A week ago we reported that Apple has released the iOS 4.2 gold master to developers. Past release cycles suggest that the release would happen a week later. Apple also pushed out another OS X 10.6.5 build to developers on Friday. OS X 10.6.5 is expected to be released at the same time as iOS 4.2 to fully support AirPrint. Apple actually already released OS X 10.6.5 internally a week ago. It looks like they found some late stage bugs. If all goes well Apple should be able to release iOS 4.2 in the coming week.
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The best day would be Monday November 8th. Why? On Monday the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 phones go on sale. With the release of iOS 4.2 Apple would draw a lot of media attention away. On top of that the new powerful features like AirPlay and AirPrint make the Windows Phone 7 phones look inferior. iPhone owners would have new arguments telling their Microsoft friends why the iPhone is way better than WP7 phones.
If Apple is ready, than I am pretty sure they pull the trigger on the iOS 4.2 tomorrow. What do you think? Post your guess below in the comments.
Update 3: iOS 4.2 Release is on Nov. 22nd says Apple.
Update 2: New rumor says iOS 4.2 gets released on Friday 10am PDT. OS X 10.6.5 comes Wednesday.
Update 1: November 8 passed and Apple did not release iOS 4.2. So have their bets on today. But considering that Apple just seeded a new build of OS X 10.6.5 on Monday to developers it seems unlikely. My bets are no on Thursday or next Tuesday.