iOS 4.3 Beta Update – New Features Explained

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.

Mobile Hotspot For AT&T iPhone To Come With iOS Update?

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 ┬ábring 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.