iOS 4.2 for iPad and iPhone Delayed Due to Wifi Issues?

The Web is abuzz with speculation that the anticipated Friday release of the much awaited update announced by Apple some months back has been delayed by at least a week due to Wifi connectivity issues experienced by testers of the Gold Master 4.2 build (supposedly the final version before the official release).

The equally controversial recent Mac OS X 10.6.5 software update also set the Web on fire amid rumors that the much-awaited AirPrint functionality was pulled out at the last minute. The update was indeed released without AirPrint functionality.

Developers and users of the GM build have reported dropping Wifi connection after a few minutes, a bug that Apple seems intent on fixing before the public release of the update, which should still happen in November, as initially announced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs himself. A newer version of the Gold Master build has been released presumably to address these issues. While the exact date remains a mystery, a reliable source has told The Telegraph that Apple plans to release it on Nov 24th.

iOS 4.2 promises 100+ features, including Game Center, multitasking and a unified inbox for iPad users, features currently being enjoyed by iPhone and iPod Touch users.

Below is a video of YouTube user mackhm showing connectivity issues using the 4.2 build.

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