Apple announces iOS 4.1, demoes iOS 4.2 features airplay media streaming

Apple’s just announced iOS 4.1 boasting a number bug fixes and some pretty notable additions. The fixes include remedies for the proximity sensor issue, Bluetooth, and iPhone 3G performance, while the new features include High Dynamic Range photos, HD video uploads over WiFi, TV show rentals, and, at long last, Game Center. That latter bit is pretty much what we’ve been seeing all along, and boasts a range of new capabilities for multiplayer gaming, including the ability to challenge friends, keep track of scores, and new ways to find games — of which there will be some pretty interesting new ones that take advantage of the added capabilties. Look for the update to hit iTunes sometime next week as a free download for your iPhone or iPod touch.

In addition to this Apple will demo iOS 4.2 which will be everything iOS 4.1 is bringing, plus some extra goodies, and will finally bring iOS 4 (hello multitasking!) to the iPad. The most exciting of the new features is AirPlay, which is Apple’s redub for AirTunes, with the important addition of being able to stream music and video to your i-device over WiFi (with an iPad even acting as host for the new Apple TV). Also over WiFi is a new wireless printing feature, complete with a little Print Center applet that sits in the dock and lets you manage your print jobs. It might not be sexy, but it’s certainly a welcome addition to iOS. Apple will be launching iOS 4.2 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices in November.

Download the iOS 4.1 Software Update

Direct Download Links for iOS 4.1 (Official from Apple)

Do not forget to backup your SHSH Blobs with TinyUmbrella (Windows and Mac) before it’s too late!! It is important to note that Notcom has now updated TinyUmbrella which provides baseband protection for your iPhone 4 or iPod Touch 4G on iOS 4.1. Now, you can downgrade baseband as well, till Apple signs iOS 4.0.2 firmware.

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