iOS 4.2 due Friday, iTunes 10.1 and new OS X out today?

10 Nov 2010

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Apple is expected to release the latest version of iTunes 10.1 as well as OS X 10.6.5 today and according to rumours, later this week – Friday – will unveil iOS 4.2 to the world.

Many users had been expecting Apple to launch iOS 4.2 today but it is being suggested Apple will instead launch iOS 4.2 on Friday at 10am PST (that’s 6pm in Ireland and the UK).

iOS 4.2 represents an ambitious overhaul of the operating system that drives the iPhone and iPod touch, not to mention the breakthrough iPad, which will now have multitasking and folders added to its capabilities.

Not only that, but the ability to print documents to your home printer from anywhere in the world will be available through a new AirPrint function.

According to MacStories, developers received a golden master version of iOS 4.2 last week. However, a public release has been held back to allow Apple to complete work on Mac OS X 10.6.5, which is required to support certain aspects of iOS 4.2’s AirPrint functionality.

Therefore, Mac OS X 10.6.5 and iTunes 10.1 will appear either before or at the same time as the new iOS operating system.

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Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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