iOS 4.2 features

I recently returned from my honeymoon on the gorgeous island of St. Lucia. After a rocky start that involved a hotel change due to a hurricane in October, my wife and I had a wonderful time. I forgot about technology for a brief period of time, but now it’s back to business.

During my honeymoon, iOS 4.2 was released for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The new iOS brings great features to iPad, some that are new and others that were previously available for iPhone 4 and iPod touch (3rd and 4th generations). Among the previously available features are multi-tasking and folders.

I want to illustrate two other iOS 4.2 features for iPad, and relate them to working with children. The first is an update for the orientation lock, which has gone from an external switch (now the mute switch) to a button in multi-tasking. When using my iPad with children, I frequently lock the orientation so the screen doesn’t turn unintentionally. The second is a brand new feature for restricting access to deleting apps. This is particularly exciting for me and others who’ve had children accidentally delete apps. See below for enabling the features:

Locking orientation
1. Double click the home
button for multitasking.
2. Flick from left to right
until you see iPod controls.
3. Tap the button for
locking screen rotation.

Restricting access to deleting apps
1. Open the Settings app on the home screen.
2. Tap General, then Restrictions
3. Enable Restrictions by entering a passcode
4. Turn Deleting Apps OFF.
5. Click the home button, then tap and hold on a 3rd party app (e.g., BrainPOP) until your apps pulse. You can now move the apps, but not delete them.

To update the iOS, sync your device to iTunes and check for update on the summary screen. Click to download and install the 4.2.1 update.


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