As predicted by yesterday’s revised rumors, iOS 4.3 has been released today and is available for download and install right now in iTunes. As with any iOS update, you just need to plug your iPad into your PC and you should be prompted that there is an update available to apply. If you’re not just click the Update button on the info page for your iPad and then you’ll get prompted.
The big additions that the 4.3 update brings to the iPad are:
— AirPlay Enhancements: There’s now support for streaming videos from the Photos app, and support for video out of third party apps was promised for this update, though Apple’s wording on their 4.3 for iPad page is a little vague to say the least:
Even AirPlay-enabled apps and websites get the big-screen treatment with iOS 4.3.
It looks like earlier rumors that we might see iOS 4.3 released today were over-optimistic. I just checked a few minutes ago (nearly an hour after the supposed release time) and there’s no update available.
The Loop has an article up saying they still expect an earlier release than the announced March 11 date – and point at tomorrow as being the likely release day. I feel optimistic about this as well, as I think it makes a lot of sense for Apple to have a little breathing space between the launches of the iPad 2 and the new OS update for iPad and iPhone.
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Well, here’s quite an interesting Rumor of the Day – and happily it’s one that can be verified, or not, within just a few hours. BGR has heard that Apple will release iOS 4.3 – the latest update to the iPad and iPhone operating system – at 1:00 PM Eastern today.
That would be three full days ahead of the announced release date of March 11 (same as the iPad 2).
BGR’s source also offered them information on the new personal hotspot feature for iPhone 4:
There has been a lot of talk surrounding Apple’s personal hotspot feature, specifically it’s capability of only supporting 3 wireless connections (as opposed to 5 like many other devices). Well, we have been told it’s all left to the carrier to decide. If a carrier requests it, five devices will be supported, but by default, it’s three.
iOS 4.3 brings a few nice new features to the iPad – including better / faster Safari performance, iTunes home sharing, AirPlay support for 3rd party apps, and of course the ability to get the rotation lock back on its original external button.
I’ll definitely be checking iTunes for this update at midday.
Today Apple has released the GM seed, or gold master, version of the soon-to-be released iOS 4.3 for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
A gold master build is generally near identical to the final public release – only likely to change if major bugs are discovered and fixable between GM release and final.
I’m downloading the new build now and will post about any fun new things I see in it if I spot any.
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?
The latest beta version of the upcoming iOS 4.3 was released just a short while ago by Apple, for registered developers.
This latest version is beta 3, and is hopefully getting close to what will become the final build of iOS 4.3. I’m downloading the iPad beta now and will post again if I find anything interesting and new in it.
I finally got round to installing iOS 4.3 Beta 2 on my daughter’s iPad (which is also used for a bit of testing) yesterday. I’d been dying to play around with the new multitasking gestures that it includes – and now I’ve had a chance to and I thought I’d share just a few quick thoughts on these and what I’ve seen in the beta so far.
In these betas for 4.3 you can turn the new multitasking gestures off or on via the Settings app, as shown above. The new gestures are as follows:
Use four or five fingers to: Pinch to the Home screen, Swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar, and Swipe left or right to move between running apps.
Apple has let developers know that those funky new multitasking gestures we’ve seen in the iOS 4.3 beta will not remain in the final public release of 4.3.
This feature will not be enabled in iOS 4.3 for customers, but [Apple is] providing this preview to gather input on how these gestures work with [developer’s] apps.
I know many users will be disappointed to hear this and my initial reaction was to feel that way as well. Having thought about it just a bit, I’m now glad to hear this though. Letting developers have a good, long while to experiment with these new gestures should help determine how useful they really are, how easy (or not) they are to use, and how they may interfere with the operation of 3rd party apps. Hopefully this will just make them better if and when they do come to iOS.
News Via: Gizmodo
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You may have seen Brandon’s post here earlier about the new multitasking gestures in iOS 4.3 (beta), where he mentioned that a lot of folks are even predicting that these could eventually replace the home button.
My very quick thoughts on this are:
— Please No! I’m with Brandon on this – no way do I want to see the home button go away.
— I’m not keen on the fact that these gestures require four or five fingers. I don’t think those are generally as easy to get right. Two finger gestures would be much better.
— The setting shown in the iOS 4.3 beta demos can be turned on and off. So at least for now, that does not look like a replacement for the home button – just another method.
— If Apple is looking at expanding the range of supported gestures, for pete’s sake can we finally get a gesture to popup a services toggle, a la the wonderful SBSettings jailbreak app?
What do you all think about these new multitasking gestures? And the possible replacement of the home button?
The iPad Rotation Lock is back in the latest iOS beta.
As the screenshot above – from my colleague Brandon – shows, in the current iOS 4.3 beta (released only to registered developers for now) there is a Settings option to use the hardware switch at the top right of the iPad as either a rotation lock or a mute button.
As many of you will recall, when the iPad initially launched the hardware button at top right served as a rotation lock – but the recent, big iOS 4.2 update changed this to a mute switch, and moving the rotation lock function to the far left of the Multitasking Bar. Many users, including me, hated this change.
So this is some very good news in the 4.3 beta. Having the option to set the hardware button as you like is a hugely welcome change. I know mine will be set just as Brandon’s is above.
News Via: iSource
iOS 4.3 beta and iOS 4.3 SDK beta are now available to iOS Developer Program members. Start adding the new capabilities of this beta release to your apps including the ability to stream video to Apple TV using AirPlay, iAd full screen banners, and HTTP Live Streaming statistics.
That’s from an email Apple sent out to iOS developers earlier today. So hopefully we’ll see lots more iPad apps offering AirPlay video support in coming months.
A few things to keep in mind if you’re looking to try out this latest beta:
— It’s likely pretty pointless unless you are a developer and want to test AirPlay video support.
— It is noted by Apple as pre-release software that is for development purpose only, and it is the first of the 4.3 betas.
— If that’s not enough reason to be very cautious, you should also know that once you install this 4.3 beta you cannot restore back down to an earlier version of iOS. You can only update to a newer beta when released or the final 4.3 software – which may be quite a ways away from being released.