Apple iOS 4.3 announced, common features what others already got
Update’s are always good, but this one doesn’t have anything to be called “revolutionary.” iOS 4.3, comes with an updated version of Safari. It’s faster with Nitro JS engine whereas other features like iTunes Home Sharing, AirPlay enhancements and tethering seems late now to the iOS.
iTunes Home Sharing is pretty much similar to the Android’s music player shown last year at Google I/O Conference. It can stream music files from your computer to your device, over WiFi. While iTunes Home Sharing is similar to Android’s new music player, iTunes Home Sharing is not only for music but also videos and TV shows. It works over Wi-Fi, streaming contents from desktop iTunes to iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. We can safely call it Apple’s version of DLNA media sharing.
iOS 4.3 also comes with Personal Hotspot, a pretty neat tethering feature that allows cellular data connection from your iPad/iPhone to be shared on “up to three Wi-Fi, three Bluetooth and one USB device.” That is all iOS 4.3 has. No UI improvements, no big changes. Though we expect some big changes with iPhone 5 in Summer this year.
Well, this new version of iOS isn’t there yet, but will be released on March 11, that’s very near. Compatible devices are: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4(not for CDMA ‘Verizon’), iPod Touch 3rd gen/4th gen, iPad and iPad 2.
Apple Introduces iOS 4.3
Update Includes Faster Safari Performance, iTunes Home Sharing, AirPlay Improvements & New Personal Hotspot
“With more than 160 million iOS devices worldwide, including over 100 million iPhones, the growth of the iOS platform has been unprecedented,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iOS 4.3 adds even more features to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, across three blockbuster devices—iPad, iPhone and iPod touch—providing an ecosystem that offers customers an incredibly rich experience and developers unlimited opportunities.”
New iTunes Home Sharing allows iOS 4.3 users to play music, movies and TV shows on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch® from their iTunes library on a Mac® or PC over a local Wi-Fi network. With a simple tap you can enjoy all the media in your iTunes library wherever you are in your home. You can stream a movie from your Mac in one room to your iPad in another or stream an iTunes mix to your iPod touch from the office to the kitchen. With Home Sharing on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch you’ve got your entire iTunes library in your hands wherever you are in your home.
iOS 4.3 includes enhancements to AirPlay, the breakthrough wireless technology that allows users to stream music, photos and video to Apple TV®. With iOS 4.3 you can stream additional content including video from third party apps and web sites, videos from the Photos app and previews from the iTunes app to your TV. AirPlay also allows you to bring photos to life on the TV screen by using one of the stunning new slideshow transitions, or shoot a video on your iPad 2, iPhone or iPod touch and stream it directly from the Photos app to Apple TV.
The new Personal Hotspot feature in iOS 4.3 lets you bring Wi-Fi with you anywhere you go, by allowing you to share an iPhone 4 cellular data connection with up to five devices in a combination of up to three Wi-Fi, three Bluetooth and one USB device. Joining a Personal Hotspot is easy and once the feature is enabled a status bar displays how many devices are currently connected. Every connection is password protected and when not in use Personal Hotspot turns itself off to save battery life.
More than 10 billion apps have been downloaded from the revolutionary App Store℠ and more than 350,000 apps are available, including more than 65,000 native iPad apps, to consumers in 90 countries. Users of the more than 160 million iOS devices around the world can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.
iOS 4.3 will be available to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users as a free software update on Friday, March 11. iOS 4.3 is compatible with iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 (GSM model), plus third and fourth generation iPod touch. For more information please visit www.apple.com.