iOS 4.3 Is Here — Check Out What's New

The newest little step forward for iOS just dropped — and while it's nothing dramatic (or unexpected), it adds a nice little pinch of new functionality and performance. Here's what just got a little better about your iPhone/Pad/Pod:

Better AirPlay: You're now able to shoot videos from your iOS device to your Apple TV. If you have an Apple TV. If you don't, tough nards.

Faster Safari: The pocket version of Safari is getting a speed boost, sticking the desktop version's "Nitro" JavaScript engine under the hood—Apple's claiming double performance.

iTunes Home Sharing: Stream music and videos from your computer's iTunes library to an iOS device over your Wi-Fi network. Ke$ha eeeeeeverywhere!

iPad Switch Choice: We won! You can now decide whether you want your iPad's toggle switch to flip on mute, or activate orientation lock. YES WE CAN.

And finally (and most mysteriously!)...

Personal Hotspots: Hey, finally! When you're in the wilderness, out of Wi-Fi range, and internet freakout anxiety starts to creep in, you'll be able to share your phone's 3G signal with whatever other gadgets you've got with you (iPad, Windows laptop, whatever). It gets a little tricky though! Apple itself says "up to five" devices can be linked up via the iPhone's own WiFi, Bluetooth, and a USB connection. Though in a footnote, the site claims hotspotting "works with up to three devices over Wi-Fi, three devices over Bluetooth, and one device over USB." Does this mean you'll be able to split up your carrier's 3G stream into a seven-way data gangbang? We'll have to test and see. Even if not, the notion of sharing a single 3G connection seven ways sounds like a garbage sandwich. Particularly if you're the one stuck using Bluetooth. (Note that unlike the US, there's no charges for this kind of tethering in Australia so far.)

To download iOS 4.3, hook your iPhone up to your computer and select "Check for Update" in iTunes.

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Republished from Gizmodo


Comments

    I might week a while until we learn what alarm, daylight-saving and other similar issues have been re/introduced.

      Wise advice Mike... unless you have an urgent compelling reason to update now, it's always advisablet to wait a 1-3 weeks for Apple updates. The viel of secrecy the use means things get missed in testing and/or not shared/talked about between developers and solved before release...

      Tips for when 4.3.1 comes out to fix bugs introduced from 4.3 ? Early April I'm guessing.

      Looking forward to HotSpot though... about time Apple put that in there. Will save me 3G ech month for iPad and also having to get 3G version of the new Ipad :-)

      I updated my new iPhone 4 from factory 4.2.1 to 4.3
      My vibrate for sms was stuck on,and it wouldnt vibrate for calls,plus sms's were erased & call logs trippin out.,apple swapped it for a new one on 4.2.1 and agreed it had bud bug issues,.I'll def be waiting for 4.3.1 and skipping 4.3! I couldn't use wifi hotspot being pre-paid/pay as u go anyway
      Australia

    I won't be able to sleep tonight. This is amazing. I'm speechless. The world just became a magically better place.

    Hmmm, both the website directed to and the update itself are pretty clear on the personal hotspots: that it is up to five devices in a combination of max 3 wifi, max 3 bluetooth or 1 USB in whatever combo you like.

    Not sure if they have been changed for the release though. Didn't see the old version of the page.

      That's how mine was with hotspot wen on 4.3.,nothing has changed

    Isn't the wireless hotspots only available for Iphone 4g? i think i read that somewhere...

      Yep, pretty much everywhere I've read has said the Personal Hotspot is only for iPhone 4. Feels like intentional exclusion to me.

        It most certainly is, they supposedly had WiFi tethering on the 3gs during beta, but canned it for the GM, it could have been buggy or drained the battery too much or apple just don't want old gen phones having new tricks, Apple are never very forthcoming.

          Wifi hotspot on my iPhone 4 worked really well on my "infinite" plan and the battery handled it better than or same as my android-nexus S

      Correct about wifi hotspot for iPhone 4's

    Whenever I've gone into the Apple KB for iOS/iTunes issues I've found that the bugs are recurring ones that get reintroduced one or two point releases after a fix. There's a pattern of fix, fail, fail,... refix, fail, fail, ...

    Their testing program is incredibly sloppy.

      Wrong. Apple just works. Steve told me so.

        Yes iPhone 4 for wifi hotspot

    Is anyone else having problems configuring the side switch to lock screen orientation? I checked the apple site and apparently it's done through 'Settings', but for the life of me I can't see how...

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