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Master volume

A new icon

Voice Control

Jump to FaceTime from the messaging app

Printing photos

Printing an individual photo

Choose a printer

Fonts for Notes

Three fonts compared

Searching in Safari

Highlight text

More in Safari

Ringer volume

More alert tones

Adding text tones for contacts

More keyboards

Restrictions

More restrictions

Rate YouTube videos

It's not out for the public yet, and we still don't know when it will come, but the Gold Master for Apple's iOS 4.2 became available this week. Apple is still mum on the official features list, but we found a lot of new goodies after we downloaded and installed the developer version on the iPhone 4. The iPad will get additional changes from iOS 4.2, which we've covered in a separate photo gallery.

Nothing is particularly Earth-shattering, but we welcome the updates in any case. You'll find interface tweaks, new personalization options, and added functionality.

First, off is a new master volume control that's accessible from the Home screen. To get there, double tap the home button to get the standard multitasking menu. Then, if you swipe all the way to the left (past the iPod controls), you'll see a new master volume control.

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No, it's not exciting, but the Voice Memos icon gets a makeover. The feature is the same, however.
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And speaking of voices, now you can activate FaceTime via the Voice Control Feature.
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You've always been able to initiate a phone call in a text messaging thread, but now you can go directly to a FaceTime conversation as well. Just tap the relevant touch control at the center top. Of course, you'll need to be on Wi-Fi at the time.
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After selecting multiple photos, you'll see a new option to send the shots directly to a connected printer.
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You also have the option to print when selecting a single photo. It joins the existing controls for sending the photo as an MMS or e-mail, assigning it to a contact, and using it as wallpaper.
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if you decide to print, your iPhone will search for avaialble printers.
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With a new option in the Settings menu you can change the font for the Notes app. We can't say this is something that's been high on our wish list. Also, we prefer to be able to change the font directly from the Notes app.
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You can only use one font at a time, but we compiled the three choices to show you how they differ. The Marker Felt font is what the Notes app has always offered.
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Though it's not entirely intuitive at first--we'd like a dedicated search field--you can search for text on a Safari page in the standard Google search box. Google results will appear at the top of the list with page results at the bottom. Indeed, this is one of iOS 4.2's better additions.
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If you click on the page results bar you'll see the related text highlighted in yellow. You then can move between all instances by pressing the "Next" button.
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The plus sign at the bottom of the Safari browser has been replaced by a new arrow icon.
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If you press it, you'll see a new "Print" option below the buttons for adding a bookmark, adding a shortcut to the home screen, and e-mailing a link to the page.
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In the Settings menu you can choose whether you'd like to adjust the ring and alert tone volume with the volume buttons on the iPhone's left spine.
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iOS 4.2 brings 17 new alert tones, most of which we found to be intolerable. Exercise extreme caution when using "Fanfare" in public.
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When editing contacts, you can choose to assign your friend a ringtone and a specific text tone.
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iOS 4.2 brings keyboards for more languages like Tibetan.
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With the new parental control options, you can keep those meddling kids from changing your e-mail accounts and deleting apps.
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Also, you can restrict anyone from adding new Game Center friends.
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You can like and dislike YouTube videos. To access the option, click on the Comments button on a video's page.
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