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

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.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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ben j
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.

Anon
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.

Black Aggie
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! =

iPhonelover
iPhonelover

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

iRobot
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.

iPhoney
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.

iphone
iphone

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

Viva
Viva

I agree! I want unlock!

andres
andres

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

Noah
Noah

when is the ios 4.2 realeas

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