Apple Announces iOS 4.3 – Downloadable On March 11

During today’s special conference Steve Jobs, who is supposed to be on medical leave from Apple, announced the forthcoming iOS 4.3 release date.  On top of that, the slim but healthy looking CEO announced all the features users can expect from the free download.

Who can download this bad boy?

iOS 4.3 is compatible with iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 (GSM model), plus third and fourth generation iPod touch.

So, what’s new?

Good question.  The biggest update is one that involves Safari, the mobile browser.  The browser has been retrofitted with Nitro JavaScript engine which more than doubles the speed of Safari when dealing with complex sites.

iTunes Home Sharing has been greatly enhanced to allow users to stream movies, music and TV shows from one device to any other in the home.  If you have your entire iTunes library on one Mac or PC at home, you can use all your other devices to access that content with a simple touch of a button.  This is great news for people who have loads of movies on their computer and would like to stream it to let’s say their iPad in another room.  Very useful and long overdue.

AirPlay will also be enhanced to allow even more content to be streamed, this time from third parties.

Finally the last update is Personal Hotspot, which is one of the most requested features from iPhone customers.  With an iPhone your cellular connection can now be used as a WiFi hotspot for up to five other devices.

Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs, had the following to say about the upcoming release of iOS 4.3.

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.

Given the free nature of these updates, I can’t really complain about anything.  What’s interesting to note is that this marks the very first update that iPhone 3G users will not be able to partake in.  It appears as though our old friend has finally been retired.

For all those with an iPhone 3G, how does this news make you feel?  Have you long since moved on to an iPhone 3GS or an iPhone 4?  I’d like to hear what you have to say.  What about this news, does it tickle your fancy?  Let us know!


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