Next week, the company will introduce iOS 4.1, with a number of bug fixes, followed by iOS 4.2 for iPad. The operating system updates will include wireless printing, a feature guaranteed to clash with mobile offerings from Microsoft. The upgrades were announced during an Apple event Sept. 1 in San Francisco, where new iPods and revamped Apple TV and iTunes services were also announced.
The iPad’s wireless printing also presents something of a challenge to Microsoft, which could have used a continued lack of that feature as a competitive differentiator for its own Windows 7 tablets.
Apple’s extensive refresh of its mobile line, paired with continued strong sales for both the iPhone 4 and the iPad, creates additional headwinds for Microsoft as it seeks to gain share in mobile through its own smartphones and tablets. Jobs claimed some 120 million devices running iOS, with 230,000 new iOS activations per day.
For more, read the eWeek article, Apple TV, iPods, Ping Will Challenge Google, Facebook, Microsoft.