Apple have released a minor release of iOS less than a month after 4.3.1 with the following highlights:
- Fixes an issue that occasionally caused blank or frozen video during a FaceTime call
- Fixes an issue that prevented some international users from connecting to 3G networks on iPad Wi-Fi + 3G
- Contains the latest security updates
I found that I started getting ‘No Service’ on my phone much more frequently with iOS 4.3.1 – it reverted to reporting the kind of reception I used to get before 4.1 – so I’m interested to see if there’ll be any difference now I’ve updated. I’ve also had a problem since iOS 4.0 where my phone reboots after a 5 minute call so I’m eagerly hoping that something will have changed here too.
Apple have released iOS 4.3 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, two days earlier than the 11th March iPad 2 general availability date many were expecting for it to arrive.
The official list of new features and improvements is quite detailed:
- Personal Hotspot
- Share iPhone 4 mobile data connection with up to 5 devices (combination of up to 3 Wi-Fi, 3 Bluetooth, and 1 USB)
- iTunes Home Sharing
- Play music, films and TV shows from a shared iTunes library on a Mac or PC (requires iTunes 10.2)
- New AirPlay features
- Play videos from the Photos app including the Camera
- Roll album, iTunes previews, enabled third-party apps and websites on Apple TV
- Play slideshows from Photos on Apple TV using transitions available on Apple TV
- HD video out using the Apple Digital AV Adapter
- View 720p HD videos from Videos app, iPod app, Photos, YouTube, Safari, Keynote and enabled third-party apps on an HDMI display
- Ping features
- Push notifications for comments and follow requests
- Post and Like songs directly from the Now Playing screen
- Parental controls
- New Settings
- Messages setting for number of times to repeat an alert
- iPad side switch setting to lock screen rotation or mute audio notifications and sound effects
- Single-tap conference-call dialling with a pause to send a passcode
- Bug fixes
This blog has been very quiet lately with news of iOS 4.3 and iPad 2. The proposed release date of 14th February has been and gone, and we’ve all been left with very little to go on.
At the moment this can only lead to one conclusion: if iPad 2 is arriving soon, then a new device will be needing new software, so perhaps iOS 4.3 will be the base install on these tablets.
Perhaps then Apple is gearing up for some big announcements soon.
Maybe that thought alone is enough to keep us happy as we wait a little longer.
Apple have released the first beta of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The new beta allows users to pinch to access the home screen, to swipe up to reveal the multitasking tray, and swipe left and right to switch between open applications.
The beta also allows iPad owners to choose whether the switch on the side of the device acts as a mute or activates the screen orientation lock as it did before iOS 4.2 was launched.
It looks as though iPhone 3G support could be dropped with this version, as there is no mention of that device on the beta download page.
There’ll be further updates as soon as we hear more!