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!