Apple iPad iOS 4.2 Update New Features Revealed

September 17, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Earlier, we had reported about Apple’s release of a beta version of the iOS 4.2 for the iPad, iPod Touch and the iPhone. Now, the developers who got their hands on the iPad iOS 4.2 have discovered several improvements and enhancements that weren’t talked about before.

Just to remind you, we had reported that the features of the update included AirPrint Wireless Printing, AirPlay, folders, Game Center, Universal Inbox in Mail and many more.

One of the latest features to be revealed is the return of the volume silencer switch, reports Cnet. The switch began its life as a volume toggle when iPad was first announced. Then it was turned into an orientation lock switch shortly before the iPad was released. Now, if users want to lock the orientation, they must pull up the new multitasking bar, swipe to the left, and select the screen orientation lock.

The update will also bring a new brightness slider. With this new feature, it will not be necessary for you to go into the settings mode to change the brightness of the screen. But this option is only available in iBooks, and third parties are not given the option to make such adjustments through Apple’s iOS development kit.

Other revealed features include the same system for registering 3G signal bars as the iPhone 4, a way to change the default font from “Marker Felt” to Helvetica and Chalkboard in the Notes application, and YouTube’s thumbs-up, thumbs-down rating system.

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