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Was iOS 4.2 For The iPad Worth The Wait?

by Sean P. Aune | November 23, 2010November 23, 2010 12:00 pm PDT

For whatever reason Apple took forever to bring iOS 4 functionality to the iPad. Who knows what the problem was, but seven months after launch it’s finally here and we have the multi-tasking, folders and various other features that the iPhone and iPod Touch have been enjoying, plus the printing we’ve all been waiting for. Was it worth it? Does it really matter?

Does a bear do whatever it pleases in the woods?

iOS 4.2I know that I was holding back on downloading more apps because I didn’t want to browse through pages and pages of apps to find the one I was looking for.  The addition of folders was a very welcome addition for me.  I mean, come on, I had five comic book apps, that already took up a silly amount of real estate on my device.  (What?  Not everyone has downloaded loads of comic book apps?  Just me then?  Well … fine, be that way.)

Multi-tasking, no matter what folks may be saying about it being not “true” multi-tasking, was very welcome.  I will say, however, that I do find the complete shutdown of an app by the double clicking of the home button to be annoying, just as it is on the iPod Touch.  Why they require this extra step is beyond me, but it is what it is.  Being able to listen to Pandora as I switch over to read an e-mail is worth it, however.

As I don’t have an AirPrint compatible printer, nor an Apple TV to try AirPlay, I can’t comment to how well to how either of these features are working, but at least they’re there.

The delay in these features coming to the iPad makes me wonder if we’ll see more divergence in iOS releases down the road.  I.E. the iPhone and iPod Touch get new features with iOS 4.3, but iPad users have to wait until 4.4 to get the same ones.  Hopefully this won’t be the case, but you have to wonder if we might not see it happen.

What say you?  Are you happy with the implementation of iOS 4.2 on the iPad?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...