Update iPad to iOS 4.2 (8C134b build) for Free

Its not November yet for Apple? Can’t wait anymore to try iOS 4.2 on your iPad hands on? Missing multi-tasking, AirPlay, AirPrint, folders, etc for a long time? There you go!

I discovered these steps myself, and it works. Here are the steps:

  1. Install latest iTunes (10.1) from http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ . It doesn’t work with earlier version of iTunes (10.0), iTunes 10.1 is necessary to carry out the update.
  2. Download the .ipsw software update files from either of these sources:
    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9EK4DWMZ (this one allowed me to download at 4mbps on a free a/c)
    http://depositfiles.com/en/files/jysjbwdlq (this one was rather slow, and the max speed on free a/c was 32kbps)
  3. Plug in and connect your iPad to computer.
  4. Run iTunes 10.1 or higher.
  5. Select the iPad from Devices list.
  6. Optional but recommended, take a backup of the iPad in case of accidental file lost.
  7. Click on Restore while holding Shift (for PC) and Option (for Mac).
  8. Browse to the Firmware 4.2 that you downloaded in step 2 and select it.

While installing the iOS 4.2 firmware, iTunes tries to connect to Apple server to verify the update, but that doesn’t stop the update. After the update, your iPad is installed with iOS 4.2 factory settings. The next thing to be done is to restore all your applications, settings, music and videos from your last backup.

Hope it helps your anxiety, thanks for reading. Comments appreciated, cheers!

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