Now that the "gold master" version of iOS 4.2 is in the hands of developers (and more than a few hackers!), speculation is rampant as to when the new firmware will actually hit the retail channels. Jailbreakability not withstanding, 4.2 is significant in that it unifies the iPod, iPad, and iPhone's features: multitasking, folders, the improved mail app, Game Center, AirPrint printing, and AirPlay media streaming, to name but a few.
A German site, Inside-Handy.de, claims to have talked to reps at Deutsche Telekom, who swear that the new iOS is debuting tomorrow (Tuesday, November 9). This could also mean the release of OS X 10.6.5 (to enable the iOS AirPrint functionality) and iTunes 10.1. (And just coincidentally, the Droid Pro is scheduled to drop that day as well; an Apple-esque PR buzzkill of this magnitude is not out of the question…)
"Nein!" cries crosstown techblog iFun, who found out that Apple will be pushing out some carrier updates this Friday (November 12) and theorize the firmware will hit the ground running the same day:
Mind you, none of these dates are coming from the House of Jobs proper, so take with the usual football-sized grain of salt.
Let's hope iOS 4.2 jailbreak will be ready in time.
[Via 9 to 5 Mac]