Apple announces iOS 4.3

After the exciting announcement of the iPad 2, Apple had more announcements in store.

The next major release of the operating system is iOS 4.3. The new update will include a faster JavaScript engine, for faster web processing of specific pages. It will also include iTunes home sharing (AirPlay), allowing you to share videos from your handheld device to your AppleTV or iPad device. iOS 4.3 will also come with a personal hotspot feature, allowing you to create a wireless hotspot using your 3G connection to connect other devices (up to 5). The hotspot feature will be available for the iPhone 4 only.

iPad users will be able to set their own preference for their mute and rotation locks, allowing you to customize your iPad to your liking. iOS 4.3 will be available for the original iPad, iPhone 3Gs and 4 (GSM) and iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation) and iPad 1 and 2.

iOS 4.3 will also include AirPrint, enhanced mail app with unified inboxes, iTunes TV show rentals, a find my iPhone, iPod and iPod touch application, which displays its location on a map (3G enabled).

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How long do you think we'll have to wait before we can rename photographs on the device? To me this is a really basic function of a camera phone!

iOS 4.3 will be available for the original iPad, iPhone 3Gs and 4 (GSM)
So I take it iOS 4.3 won't be available for Verizon iPhone 4 since it's not GSM??

Tim Dawg said,
So I take it iOS 4.3 won't be available for Verizon iPhone 4 since it's not GSM??

It is not clear as the iPad2 with iOS 4.3 will be available on both AT&T and Verizon.

alexalex said,

It is not clear as the iPad2 with iOS 4.3 will be available on both AT&T and Verizon.


It is possible that they are still working out some issues with 4.3 on the Verizon iPhone, so it might be released later.

I imagine this will be one of the last if not the last updates from Apple for the 3GS, anything to get us to upgrade i suppose.

Matt B said,
I imagine this will be one of the last if not the last updates from Apple for the 3GS, anything to get us to upgrade i suppose.

You paid for what it did at the time of purchase, anything else is a nice bonus. So what are you complaining about?

roadwarrior said,

You paid for what it did at the time of purchase, anything else is a nice bonus. So what are you complaining about?

I don't think he's complaining, just highlighting the fact that they push a high turnover for their devices on their consumers.

Matt B said,
I imagine this will be one of the last if not the last updates from Apple for the 3GS, anything to get us to upgrade i suppose.

Must admit, the iPhone updates are better than any other mobile devices especially android. Apple have supported older devices way longer than other manufacturers

Pablo2008jedi said,

Must admit, the iPhone updates are better than any other mobile devices especially android. Apple have supported older devices way longer than other manufacturers

Very true. We are still waiting on our carrier to release an official Froyo update for my wife's HTC Desire (it ships with 2.1 here in the US, unlike everwhere else where it ships with 2.2). One of the US carriers has released it, but not the one we are on, and I am leary of trying it on her phone since it could cause issues using it on our carrier.

Absolutely fuming at Apple, my 3GS fully supports the hotspot feature, the 3GS was supported in the betas and now it's been mysteriously dropped for no apparent reason, not cool Apple.

thealexweb said,
Absolutely fuming at Apple, my 3GS fully supports the hotspot feature, the 3GS was supported in the betas and now it's been mysteriously dropped for no apparent reason, not cool Apple.
Fully agree - the current method of tethering just isn't practical. That being said... 2 hours after the jailbreak becomes available, I bet it'll be enabled.

Glassed Silver said,

They claim they did.
Up to twice the JS speed and other improvements.

GS:mac

Sadly JS speeds are about 0.05% of your browsing experience...

trollonknoll said,

What are rest can you give us a breakup?

Sure...
Network - Data retrieval
Scripting - Javascript
HTML Parsing
CSS Parsing
Block Constructs
Marshalling
Formatting
Layout
Rendering

Rendering and Parsing are the big hits, , which happen to be what makes IE9 scary fast handling HTML5.

PS Javascript can sometimes also be bigger than my hyperbolic number, but it is seldom that script operations reach 5% of what it takes to display or use a page.

Don't own either type of device, or any cell phone for that matter.

That said, for Apple not to support Flash, which IS the de facto standard at present, is foolish.

HTML5 may be the future, but you've still got to live in the present for now.

madkingsoup said,
Thank gods they are sorting out that stupid lock/mute button issue. Who says Apple doesn't listen to users(!)

Adobe and everyone wanting to use Flash.

I hope it comes with performance updates. Ever since the last one, I've been getting a lot of lag on and shortly after the lockscreen.

Dead'Soul said,
Drop support for iTouch 2G

Well.... Time needed to come, isn't it? It did last longer than the original iPod. What hurts me is that I bought my 2nd G iPod a month ahead of the 3rd... It still hurts me (Since they also dropped the price).
Low battery live using OS4... Oh Well.... I'll wait several years before an upgrade...

Jose_49 said,

Well.... Time needed to come, isn't it? It did last longer than the original iPod. What hurts me is that I bought my 2nd G iPod a month ahead of the 3rd... It still hurts me (Since they also dropped the price).
Low battery live using OS4... Oh Well.... I'll wait several years before an upgrade...

same for me, ipod touch 2g 32gb owner. It was my first ipod and apple product. Anyway 3G support won't last that much longer either, I will evaluate upgrading my ipod touch when a 128gb version comes. Plus, with latest rumors about 24 bit music in iTunes Store, I'll wait and see what happens before they update the hardware.

SuperZod said,

same for me, ipod touch 2g 32gb owner. It was my first ipod and apple product. Anyway 3G support won't last that much longer either, I will evaluate upgrading my ipod touch when a 128gb version comes. Plus, with latest rumors about 24 bit music in iTunes Store, I'll wait and see what happens before they update the hardware.


Will do the same, but not for a 128 gb version, don't have that much music . I'm fine with a 16gb, enough space for apps and music (For me)

thatguyandrew1992 said,

I want flash SOOOOOOO badly. I get really irritated after I get to a webpage with flash.

html5 is more common than flash now.

alexalex said,

html5 is more common than flash now.

No its not, html5 is hardly used at all compared to html4 and xhtml (you do know html5 refers to html code, not video functionality right?)

alexalex said,

html5 is more common than flash now.

Please research before you say something as this is obviously false.

alexalex said,
html5 is more common than flash now.
Besides the above comments, html5 [what] is more common than flash [what]? Video? Games? Interaction?

Renato456 said,
As long as it doesn't have flash it's still useless.

Flash is garbage anyway so it's ok. Until Adobe can make it not bring down a pc to it's knee's it should not be on mobile devices.

alexalex said,

html5 is more common than flash now.

Do you work for Apple? Or do you have a source to backup what you are saying?

Adamb10 said,

Flash is garbage anyway so it's ok. Until Adobe can make it not bring down a pc to it's knee's it should not be on mobile devices.

Never had an issue with FLASH on a PC or mobile device. I agree that FLASH is old and probably needs to go...but not until a replacement has been widely adopted and accepted. HTML5 isnt even finished yet.

Adamb10 said,

Flash is garbage anyway so it's ok. Until Adobe can make it not bring down a pc to it's knee's it should not be on mobile devices.

Wat? Flash 10.2 runs fine on my computer...hell even on my old core 2 duo it could play a 1080p video on youtube without ever going more than 20-30% cpu.

Adamb10 said,

Flash is garbage anyway so it's ok. Until Adobe can make it not bring down a pc to it's knee's it should not be on mobile devices.


Enjoy waiting till 2014 for html5; ) flash works amazing on my mobile device.

/- Razorfold said,
Wat? Flash 10.2 runs fine on my computer...hell even on my old core 2 duo it could play a 1080p video on youtube without ever going more than 20-30% cpu.

Mine uses about 20-30% when playing 1080p and I have an E8400 (core 2 duo, 2 cores, 3ghz)

ScottDaMan said,
Awesome. Glad it will be available to the original iPad owners.

I don't think there was any chance of it not being available. iPad 1 should be fine for another year at least, hopefully.