Apple releases beta of iOS 4.3, AppleTV software to developers [Updated]

Apple has just published an "iOS 4.3 beta" for its registered developers, offering support for the new "Personal Hotspot," as well as new access for app and web app developers to use their "AirPlay" for video, while seemingly dropping support for the iPhone 3G - at least for the current release.

The "Personal Hotspot" feature, shown yesterday at Verizon's iPhone 4 announcement, allows iPhone users to turn their device into a WiFi hotspot, allowing up to 5 devices to connect and use the data provided on a phone's data plan. This feature, of course, is carrier-dependant - not everyone will be allowed to access it.

Further integration of AirPlay has also made it into this beta release, allowing developers to opt-in to have video, in addition to audio that was already support, pushed to the Apple TV. Web developers are required to use a proprietary "airplay" parameter in their HTML code in order to allow video from the web to play over the service, while app developers similarly have to eable support in their own applications.

The beta release also drops support for the iPhone 3G. While this is not necessarily a permenant change - Apple may decide to release iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 3G later on - it does seem to suggest that the iPhone 3G will not get the "Mobile Hotspot" feature, and will instead be limited to tethering, as it has done since the release of iOS (then iPhone OS) 3. The iPhone 3G does not support AirPlay, and thus it is highly unlikely that it will receive the new AirPlay features.

It is not yet known when iOS 4.3 will be released to all users.

Update: We have also learned, via AppleInsider, of some new 4 and 5 finger gestures included in the release for the iPad, improving the experience for multitasking. Apple has included the ability to swipe up with 4 fingers to show the multitasking bar, swipe left and right between applications, and pinch to get back to the home screen. The ability to use the switch on the side to lock orientation has also been restored, giving users an option in the settings to change the switch from a mute switch.

With contributions from Neowin reporter Matthew Jones.

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Slow... Can you add also the new FaceTime icon on iPod Touch 4G (And maybe for iPad 2) ...
Also there are more settings in Usage on the iPhone 4

madkingsoup said,
Wow - Apple aren't subtly admitting that the "mute" switch on the iPad was a big hairy mistake, are they?

Sure looks that way! I bet they got loads of feedback asking for this option!

Nice to see the iPad and Mac OS X gradually adopting common ideas (like the 4 finger swipe). I'm just wondering if there's any apps that are already using 4 or 5 finger gestures.

Apparently their are.

"Ah, thing is, I have an app installed that uses four finger pinch. So loosing the button might be problematic."

Tom W said,
iOS 4.3 also vibrates 3 times when an SMS comes in. Handy when it's in your pocket as email only vibrates once.
Now if only they would put in some sort of alerts for e-mail besides sounds. Would be nice to see an e-mail preview on the lock screen, or at least *some* sort of indication.

Simon said,
Now if only they would put in some sort of alerts for e-mail besides sounds. Would be nice to see an e-mail preview on the lock screen, or at least *some* sort of indication.

I loved "Notifier" on Cydia. Gave a little icon on the status bar to show an email had come though.
I didnt have to unlock my iPhone, and put my passcode in each time...
Saved so much time

Simon said,
Now if only they would put in some sort of alerts for e-mail besides sounds. Would be nice to see an e-mail preview on the lock screen, or at least *some* sort of indication.

A preview of an email? I'm guessing either you don't care at all that anyone can see an email (not only the body of the message but also the sender) or you don't let your iPhone to scapefrom your pocket until you're alone.

Meconio said,

A preview of an email? I'm guessing either you don't care at all that anyone can see an email (not only the body of the message but also the sender) or you don't let your iPhone to scapefrom your pocket until you're alone.
My e-mails aren't any more private than my text messages... in fact my texts are probably more private.

Obviously in a work environment it would be different, so it should be an option - but I would like to see it.

Emil Valsson said,
Misleading title!

Not really - while I understand that at first glance it may suggest the final version has been released, the fact that it has gone only to developers implies it is a pre-release version.

RuairiOG said,
iPod Touch 2G support has also been dropped according to @Ih8snows twitter page

Want support? Upgrade to the later model. I always keep updated with devices.

RuairiOG said,
iPod Touch 2G support has also been dropped according to @Ih8snows twitter page
It was only a matter of time, I expect Apple to drop support for the iPod touch 3G next year after the release of the iPod touch 5G later this year.

RuairiOG said,
iPod Touch 2G support has also been dropped according to @Ih8snows twitter page

I was expecting to get everything up to ios5 because they dropped the first gen at ios4

saxondale. said,
Can't you just combine both posts?
Which? The one about personal hotspot is based on a rumor, and the beta comes with more than just that.

Simon said,
Which? The one about personal hotspot is based on a rumor, and the beta comes with more than just that.

The personal hotspot isn't a rumor. It's been confirmed in the 4.3 Beta release.

saxondale. said,

The personal hotspot isn't a rumor. It's been confirmed in the 4.3 Beta release.
But the story directly below this one is about a rumor, and can't really be updated for this release...

Simon said,
But the story directly below this one is about a rumor

Personal Hotspots is in the 4.3 release, just as much as the other features you've mentioned. (I know Saxondale said the same thing, but I didn't quite understand why you still thought it was a rumour.)

thealexweb said,
Can someone confirm for me the hotspot feature works with the 3GS?

I have used MyWi on my 3GS and worked fine. MyWi does the same as 'Personal Hotspot'.
MyWi is an app found in the Cydia store

TrOjAn. said,

I have used MyWi on my 3GS and worked fine. MyWi does the same as 'Personal Hotspot'.
MyWi is an app found in the Cydia store

That't not really answering his question