Apple released the first beta version of the new iOS 4.3 operating system to developers earlier this month. Now, although there is no word as yet from Apple regarding the official launch date for the new platform, it is getting increasingly evident that the company may soon launch the new iOS to customers. The app review staff at Cupertino is learned to have started approving app updates that support iOS 4.3 features. StreamToMe, a media streaming iPhone application has recently released a new version that brings “Support for AirPlay video (requires iOS 4.3)”.
Verizon would be launching a CDMA variant of iPhone 4 from February that will include features like personal mobile hotspot. The iOS 4.3 launch is expected to happen earlier than that in order to bring similar features to existing iPhone subscribers. Are you looking forward to this release? We will update you as and when that happens.
A number of next generation iPad cases were outed in the past few weeks that have indicated at the possibility of us seeing two cameras – one on the front and another on the rear side of iPad 2. Now, developers scouring through the snippets of code on the latest iOS SDK have confirmed these rumors. The code does contain references to the two cameras.
However, in what could come as a huge disappointment, Apple could be offering a minimal 1-Megapixel rear facing camera and a VGA resolution front facing camera on this upcoming device. This is unlike popular speculation that the iPad 2 could offer an iPhone 4-like 5-Megapixel camera. This is also lower than the camera specs on the first generation Samsung Galaxy Tab that came with 3-Megapixel and 1.3-Megapixel cameras.
For what it’s worth, Notion Ink Adam, the highly anticipated Android-based tablet shipping this week will come with a 3.2-megapixel swivel camera that will outdo both the Galaxy Tab and the rumored iPad 2.
With the launch date for the Verizon iPhone drawing near, iPhone users on carriers like AT&T too have been waiting to access features like personal mobile hotspot on their devices. Those features, as you know, will come with the new iOS 4.3 update.
Apple has followed last week’s release of an iOS 4.3 beta version with a new update that is still available only for developers. As expected, the new beta version is not compatible with models like iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 2G and other older handsets. What’s interesting is that Apple has pointed out that new gesture controls that were made available with the older beta version will not, in fact, be made available on the imminent public version of iOS 4.3. The company notes that the preview was provided in order “to gather input on how these gestures work with your apps”.
Is this a confirmation of the imminent arrival of an iPhone without a Home button?
If you have been following the iOS jailbreak scene, you will be aware that Apple had recently released a beta version of its iOS 4.3 firmware that among other things brings personal mobile hotspot to GSM variants of the iPhone. Now, if you are a developer who has signed up to the iPhone Developer Standard/Enterprise programs, you may already have access to this upcoming iOS firmware in beta variant that you can install on your iPhone.
Now a new custom PwnageTool bundle that can jailbreak this beta version of iOS 4.3 is now out for those of you interested. Do note that the procedure is extremely complicated and do not proceed unless you are an advanced user (if you have access to the Developer Standard program, you probably are already one!). The creators have pointed out that you will need a Mac for the process. Also, the PwnageTool bundle for iOS 4.3 beta requires users to create their own ramdisk and will not upgrade baseband during the jailbreak process. Also, it is a semi-tethered jailbreak and you can find the downloadable here.
In any case, this is a complicated procedure and do not proceed unless you are well aware of the potential consequences.
Apple looks set to roll out another iOS update before the Verizon iPhone hits the store on the 10th of next month. Those who have gotten their hands to the developer beta version of iOS 4.3 have already been discovering new features like personal mobile hotspot that appears to be made available on the new iOS update.
An interesting discovery is that of a feature called ‘Find my friends‘ on iOS 4.3. While we have no clue about what this feature could eventually turn out to be, indications are that this could be a MobileMe service that could work similar to Google Latitude and could let users check out the location of their iPhone toting friends at any given time.
At the risk of sounding preposterous, the launch of a ‘Find my friends‘ service could also mean that Apple is looking at building some sort of social networking among iPhone users on the mobile front. The company already attempted a network among music lovers with Ping, that incidentally did not bring much success. It will be interesting to see how this new feature fares.
Less than a day after a Netherlands based website had published a rumor claiming that an iOS 4.3 update that will bring personal hotspot to GSM phones is on its way, Apple has announced the release of a beta version of this new iOS firmware that will at present be available to developers. And as expected, personal mobile hotspot is indeed one of the features that will be available with this new update.
Besides this, the new iOS 4.3 update is also expected to come with a number of other enhancements. For one, users should now be able to stream videos from any third party apps to compatible devices over AirPlay. Also, Apple appears to have given in to demands from iPad users who were unhappy with the mute switch. With iOS 4.3, iPad users will now have an additional option in the Settings that will let users set the function of the side switch as either a ‘Orientation lock’ or ‘mute switch’.
In addition to this, the new iOS 4.3 update also appears to have introduced a few additional multitouch controls and modified the FaceTime icon. iOS 4.3 will not be available for iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 2G and older devices.
With Verizon having announced the availability of the mobile hotspot feature on their upcoming iPhone, there has been considerable speculation over whether this functionality shall also be available on GSM carriers like AT&T. According to a Netherlands based iPhone blog, a reliable insider has revealed that Apple is working towards releasing a new iOS update before February 10 – the proposed launch day for the CDMA variant. This iOS 4.3 update will also bring the mobile hotspot feature to GSM iPhones.
But here is the catch – the feature would have to be activated by the individual carriers. This is similar to the USB tethering feature that was initially made available with iOS but was however kept disabled by AT&T for a long time. This time though, chances for a similar eventuality are less considering the significant mileage that Verizon may derive out of such a move from AT&T.
We will wait for an official statement from AT&T and Apple in this regard.
The iPhone Dev team is already working towards launching an untethered jailbreak solution for iOS 4.2.1. In case you have been wondering if an alternate solution is coming from Comex – the developer of Spirit and JailbreakMe softwares – the answer is No.
In an email conversation with an iPhone user, Comex has said that he shall be releasing an untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.3. The user wrote,
“Just like Steve Job’s ones, I would like to really receive a short and direct answer to my question: your next tool will jailbreak ready for iOS 4.2.1 or the next iOS 4.3?”
In a Jobs-esque style, Comex wrote that it “depends when 4.3 is out“. This is exactly not a worrying news given that the Dev Team already has a tethered solution for your immediate use. Also, an untethered solution for iPhone 4 and the other new generation iDevices is in advanced stages of testing and we should expect a solution by the end of this week. You can check out the latest from the Dev team in our RedSn0w section.
When exactly is the new iOS 4.3 releasing? We had been expecting the upcoming iOS version to initially roll out in “mid-December“. However, reports published at the fag end November suggested that this release may have been delayed until next year.
Now reports from new sources seem to be indicating that the release may actually happen this month. This week rather. According to a recent article on CNET, Apple’s new iOS 4.3 update may happen as early as Thursday, December 9.
The consensus on the possible new features however stays. iOS 4.3 is expected to add support to subscription-based app pricing. At present, application developers may charge developers during download or in-app. However, there is no means to enable a subscription. The new pricing model will highly benefit magazine and newspaper publications that have been seriously exploring the iPad as a potential new channel to sell content.
Sometime last week, there was a rumor that suggested that Apple could be releasing the next version of the iOS – version 4.3 – as early as mid-December. The sources pointed out that the release could bring in-app subscriptions and several bug fixes to the iPhone platform.
Now there is word that this rumor may not be so true after all. Reports now indicate that Apple may have delayed the release of iOS 4.3 until early 2011. Now “delayed” may not be the best word here since it is not clear if the release actually got postponed or whether this rumor was false in the first place.
This is not all. Apparently, we will also not be seeing the release of iPad Magazine anytime soon. It was earlier speculated that since the News Corp iPad magazine was rumored to launch this year, the iOS release too could follow shortly since the magazine will require a software upgrade. Now, with the iOS 4.3 release date being pushed to next year, the News Corp magazine too may not release anytime this year.