iPad multitasking gestures will not be part of iOS 4.3

iPad
iPad

Those multitasking gestures that were marked as one of the most interesting updates on the way to iOS  will not be available to the public just yet.

The latest deveoper build of iOS 4.3 still has these gestures, but according to MacWorld there was a note included that stated they would not be included when iOS 4.3 is released to the public.

While these new multitasking gestures may spell the end of the home button on the iPad, it makes sense to Apple to keep some of these snazzy gestures to themselves until iPad 2 is out the door. After all, they will want a few features to show off at the launch of the new iPad 2. We are guessing that Apple still wanted to test it’s popularity and functionality with developers and so included it with this release!

It looks like Airplay for 3rd party apps is still on target for iOS 4.3 however, and the option to use the hardware orientation lock will be making a return to the iPad.

Now, we want to be able to play iOS games on our Apple TV!

iOS 4.3 now available to developers

iOS 4.3
iOS 4.3

Apple have made the next version of iOS, iOS 4.3 available to developers. iOS 4.3 is available to iPad, iPhone 4, 3Gs, iPod Touch, and there is even an Apple TV version! This is further proof that Apple is trying to keep iOS versions consistent throughout their iOS devices. It may also mean support for iPhone 3G will no longer be offered?

Developers are still sifting through the code to see what is new in iOS 4.3.  One of the  most interesting elements to iOS 4.3 that Apple have introduced is new multitouch features for iPad –

“You can use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen; swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar; and swipe left or right between apps. We are providing this preview before releasing them to the public to understand how these gestures work with your apps.”

This would negate the need for a home button! Will there be a home button on the iPad 2?

Other findings in iOS 4.3 so far also include:

  • Ability to stream video from apps other that native Apple apps!
  • A new facetime icon.
  • Personal hotspot options – this is expected to be carrier dependent, as we reported on recently.
  • Change the functionality of the hardware button on the iPad: Mute or Rotation lock – it’s now your choice!

[VIA Macrumors]

Personal Hotspot on the way for iPhone!

Hotspot
Hotspot

In the US a carrier called Verizon, just got the iPhone 4 and it is running a new iOS 4.2.5. This iOS comes with a Personal Hotspot function which allows up to five Wi-Fi devices to share the iPhone’s internet connection!

Mac Rumors reports that this may be on the way for everyone else also, but it will be up to the carrier as to allow it or not. This will be extremely handy for those constantly on the go, and would probably damage the currently huge mobile broadband industry, as people would need less devices! Let’s hope that if this happens there will not be an additional charge, but knowing Irish networks it is a real possibility.

Currently you can share your iPhone connection via USB or bluetooth, but with a Personal Hotspot  your iPhone would be recognized as a wifi router and you can share to multiple devices.

‘Google Goggles’ gets an update (video)

We’re excited to take another step in our vision of connecting offline media to online media. The next time you’re flipping through the pages of your favorite magazine, try taking a picture of an ad with Goggles. Goggles will recognize print ad and return web search results about the product or brand. This new feature of Goggles is enabled for print ads appearing in major U.S. magazines and newspapers from August 2010 onwards.

Fling for iPad – A Tactile Game Controller!

Fling
Fling

Ten One Design have announced Fling which is a tactile game controller for iPad. Fling  gives you a physical control facility using an attachable analog joystick. It can be used to control any game that has a virtual joystick!  You can pre-order now for about 25 USD.

Stop worrying about the controls and take your skills to the next level.
Miss your console? Fling gives you the feel of an analog joystick, so your iPad games feel even more immersive.

When the screen illuminates, Fling melts away and becomes invisible, so you’ll never miss any action on the screen.

Video

Video calling is here with Skype 3.0 for iPhone!

Skype 3.0 for iPhone is here, and with it comes video calling, it has arrived earlier than expected by the rumor websites, but this is a big one folks.  Hop into the app store and hit update if you already have Skype for iPhone installed.

The good news is video calling will work with iPhone 4, 3Gs and iPod Touch (4rd Generation), obviously the 3Gs does not have a front facing camera. It will also work with iPod Touch (3rd gen) and the iPad, but just one way video calls (receiving). You need to update to iOS 4 to avail of video calling, with this done you will also be able to call desktop Skype users over wifi and 3G!

If you have not been using the video calling feature on your iPhone or iPod, because the other person did not have facetime on their device, this is the perfect time to give it a try?

Let us know in the comments how you get on!

iPad 2 – What’s the story?

iPad Concept
iPad Concept

It has happened! The iPad rumors have started to do the rounds.

No word yet however from Apple. The actual rumors this time are coming from a number of sources including reuters, and the manufacturers of iPad covers! At the moment no one has a definitive list of what to expect, but of course there has been  plenty of interesting discussions and debate going on as to what to expect. We have jotted down some of our favorite ones below? What have you heard? Have you hopes for the next generation iPad, will you buy one ? Let us know in the comments.

  • Retina Display – Retina display was  introduced by Apple with the iPhone 4, we would expect to see this on the new iPad also. In case you missed it Retina display has a greater pixel density, and makes everything sharper.
  • Front facing camera – If Apple are really serious about  FaceTime , a video chat feature appearing on many of their devices, this would be a must for the iPad 2.
  • Full rear camera– Not something we think is needed on a tablet device, unless the device is much lighter, this would be difficult to use, but having said that we can see coming to iPad 2.
  • Coming soon – It will come in early 2011

iTunes 10.1 now available!

iTunes
iTunes

Apple have pushed out iTunes 10.1. If you want to be ready for iOS 4.2 (later this month)  then have this verions of iTunes installed as it is a requirement for the new iPhone and iPad firmware. This version of iTunes which is about 90MB  brings with it, support for Airplay; you can use AirPlay to “instantly and wirelessly stream videos from iTunes to the all-new Apple TV. ”  The update also  includes a number of small bug fixes also.