Apple iOS 4.3 software upgrade

March 9, 2011

Apple iOS 4.3Apple’s  update for the iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, and iPod touch devices with iOS 4.3 offer some interesting features and it is reckoned to be one of the better updates for your Apple devices.

Personal Wi-Fi

The iPhone 4 can now be turned into a personal Wi-Fi access point for up to three devices via a 3G data connection. However, users will have to ask their operator to enable tethering before it can be used – and some providers will charge for this service. BGR’s Jonathan Geller also says that mobile phone operators should be able to increase the number of supported wireless connections via the iOS 4.3 personal hotspot feature from the default three devices to a maximum of five.

Personal Hotspot Feature

You can have Wi-Fi with you wherever you go. Download iOS 4.3 on your iPhone 4, and the next time you find yourself without access to Wi-Fi but in a 3G zone, the iOS 4.3 will enable a Personal Hotspot and share your cellular data connection with your Mac, PC, iPad, or other WiFi capable devices. You can share your connection with up to five devices at once over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB — with up to three of those connections using Wi-Fi (default setting).  Every connection is password protected and therefore secure.  IPhone 4 will detect when your Personal Hotspot is no longer in use and will turn off automatically to save your battery life.

Safari gets faster

Your mobile Safari browser will run much faster as it will now have the same Nitro JavaScript engine that runs on the full desktop version. JavaScript is up to twice as fast as in iOS 4.2 which means you get more speed behind each page load including sites with lots of interactive features.

Airplay for iPhone videos

Following this update, you can stream your favourite videos from your iPhone to your Apple TV – this is not just for personal videos – third party apps can take advantage of this feature too. Wireless printing is also now possible with AirPrint. In addition, music, movies, and photos can now stream from your Photos app. So you can shoot a home video and instantly share it with everyone in the room. Even AirPlay-enabled apps and websites can get the big-screen treatment with iOS 4.3.

Live video and photo effects

If you have a camera on your Apple device you can now use the Photo Booth app, which allows users to take live snapshots with different effects such as Kaleidoscope, Twirl and X-Ray and then share or send them to a friend. Now you can also play your iTunes library from anywhere in the house. This means that if it’s on your Mac or PC, you can play it on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch over a shared Wi-Fi network. So with iOS 4.3 it will be possible to stream all videos, podcasts, music and photos to all devices, from both a Mac and PC.

The iOS 4.3 upgrade is available now via Apple’s app store iTunes.

Who will not benefit?

The new update will not be available for iPhone 3G or the second-generation iPod touch as they simply don’t meet the iOS 4.3 spec. So perhaps it is time to upgrade you apple devices. Read our article on Ipad 2 and check out deals for iPhone 4 online with our sponsored links.

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