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Steve Jobs says he is basically reinventing Apple’s tablet as consumers prepare to hit the stores over the next five weeks.
The latest software update for the iPad, brings multitasking, AirPrint and a few other goodies to the touchscreen tablet. While these features are certainly nice (they came to the iPhone earlier this year), Jobs took it a bit further.
“iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” Jobs said in a news release. “Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit.”
iOS 4.2 also comes with Game Center, so users can play against each other; AirPlay, which allows streaming content from the iPad to Apple TV; and the ability to organize their apps into folders.
Apple is also making the popular Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) software free on all the iOS devices. Via an app users can locate a missing iPhone or iPad on a map and have it make a sound. You also remotely lock or wipe data from a lost device.
With this software update 4.2 Apple in some way is keeping back to Samsung and RIM tablets.