Apple has finally made the iOS 4.2 update available to download today from iTunes, bringing new features to the iPad that may increase its usefulness as an enterprise tool.
The iOS 4.2 update offers multitasking, and the ability to organise apps into folders, view messages in a unified inbox and wirelessly print and share media.
Users can find and highlight specific words and phrases on web pages within Safari, and Apple claimed that the new software offers stronger security features.
Other additions include the ability to reply to event invitations using calendar services like Yahoo, Google and Microsoft Exchange, and to organise messages by threads and open attachments in third-party apps.
The 'Find My iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch' feature is now free, and allows people to locate missing devices on a map. The devices can also be remotely locked or wiped to protect privacy.
The much hyped AirPrint feature simplifies printing by eliminating the need for drivers, according to Apple, and currently works with HP's Photosmart, LaserJet Pro and Officejet models.
Multimedia fans will be able to download TV episodes directly to the iPad using the iTunes App with a 30-day viewing window and a 48-hour session window once playback is started.
The update will make the iPad a "completely new product" in time for Christmas, according to Apple chief executive Steve Jobs.
"Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit," he said.
Orange and T-Mobile have said that they will offer the iPad at more affordable prices in a bid to enhance its appeal in the run up to Christmas.
V3.co.uk contacted both operators to confirm details of the price cuts, but had not heard back at the time of writing.
We will shortly be posting a video run through of the updated OS to test out the latest features.
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