the 4.1 bug fixes and entertainment capabilities, as well as the iOS 4.0 capabilities such as multitasking.

[ Get the Mac and iOS news and insights that matter for IT and professionals with InfoWorld's weekly Technology: Apple newsletter. ]

But the key addition to iOS 4 is wireless printing via Wi-Fi for the iPad. (It's unclear whether wireless printing will be available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, as Jobs described wireless printing only in the iPad context.)

Jobs also revealed a new version of the iPod Touch, which he said is the most popular iPod now sold and described as both "an iPhone without a contract" and the most popular portable game player on the market. The new iPod Touch uses the same basic design as the previous model -- not the iPhone 4 design as rumored -- but it adds the iPhone 4's high-resolution Retina display, 3-D axis gyroscope, the Apple A4 processor, front- and rear-facing video cameras, and the FaceTime Wi-Fi videoconferencing capability introdued in the iPhone 4. The new iPod Touch will be available next week.

This article, "Beyond the games: Apple to add wireless printing in iOS 4.2," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in mobile technology at InfoWorld.com. Keep up on key mobile developments and insights with the Mobile Edge blog and Mobilize newsletter.

Read more about mobilize in InfoWorld's Mobilize Channel.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Mobile platformsApplePrinterstelecommunicationiosmobileMobilizeiPad

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Galen Gruman

InfoWorld
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?