After several delays, it was just yesterday, quite literally, that the new iOS 4.2.1 was released to the public. However, the rumor mills have already moved on to the next big update. According to a fresh report, Apple could be releasing its next big update for the iOS platform, the iOS 4.3, as early as next month.
The sources have pointed out to a possible December 13 release date. However, it is not clear whether the update will actually happen on this date. This is because of the delays seen with the recently launched iOS. Apple was scheduled to launch iOS 4.2 as early as October 26. This however got initially delayed due to problems in the display of Japanese characters. There was another major delay early this month due to Wi-Fi connectivity issues observed on iPads. All this meant that Apple had to endure a three week delay in the launch of its iOS platform. It is quite possible that this delay rubs off on the planned release of the next update.
So what can we expect in the next version of iOS? The sources indicate that apart from bug fixes, one major annoucement could be app subscriptions. We have been hearing about an iPad-only newspaper from News Corp in the works. Such a subscription model will require a software update that is expected to come with the iOS 4.3 release.
Of course, it is speculation at this point. Let’s wait for more words to come in.