Well today’s expected iOS 4.2 update for the iPad is delayed. As of late yesterday all the pieces were falling into place. We had the the OS X 10.6.5 update released the other day. Then iTunes 10.1 update hit the web. Both of those updates were crucial to the iOS 4.2 update.
One would guess that next in line for release would be iOS 4.2, right? Wrong! Apparently some last minute WiFi connection issues caught the eye of Apple. Seems those iPad users that have been running iOS 4.2 Gold Master build on their iPad have been experiencing some fairly big connection issues. iPad users were having a hard time establishing a WiFi connection, then once an actual connection was established, there was no internet activity.
Ouch! That’s kind of a big issue to have so close to a final public release. And there seems to be quite a few iPad users reporting this issue. It’s been well documented on Apple’s discussion forums. The most common description of the WiFi issue is that even a user is able to connect to their local WiFi network, the connection is completely lost within a few minutes. Some users are reporting that they can’t even use Safari at all.
Word is Apple is planning on releasing a new GM build as early as tomorrow. Although nothing is confirmed or for certain, Apple might just release the build internally to select testers. It will basically be the same, but it will include a WiFi patch.
You figure if a fix is released tomorrow, Apple will need at least a week of testing before they decide to release the final public iOS build. So at the earliest we are looking at maybe a week from today before we see iOS 4.2 come down the pipe.