updated 03:35 pm EST, Thu November 18, 2010
iOS 4.2 being bypassed entirely?
Apple is seeding a new gold master of iOS to developers, v4.2.1, reports say. Although no notes have been leaked, one source claims that the firmware is aimed at fixing some serious issues with audio and Exchange support in iOS 4.2, which itself received an unusual second gold master distribution last Friday. Apple has yet to push v4.2 out to the public, and the existence of a v4.2.1 preview likely suggests that the former will not reach the general public.
The audio and Exchange problems are said to have been so serious that Apple asked for v4.2.1 testing to be completed by this weekend "no matter what." The source adds that a public release may only happen next week, which would represent yet another delay for the firmware. Apple has for months promised that iOS 4.2 would be released sometime in November.