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Apple’s Event One Week Away… And Still No iPad 4.1 Beta

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Friday, August 27, 2010
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As any iPad owner with an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, or third-generation iPod touch knows, it’s been a long two months since the release of iOS 4. Every satisfying double-click to multitask or glance at a unified mailbox on Apple’s pocket devices only serves as a reminder of the iPad software’s shortcomings. So nearly six months after Apple promised a Fall delivery of iOS 4 for iPad, and with a great opportunity coming up next week to talk about it, where do we stand in terms of progress? Seemingly not so close to the finish line.

Every time Apple releases a major iOS update, it provides developers with multiple beta versions of both the new software and tools for testing applications, usually giving old and new apps alike roughly three months to get ready before a public release. If Apple is to follow a similar schedule for the iPad’s build of iOS, and actually release an iPad iOS 4.x SDK next week—something that’s possible but hasn’t been widely discussed—that still means we, as consumers, might not see 4.x on our iPads until December. There’s an outside possibility that even a late 2010 release might not be in the cards; Apple could hold off until iOS 4.2, which might come a year after the original iPad introduction… right in line with the targeted release date of the iPad mini.

Even if you put aside multitasking, mail, and the other quality-of-life features iOS 4.0 would bring to the iPad, note that some developers—such as the makers of the iPad DJ app Mixr—have been waiting on the arrival of the updated software before moving forward with development of new, more advanced apps, and the number of titles that are iOS 4.0-only and thus refuse to even install on the iPad (or show up in its version of the App Store) has been climbing. It’s time for Apple to let iPad owners know when they’ll be able to run iOS 4 apps, and receive the other useful benefits of the latest operating system.

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1

I’ve given up on the whole cat and mouse waiting game. Besides, after the iOS4 experience on my iPhone 3G, I would be reluctant to upgrade my iPad even if an update were available today.

The longer I remain an iDevice owner, the more I’m convinced that Apple is just stringing us along with new features. They waited until OS3 to give us copy/paste. This latest update has once again left 3G owners in the dark with regard to multitasking and home screen wallpaper - even though my Jailbroken 3G could do backgrounding as early as last year. I swear, they’ll have freakin’ sharks with laser beams on the market before Apple gets around to providing us with graphic EQ!

Gotta wonder if Apple’s hatred of the JB community is due, in small part, to developers beating them to the punch. How much longer will we have to wait for features like wireless syncing or new mail/SMS notification on the lockscreen?

Posted by Paul on August 27, 2010 at 12:36 PM (PDT)

2

uhhh,  yaaa….  comparing an iPad to a 3G makes perfect sense….  NOT.

Posted by honkj on August 28, 2010 at 5:26 AM (PDT)

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I’m not a developer and don’t pretend to be. I am curious though why so many of my iPad apps have already been updated to support 4.0 if there I’d no 4.0 SDK available for developers. More apps each week have “4.0” updates. Am I missing something on the software development cycle/process?  Each update usu contains release notes stating specific iPad 4.0 support. AFAIK these are built-for iPad apps ... Seeing that I only have 2 apps installed that are written for iPhone.

Posted by Brian on August 29, 2010 at 1:43 PM (PDT)

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