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iOS 4.2.1 includes FaceTime voice control, other tweaks

updated 03:00 pm EST, Mon November 22, 2010

Makes 40-plus security fixes

The iOS 4.2.1 firmware, posted earlier today, also includes a number of changes not widely publicized by Apple. Among these are enhancements to FaceTime, which can now be triggered using Voice Control or from within an SMS conversation. The video calling technology also newly supports Bluetooth accessories.

The font in Notes can be changed through the Settings app, and ICS files can now be imported into Calendar. SMS and MMS text tones have been added, including the option of setting custom tones for each contact. Some other improvements involve new parental controls for things like account settings and app deletion.

Bugfixes address glitches in audio recorded with a fourth-generation iPod touch, and problems with car stereo playback when connected via USB. Security notes show that over 40 security vulnerabilities have been closed, in areas such as profiles, CoreGraphics, Mail and iAd. The vast majority were in WebKit, the engine underlying iOS' Safari web browser.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Multi-user/guest accounts...?

    ...for iPad sharing - my main buying reservation at the moment...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple sees the iPhone/iPad/iPod as personal devices, not shared family devices. The number of people who'd want 'different accounts' for their iOS device is probably really small.

    Plus you've got your device then being potentially cluttered up with two different sets of apps tied to different iTMS accounts, not to mention different user data, different music/videos. So they'd have to add all that account management, multiple home directory c***, into the OS, just because a couple of folks want to share but not share.

    Apple would find it cheaper if they just cut the price and you bought two.

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