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Rumored release dates for iOS 4.2 continue to fly fast and furious, with The Telegraph now reporting that the update is set to launch on November 24th, the day before Thanksgiving in the United States.
The iOS 4.2 software update had been expected today, but Apple has delayed it release until Nov 24, a reliable source has told the Telegraph.

Apple has refused to comment on the speculation, stating only that it had said the software update would be released in November.

But a source that works closely with Apple said that the company had shelved its original plan to release the software update today, and had instead pushed back the launch until later this month.
The report comes as Apple appears to have pushed out a tweaked version of the iOS 4.2 golden master for iPad to developers, moving from Build 8C134 seeded to developers on November 1st to a new Build 8C134b.


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Apple had been rumored to be releasing iOS 4.2 today, but a pair of reports published late yesterday indicated that a public launch would not occur until at least next Tuesday. Rumors had pointed to issues with Wi-Fi connectivity on the iPad as reasons for pushing the public release back from Apple's initial internal plans, and the appearance of a new iPad build today could lend some credence to that claim.

Article Link: New Claim of iOS 4.2 Launch on November 24th as Revised iPad Build Surfaces
 

Merthyrboy

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Hmm an interesting find. Will be expensive over thanks giving for customer support I think.
 
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HarryKeogh

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Of course, I'll be away for Thanksgiving with just my iPad (not flying with both my iPad and MacBook Pro!) and won't be able to update until that Sunday.

Bummer! But I'll live.

Unless my flight crashes. :(
 
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rwilliams

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Better to delay it and ensure that it works than unleash it and face the wrath of millions of angry customers. Of course, I'm speaking as an iPhone 4/iPod Touch owner that will get little out of 4.2 to begin with. The iPad owners must be steamed.
 
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guzhogi

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How much you wanna bet that Apple will release itunes 10.1.1 or something with this just to work with the final version of iOS 4.2?

I agree, might as well take their time to get the kinks out than shove it out now with a bunch of bugs. Funny, how a lot of the people who say they want the new versions now also complain about all the bugs.
 
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Andronicus

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keep guessing

It will be released this day!

*"this day" comes*

oh, not here....it will be released this day!!!:D
 
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ctdonath

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"...when it's done" is good.

Perfecting a release is hard when facing an arbitrary deadline.
 
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aperry

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I've been following posts from people who took the golden master when it was originally released and immediately noticed the WiFi issues within minutes of installing it.

I continue to be surprised at how poor Apple's quality control is. I don't expect software to be perfect, but I would love to know how some of these obvious and critical issues make it into a golden master.
 
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/dev/toaster

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I've been following posts from people who took the golden master when it was originally released and immediately noticed the WiFi issues within minutes of installing it.

I continue to be surprised at how poor Apple's quality control is. I don't expect software to be perfect, but I would love to know how some of these obvious and critical issues make it into a golden master.

I have been running the GM for over a week and have not had a single wifi issue. *knock on wood*
 
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Jai.Mac

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As much as I would love for it to be released today I want the update to work properly. I wonder if the Wi-Fi issue is the same one that I've had on my iPhone 4. It's ironic that now that the iPad gets updated to 4.2 that Wi-Fi issues creep in. I've had big problems with my Wi-Fi just not being fast enough, mail for example takes forever to load and I never had this problem prior to 4.0...food for thought.

As for the release date, I honestly don't think anyone knows what they're talking about! Some "sources" say Tuesday some say the 24th. I think it's safe to say everyone is really just guessing. Hopefully it will be sooner than later but I think we're just gonna have to wait and see.
 
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deviant

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omg apple omg.
about wifi - depends on your router. some worked fine for me, some didn't.
 
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ctdonath

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I would love to know how some of these obvious and critical issues make it into a golden master.

Those intensely focused on a new product settle into patterns of use and thinking which preclude considerations outside that box. Nobody outside the team handles the product until very late in testing, thus common behaviors which are not "inside the development box" are not encountered until just before release (or right after). Certain limiting presumptions must be made about design & testing, and both must be done within certain constraints, else they'll never finish it.

That's why a developer was discovered out at a bar with an iPhone 4 prototype: they thought it was completed, but wasn't until used in real-world conditions could they be sure. Things like Wi-Fi have certain uniform behavior in the office & lab, but have very different issues out in the wild. Things happen in real world use which don't happen in the lab - like losing the durn thing.
 
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daneoni

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so only the iPad version needed tweaking? i assume iP4, 3GS, Touch still have the same GM versions?
 
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dguisinger

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I continue to be surprised at how poor Apple's quality control is. I don't expect software to be perfect, but I would love to know how some of these obvious and critical issues make it into a golden master.

Some people... I wear.... how poor Apple's quality control is?

The fact that they release a build to TESTERS which they thought was final, they find out there are issues and decide to FIX it before release to the PUBLIC?

Its not like the gold master was released publicly. Gold master means "we have no issues we know about and think we can release it"... now they know about it and fixed it.

If you find a problem fixed through the normal means of testing a product, I would call that GOOD QUALITY CONTROL. The issue wasn't in the prior build that was released to testers; and doesn't appear to affect all iPad users and may not have occurred within the lab.
 
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sanford

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Or all along they planned it for the last business day before the busiest shopping day in North America and other parts of the world with major early winter holidays or traditional gift-giving occasions. The last workday of the month for a lot of people, probably many at Apple, who will take extended Thanksgiving holidays continuing through the following week.

There's no way of knowing. The original rumors were Wednesday MacOS 10.6.5, Thursday iTunes 10.1, Friday iOS 4.2. MacOS and iTunes were said to be, and apparently were, unaffected by any known show-stoppers. Yet iTunes didn't make it out until today.

Again, and I've said it before, when Apple says November, they mean on or prior to the last day of November, but usually a lot closer to "on" than "prior to." And they usually meet these release commitments, especially for software. This year, November 24th is tantamount to the last day of the month. I see no reason to believe iOS 4.2 was EVER scheduled for release before that date. GMs are always subject to revision, and internal and/or external rerelease.
 
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