Wi-Fi issues cause Apple iOS 4.2 delay

12 Nov 2010

Apple’s planned launch of its new mobile operating system iOS 4.2 later today is rumoured to have been postponed due to last-minute Wi-Fi issues with the iPad.

This week, Apple intended to launch a flurry of new products, including Mac OS X 10.6.5, iTunes 10.1 and iOS 4.2, which would have brought multi-tasking and folders to the iPad.

Mac OS X 10.6.5 was released on Wednesday – without AirPrint functionality – but so far iOS 4.2 and iTunes 10.1 have been held back.

Wi-Fi hitches

According to a report on MacStories, iOS 4.2 has been delayed by last-minute Wi-Fi connection issues discovered by developers who were given the Gold Master (GM) build of the software.

The problem that is occurring is the connection keeps dropping after the iPad successfully connects to a local network.

These setbacks could delay the launch of iOS 4.2 by a further week and may see iTunes 10.1 released instead next Wednesday to ensure they are compatible.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years