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Apple Updates iOS

Jobs claimed the update “makes the iPad a completely new product”

Apple updated iOS, its operating system for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, to rev 4.2, putting the three devices on a common platform for the first time.

iPad can now do stuff like wirelessly print over Wi-Fi networks or AirPrint provided you have a sympathetic HP printer; multitask; find text on web pages; consolidate e-mails from multiple accounts in one inbox; thread messaging; store application in folders; and wirelessly stream music to stereos.

Steve Jobs claimed the update "makes the iPad a completely new product."

Apple has also - usefully - made its "Find My iPhone" widgetry free. A map will show you approximately where it is and have it sound an alarm (another annoyance of modern living). It works with iPad too and in a pinch the dingus could be scrubbed clean.

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