What’s New in the (coming soon) iOS 4.3 Update

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According to rumors last week Apple is expected to release the next update to iOS – the operating system for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch – on Valentines Day, a week from today. The update will be iOS 4.3.

Among the notable changes iOS 4.3 will bring are:

The Return of the Rotation Lock (huge cheers from the crowd). Yes, by popular demand it would seem, iOS 4.3 will offer a Settings option where you can choose to make the external button at the top right of the iPad a rotation lock again, or keep it as a mute switch.

AirPlay Video Support for 3rd Party Apps. Up to now, only a couple of built-in apps from Apple are able to steam video to an Apple TV (2nd gen). 4.3 will allow for 3rd party apps to do this as well. I’m running the latest 4.3 beta, but haven’t seen any 3rd party apps that support it yet.

Subscription Options for Newspaper and Magazine Apps – this one is not 100%, but it is hoped and expected that Apple will extend the subscription options offered by The Daily to all newspaper and magazine titles. Maybe we’ll even see a Newsstand app or section added to iBooks to go along with this. I’d like that as it would save the home screen getting littered with all sorts of individual titles.

Support for WiFi Hotspot feature – primarily for use with the new Verizon iPhone.

Are you all looking forward to the 4.3 update?  Are you running iOS 4.2 now?

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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