Apple has seeded iOS 4.3 to its registered developers for both mobile devices and the Apple TV, offering support for the new “Personal Hotspot,” as well as new access for app and web app developers to use their “AirPlay” for video, while seemingly dropping support for the iPhone 3G – at least for the current release.
- “Personal Hotspot” feature, allows iPhone users to turn their device into a WiFi hotspot, allowing up to 5 devices to connect and use the data provided on a phone’s data plan. The feature, of course, is a carrier-dependant – not everyone will be allowed to access it.
- Integration of AirPlay allow developers to opt-in to have video, in addition to audio that was already support, pushed to the Apple TV. Web developers are required to use a proprietary “airplay” parameter in their HTML code in order to allow video from the web to play over the service, while app developers similarly have to eable support in their own app.
- 4.3 brings a groovy, new FaceTime icon as well as a new full-screen iAd banners:
- Orientation Lock: A new setting lets you choose for the switch to be an orientation lock or the new mute switch.
- Camers effects: And a new file in the updated SDK that hints at some iPod nano 5th gen-esque camera effects. The effects that’re possibly en route to an iPhone near you: Thermal Camera, X-ray, Kaleidoscope, Normal, Tunnel of Light, Collapse, Turbine, and Enlarge.
- The beta release also drops support for the iPhone 3G and iPod touch 2G. The iPhone 3G doesn’t support AirPlay, and thus it’s highly unlikely that it’ll receive the new AirPlay features.
- Also, it brings new 4 and5 finger multi-touch gestures for iPad users improving the exeperience for multitasking. Apple has included the ability to swipe up with 4 fingers to show the multitasking bar, swipe left and right between applications, and pinch to get back to the home screen. The ability to use the switch on the side to lock orientation has also been restored, giving users an option in the settings to change the switch from a mute switch.
- Another noteworthy features is a new font in the iPad Notes. Also, you now have the option to play alerts from one to 10 times.
- The Photos app has also gained new AirPlay functionality for photos and videos, and there’s a slightly tweaked camera shutter sound, as well as bigger app icons in the App Store’s Update menu.
- Other little tidbits of interest: Some people are reporting SMStones that don’t turn off, Skype broken for some, New sound when taking screenshot, New FaceTime icons in the recent calls list, Apparently different vibrates for SMS and email now, App store updates function appears broken, speaker sounds different.
- The pic below show some new iOS hardware coming down the pipe. Considering the current iPhone 4 is 3,1 for AT&T and 3,2 for Verizon, there’s now a 3,3. We’re thinking maybe China is getting a new iPhone. Or maybe the magical white iPhone has something different to it or maybe that Sprint event on Feb 7th is for a WiMAX iPhone or something crazy like that.
Fast forward to this summer, iPhone 4,1 and 4,2 are on the way. On the iPad front, we’ve got GSM, CDMA and Wifi most likely comng in few months.
Engadget found code keys referencing an ‘iPhone4,1’, ‘iPhone4,2’, ‘iPad2,1’, ‘iPad2,2’ and ‘iPad2,3’. The new iPhone keys almost certainly refer to the ”iPhone 5”, which if Apple follows custom will be announced at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference and released soon after. On the other hand, the new iPad identifiers indicate something more interesting. While ‘iPad2,1’ and ‘iPad2,2’ most likely refer to a second-generation iPad with similar hardware configurations to the current generation tablet (WiFi-only and WiFi+3G), ‘iPad2,3’ indicates a third ”iPad 2” hardware configuration.
In the meantime, Boy Genuis Report is citing an Apple source who claims the new iPad multitouch gestures added in the iOS 4.3 beta are there for a reason – Apple is reportedly planning to remove the home button entirely from a future generation iPad. Whether or not the ”iPad 2” will be the first with the new design isn’t known, but BGR’s source added that the change will also make its way to the iPhone at some point. Home button-free devices are reportedly already in the hands of Apple employees for testing.
- Yet another feature hidden within iOS 4.3 is “Find My Friends” tag, a new facility which suggests the ability to find iOS-using friends kept within your MobileMe address book.
Hidden inside the Settings App this suggests Apple may seek to offer location-based friend-finding facilities in future products. So, for example, you could easily keep up with your mates when wandering in the center of town. So long as you opt-in to the system. Don’t neglect of course that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has previously promised Mobile Me will improve in 2011.
- 9to5mac reports they’ve discovered existence of Photo Booth Mac app in iOS 4.3 frameworks: “PhotoBooth” and “PhotoBoothEffects.”
Photo Booth for iOS looks to be a simple app. You’ll get to pick from a list of effects and switch between the front and back cameras. It suppose to work on iPhone 4, 4th gen iPod touch, and the iPad 2. Here’s the proof from the SDK:
Here’s a video walkthrough of the features: