Apple recently finalized iOS 4.2 for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, but the new OS is only available to developers at this stage, and will be released to the public only later this month. If you are not a developer, and cannot wait to try the new release, you can actually install it on your iPad as early as today, as the iOS 4.2 Gold Master and iTunes 10.1 are already floating around the net.
iOS 4.2 brings to the iPad many great features already available on the iPhone, such as multitasking, folders, and GameCenter.
Installing iOS 4.2 on your iPad is pretty easy, as all you need to do is to look for a couple files via your favorite search engine. First, you will need the beta version of iTunes 10.1, as the current official release (10.0.1) cannot update your iPad to iOS 4.2.
- iTunes 10.1 Beta Mac OS X - OR -
- iTunes 10.1 Beta Windows x86
As for the iPad firmware, simply look for:
- iOS 4.2 GM for iPad: the file you need is called iPad1,1_4.2_8C134_Restore.ipsw
Install iTunes, plug your iPad, and back it up. Then, hold down the “option” key if you are a Mac user, or the “shift” key if you are a Windows user, and click “Check for update”. Point iTunes to the folder that contains the iPad firmware you downloaded, and let iTunes do its magic. Enjoy, your iPad is now running the official version of iOS 4.2!
A couple notes:
- We do not recommend performing the update on a jailbroken iPad
- We cannot give you the direct links to the files (so please don’t ask!), but it takes less than 5 minutes to find them via Google