iOS 4.2 Release: New Hidden Features for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

By Posted 17 Sep 2010, 08:34

You may remember that Apple unveiled iOS 4.2 at their recent media event at the start of this month, along with some initial features of the upcoming software. However, after the release of the iOS 4.2 beta for developers, some other features have been discovered.

The release of a new iOS version in beta format usually means an exciting time for general consumers, as some features which were not previously mentioned by Apple often get discovered by members of the community.

iOS 4.2 is no different, and Apple Insider reports that the new software brings added functionality to YouTube, Facetime Video Chat and more. If you are a regular user of YouTube, you’ll know that you can vote videos with a thumbs up or thumbs down symbol after watching. This feature is also coming to the YouTube app on iOS 4.2, but will feature in a more polished user interface as seen in the screenshots over at Apple Insider.

If you enjoy using Facetime features on iOS 4.1, you’ll now find a Facetime button located in the text messaging application on iOS 4.2. This will allow you to call your friends directly when already in a conversation, making it much more accessible to Facetime.

Other unannounced features of iOS 4.2 include support for CoreMIDI, and some new restrictions located in the settings menu. Head to Apple Insider for the full report and preview screenshots.

Have you downloaded iOS 4.2 already? If so, let us know if you have spotted any other notable features. Don’t forget about this iPad iOS 4.2 hands-on review here.

  • Noah

    when is the ios 4.2 realeas

    • Corey

      november 2010

  • andres

    but when in november? i can not wait more to unlock my iPhone :(

  • Viva

    I agree! I want unlock!

    • iPhoney

      You can already unlock it with limera1n or redsn0w. 4.2 isn't going to be feature packed for the iPhone as this update is focused more for the iPad.

      We will just have to wait for 4.3 which will be released in the future.

    • iPhoney

      You can already unlock it with limera1n or redsn0w. 4.2 isn't going to be feature packed for the iPhone as this update is focused more for the iPad.

  • iphone

    seriously worst update ever? thumbs up and down function… omg…

  • iPhoney

    You can already unlock it with limera1n or redsn0w. 4.2 isn't going to be feature packed for the iPhone as this update is more focused for the iPad.You can already unlock it with limera1n or redsn0w. 4.2 isn't going to be feature packed for the iPhone as this update is focused more for the iPad.

    We will just have to wait for 4.3 which will be released in the future.

    We will just have to wait for 4.3 which will be released in the future.

  • iRobot

    @iPhoney

    We are aware that you can already unlock with limera1n or redsn0w, we are waiting for 4.2 to be released so we can unlock 4.1 with baseband 05.14.02 which will only be available after the release of 4.2.

  • iPhonelover

    iOS 4.3..? When? i think it is not so soon…

  • Black Aggie

    ppl… seems like u have no idea what unlock is! at the moment you can only jailbreak newest basebands! whitch makes your iphone still just an iPods… for unloock you still have to wait! =

  • Anon

    Why don’t you just walk into a shop and get it unlocked genuinely?

    It’s better than having to wait 1 month for the new unlock.

    • paliometoxo

      agreed! for me its factory unlocked or nothing at all :D

      screw relying on unlock tools.. but it saves them lots of money.

      guesses for when 4.2 will be released? im guessing 17th.. anything atm is just a guess but oh well

  • ben j

    So far nothings significant for iphone 3gs users… actually more frustrating that we dont get the new text message tones only on iphone 4!… also when i did the update all my music was erased from the ipod but when i go to settings and view general information it still shows i have over 1000 songs there, but yet in ipod doesnt wanna show anything as if its been erased so i could use some input on how to fix this issue.