iOS 4.2.1 for iPad Finally Here: AirPlay + Apple TV a Mixed Bag

It seems like forever, but it has been less than five months since iOS 4 became available for the iPhone but not the iPad. Every time I used my iPhone 4, I knew what was missing on the iPad: Support for more than one Exchange ActiveSync server, folders, unified inbox, and more. But, Apple’s announcement and 10am Pacific Standard Time download availability did not spell the end of the wait for me. The MacBook Air’s WiFi issues prevented me from getting a download at first. Then, the Air crashed and would not boot requiring an SMC reset to revive it. Fortunately, a friend who waitied 7 hours for the mere (relatively speaking) 578.1MB file to download from Apple’s overtaxed servers copied his iOS 4.2.1 iPad update file to my thumb drive. This finally let me update my iPad.

Apple’s iOS 4.2 Available Today for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch

The new AirPlay feature turned out to be a mixed bag when I tested it with the Apple TV. Photo slide shows and video showed up fine at first. However, when I tested playing music from the iPod app, subsequent attempts to send video the Apple TV didn’t work (the Apple TV 2010 model needed a software update too). Only audio was transmitted. I haven’t had a chance to play a lot with my iPad with iOS 4.2.1. However, I’m looking forward to using a number of its new features right away (like multiple Exchange ActiveSync support and unified inbox email reading).