Originally slated for release sometime in November, people (including yours truly) assumed this meant the last week of the month as is usual with such releases. The actual release date could be as soon as the 9th according to German operator Deutsche Telekom, but 9to5 Mac is citing German blog iFun as a source saying the date may in fact be the 12th.
The reason behind iFun’s belief that the 12th is indeed the day to watch, is the discovery that Apple intends to push out a carrier update on that date. It’s not too far a stretch to think that this could be too big a coincidence.
With iOS 4.2 due to bring both iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad to the same operating system for the first time, and with new features such as AirPrint and AirPlay, iOS 4.2 is shaping up to be the most anticipated release of iOS since, well, 4.0. Multitasking alone is one reason iPad owners are clamoring for the release and evidence seems to point to a shorter wait than originally anticipated. Good news!