iOS 4.2 “Delayed” until 16th of November?

This is not actually very surprising news if you have been listening to iOS developer chatter for the last couple of weeks. iOS 4.2 was not quite ready for prime time when the Gold Master was delivered to developers. As was evidenced by ongoing problems with AirPrint, other OS changes, and the number of bug reports and complaints being sent to Apple.

Despite that background noise many news sites, and consequently Apple customers, have been getting excited about a supposed iOS 4.2 launch almost immediately after the Mac OS X 10.6.5 update was rolled out with AirPrint support this week. Except it didn’t come with AirPrint support, and iOS is likely going to be delayed by up to a week yet, with at least some unrelated issues.

Leaks, from “reliable sources” that have given iPhoneHellas correct information in the past, now slate the iOS 4.2 roll out as November 16th. Which is Tuesday of next week. But this may just be a stop gap date, or best guess. Apple has only promised that we will see iOS 4.2 “in November”. So they have some wiggle room yet.

An updated Gold Master of iOS 4.2 has been sent out to developers, and this may well delay the release of Apple’s unified mobile iOS for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

At which point we’ll perhaps hear just how many of the promised features in AirPlay and AirPrint look likely to materialize in the final product! The iPhone 3G is said to have lost AirPlay capabilities in the latest Gold Master. Something that was working in earlier Betas. It will be interesting to see if that is coming back, or staying away permanently. I know what my guess is!

Only time will tell for all of this.

The truth of the matter is that iOS 4.2 still has some niggles to iron out. Be they WiFi related, or just general UI niggles and glitches – depending on what sources you listen to.

Are you disappointed with the wait? And the seeming reverse “feature creep” in iOS 4.2? Have your say in the comments…

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Stephen NorthcottiOS 4.2 “Delayed” until 16th of November?