iOS 4.2 released: what's new?

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iOS 4.2 finally brings the iOS 4 to the iPad

After weeks of rumours, Apple's new iOS 4.2 has finally been released, as reported first in TechCrunch. It means for the first time since its launch, the iPad is now on the same iOS version as all other devices.

Updating iOS 4.2 breathes new life to the iPad with these great new features

There is an extensive list of new features included in the iOS 4.2 update. Long-suffering iPad owners have had wait months to experience the feature-rich iOS 4 enjoyed by iPhone and iPod touch users. The wait is now over.

  • Multitasking, switching between apps is now effortless
  • Folders, a handy organiser on the iPhone but it will be indispensable on the iPad
  • Global controls -- the same as the iPhone but bigger and better
  • AirPrint was rumoured to have been dropped last week, but included for certain HP printers
  • AirPlay: streaming HD video wirelessly from Apple TV
  • "Find my iPhone / iPad" tracking, free

For the full list of new iOS 4.2 features on the iPad go to the Apple site.

iOS 4.2 is also available on other devices

Although it's the iPad's big day, the update is available on the following compatible devices:

  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPod touch 2nd generation
  • iPod touch 3rd generation
  • iPod touch 4th generation

Back up your iPad on iTunes, just in case...

Before you jump in and install the iOS 4.2 update to get all those nice features, sync & backup on iTunes.

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Andy Coles has been building and documenting iPhone Backup Extractor since it was first released. He's made a number of discoveries in the field of data recovery, most notably techniques for transferring data between iPhone backups.

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I don't know my passcode to rescue the backup can you help me?

We'll try our best. Drop us a note through our help page or with the live chat, and we'll get started.

I need help I'm trying to do this in 2017 and the app is different. Is there an updated tutorial? By the way, I have iOS 11.


Hey Cameron, thanks for asking! Yes, we've just updated this page. Let us know if you have more questions.

This has been changed, and should be updated. The file for to find your restrictions passcode is com.apple.restrictionspassword.plist. everything else is the same.


Thanks for spotting this Jonathan, we've just updated it.

I've tried this step by step but when I try to extract the com.apple.springboard.plist file an error pops up saying "Key Not Found" exception? Anyone have any ideas what I should do?

Hi Naima, we'd recommend using the Restrictions Passcode recovery wizard instead of doing it manually. You can get into that click clicking "Restrictions passcode recovery" from the overview screen. Reach out if you get stuck!

Does this work on iPad ?

Hi Al, it sure does. Drop us a note if you need help.

I cant find the pin I have iOS 6.0.1 I only have 1 backup in my new computor and in the old I only have before I enabled the f-ckin restriction

How do I do now?

Mia, sorry to read that! Get in touch with us directly and we'll help you fix this.


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