iPad Firmware

iPad Gets New iOS 4.2 Features Today

The long-awaited iOS 4.2 iPad update has been released at 10AM PST today. Apple launched the new firmware for all recent iOS devices, including the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Not only is this the first time that iOS runs the same version on the iPad and iPhone, it adds many features to the iPad that iPhone users have been enjoying for months.

Apple iPad iOS 4.2 update released

Two of the most useful changes include multitasking and folders. Not only can you listen to your Pandora radio station while doing other things, Apple's multitasking bar will quickly switch between suspended apps. Folders allow several apps to be stored in one icon and organized by category or name.

iPad Hacked to Run New Operating System

Well it's the moment you might have been waiting for... an intrepid programmer has hacked the open-source Chrome based operating system Chromium to run on an iPad. That's right, no iOS 3.2.2 firmware here. This appears to be the first time the iPad has been hacked to run an entirely new operating system.

Apple iPad Hacked for new OS

Hexxeh posted a photo and video of his hybrid creation on the web. Chrome OS and iOS 4.2 are sure to battle in the coming months when both are released to the public. Apple headquarters must be horrified that Hexxeh has created a working version of the iPad running Google's competing OS.

iPad iOS 4.2 Nixes Rotation Lock Switch

Apple will make changes to the rotation lock switch on your iPad when iOS 4.2 firmware arrives on the device this November. The beta version of the new operating system was released to developers today, and the external switch next to the volume buttons has been reassigned as a mute button.

Apple iPad Multitasking bar

Rotation lock still exists as an option, of course. The controls are similar to iPhones running iOS 4 or later. Double-clicking the home button will bring up the multitasking bar, which shows running and recently used applications. Swiping all the way to the left shows a specific set of controls on the multitasking bar.

iPad iOS 4.2 Update Coming in November

Apple will release iOS 4.2 firmware free of charge to iPad owners in November, adding many new features and improved functionality to the touch screen tablet. The iPad is slated to receive multitasking, folders for grouping apps, and many other features found in iOS 4. The multitasking dock includes brightness controls, music controls, recently used apps and a rotation lock button.

Apple iPad Firmware Update iOS 4.2

Steve Jobs demoed some of the new features at the Apple media event this week. One of the highlights included wireless printing, which allows apps on the iPad to print from anywhere on a Wi-Fi networked printer. TV show rentals and Game Center will also come to the iPad.

Do You Really Need the iPad Firmware iOS 3.2.2 Update?

You may have read some PDF files on your iPad. Well as it turns out, Apple has just released a fix for a pretty serious PDF security hole on the iPad. iOS version 3.2.2 does have one side effect: it makes JailbreakMe 2.0 unusable. The reason for this is that Dev-Team developers used the PDF exploit to make jailbreaking your iPad through the Safari browser possible.

Apple iPad PDF Security Update firmware 3.2.2

Problem is that since Apple released a fix for the bug to protect everyone who opens PDF files through Safari, Comex has released the source code of the exploit to the public. What does this mean? It means that malicious code can easily be crafted to break into iPads running firmware 3.2.1 or earlier.

Copyright Office: iPad Jailbreak is Fair Use

Jailbreaking the iPad might void your Apple warranty and even your terms of service from AT&T, however the US government has just ruled the practice legal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The exemption applies for three years until the next rulemaking review, and brings the practices of independent software developers into the mainstream.

Apple iPad Electronic Frontier Foundation logo

Apple had been arguing that jailbreaking is illegal under the DMCA, since copyright protections can be circumvented when an iPad is running unofficial modifications to its operating system or unsanctioned software applications. The US Copyright Office did not agree that the only reason to jailbreak is to pirate software and violate copyright law.

iOS 4 iPad Firmware Update Will Be Free

Erroneous reports have surfaced that Apple plans to charge existing iPad owners for the next major operating system upgrade. iPad users have been anxiously waiting for iOS 4 on their devices, which Apple plans to release this fall. The company shipped iPads running iPhone OS 3.2 this spring and specifically stated that iOS 4 would be free.

Apple iPad Firmware Update iOS 4

When asked about the current rumors of a firmware charge Apple of course has no comment, since the question is based on speculation. The fact remains that the iPad firmware licensing agreement contains text guaranteeing iPad users a free update to iOS 4. Not all functions of the new operating system will necessarily work on older generation iPads, but the update will not cost anything.

How can I update my iPad firmware / OS?

Apple releases iOS firmware updates periodically to correct problems, improve security, and add new features to your iPad. To update the operating system on your iPad to the latest version, follow these steps:

1. Turn on and connect your iPad to the computer.
2. Launch iTunes if the program isn't already running.
3. Click the name of your iPad under the DEVICES menu on the left side of the iTunes window.
4. On the main screen under Version click the Check for Update button.

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