The iOS 4.2 download (Beta 1) was released to developers today. Steve Jobs announced iOS 4.2 during the new iPod launch event last week, and he also said that the final version of iOS 4.2 software will be out in December.
New features of iOS 4.2 include Game Center (Apple’s social gaming network that allows users to invite friends to play a game, start a multiplayer game through auto-matching, track their achievements, and compare their best scores on a leaderboard), Multi-tasking (allows your iPad apps to take advantage of multitasking services, including playing audio, push notifications, receiving location change events, and more), and AirPrint (enables instant wireless printing from iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch with no set up required).
If you are a developer you can grab the iOS 4.2 download (beta 1) from the iOS Dev Center or the links below. If you’re not a developer you’ll just need to wait until November for the final version of iOS 4.2 to be released.