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Apple iOS updates coming soonAt Apple's press event Wednesday in San Francisco, CEO Steve Jobs announces updates to the mobile operating system. iOS 4.1 will bring new features starting this week, while version 4.2 will arrive this November.
-Today, we're introducing iOS 4.1, the next release of iOS, and it's got some really cool stuff in it so let me go through what it's got. First of all, a lot of bugs have been fixed. Proximity sensor bugs, Bluetooth bugs, iPhone 3G performance bugs, all the bugs that we get mails on. We think we've nailed a lot of them and we think you're gonna be pretty happy with it. Secondly, we've added a really cool thing called HDR Photos, high dynamic range photos and I'll explain that in a minute, but that's gonna be standard in iOS 4.1. The ability to upload HD video over Wi-Fi to YouTube and other places, built into 4.1. TV show rentals in addition to purchases, and Game Center is now making its debut for end users, and we think this is gonna be a pretty big deal, too. So, let's start off with high dynamic range photos. What are high dynamic range photos? Well, when we take a photo, a lot of times, we get it where it's blown out with light. You see it washed out with this bright light coming in over the building there. Well, when you turn on HDR just by tapping on that button there, when you take a photo, it actually takes three photos in rapid succession. It takes one normal exposure, what it thinks is the appropriate exposure and then one that's underexposed and one that's overexposed and it combines these three with some pretty sophisticated algorithms to produce an HDR photo and it's pretty amazing and we keep both the normal photo and the HDR photo in the Photos app so you can just compare the two of them and use the one you like, but it's really remarkable in some photos and let me show you a few other examples. Here's another one where you can see how HDR has pulled out the sky and pulled out the detail in the foreground. Here's another one where you can see it's trying to pull out the shadow in the background, you can see her legs, pulling them out of the shadows as well. Take a look at this one. You can't even see the pavement, the one on the left and look at how it's pulled all that out from the one on the right. And one final one, again, you can see the sky and a lot more detail in the background using HDR. So, for some photos, it's pretty great and it's built into iOS 4.1. Another thing we've built in is Game Center and Game Center is both APIs for developers to build into their apps and it's an app called Game Center right on the phone. Game Center's all about multiplayer games and it allows you to challenge your friends to multiplayer games and they can challenge you, and if you don't have any friends, it will auto-match you with people. So, it's pretty great in that way, too, and you can compare scores and you can discover new games your friends are playing, so it's pretty nice so as an example, this is Thor and Thor can take a look at the games that they've played with other people and Thor is one of my 73 friends, let's say. I've got 73 friends and I've got 19 games that are multiplayer games that work with Game Center so I can take one of those games and, as an example, Angry Birds, I can look at leaderboards, I can look at achievements, and everything I've done with my friends to see how I'm doing. So, here, I'm inviting two friends, Appleseed and Thor and I'm gonna get matched up with Game Center with two other players of roughly equal ability, all automatically. Or, if Thor wants to invite me to play a game, this is what it looks like. Alright, Thor has invited me. I can decline or accept. So that's Game Center, so those are just two of the many things in iOS 4.1 and it's gonna be available next week. It's for iPhone and iPod Touch and it's gonna be a free download via iTunes so look for it, iOS 4.1 next week. Now, I've got a little surprise for you today. It's a sneak peek at the next iOS release, 4.2. 4.2 is gonna come a little later this year and it's all about iPad. It's bringing everything to iPad. iOS 4.1 with its multitasking, it's folders, Game Center, HDR photos, everything you saw here, all of it to iPad. Wireless printing. We're adding wireless printing to iOS. And we're adding something really cool called AirPlay which we'll talk about a little later today. So let me give you a little feel for printing. So, let's say we're in Pages on the iPad and we wanna print and we push the "Tools" button here with our finger and we get up our tools and we see, there's "Print" now. We push "Print" and we get to select our printer, we get the number of pages, very, very simple, and we can just say "Print." Now, again, select the printer for the front office so we're going ahead and we're printing. Whenever we're printing, down below, if we bring up the multitasking bar, we see that it's put Print Center right in the front and showing us how many jobs are printing--in this case, one--and we can go examine it. We can even cancel it if we want to so that gives you a feel for how simple printing is gonna be in iOS and it's very powerful. Now, what is AirPlay? Well, you know what AirTunes is, it's streaming music over Wi-Fi to an AirPort Express base station so you can listen to music all over your house from your mobile device. Well, we're changing the name of AirTunes to AirPlay because it's not just gonna be music anymore, you're gonna be able to stream audio but also video and photos over Wi-Fi to other devices and we'll get into that a little bit later. So, let me just give you a brief demo of iOS 4.2 running on an iPad. I've got my iPad here and let me go ahead and just go ahead and swipe over here and let me launch Pandora and I've got some Jack Johnson music here, let's go ahead and play that. And let me bring up the multitasking bar. There it is and let's go to mail. So we're multitasking here, listening to Pandora in the background and there's mail. We've got multi-threaded mail here so, again, two messages from Gary Dunn and here's one talking about Gibson Wes Montgomery guitar so let's go take a look at that and how we multitask over to the browser and here we are in the web. Right? Again. We can just go over here and stop and start our music. Very, very simple. So let me show you folders now. Let's go ahead and make a folder with our news apps so I can just get into jiggle mode here and I'll just put NPR on top of Wall Street Journal and it's made a folder called News right here which I could rename if I want to and I'll go ahead and put the Financial Times in there and put Editors Choice in there and I can even put this down on my dock if I want to and now I've got a news folder right there with my news apps in it. Right on my iPad. So, all of us that use iPhones know and love all these features and we love them and we can't wait to get them on our iPad. So, when is 4.2 coming out? It's coming out in November and it's going to be a free update for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, with all those new features in it.