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Apple release iOS 4.3

David Gilbert


Apple Releases iOS 4.3

Apple last night released the iOS 4.3 update, only three and a half months after the previous update. You can say what you like about Apple’s closed eco-system but there will no doubt be many Android phone users out there enviously wanting such consistent and regular updates across all devices.

Steve Jobs gave us a preview of iOS 4.3 at the launch of the iPad 2 last week and Apple has now released the update for the iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and third and fourth generation iPod touches. It means the end of the line for iPhone 3G users getting updates but that had been known since iOS 4.3 was seeded to developers at the start of this year.

So what will the new update bring? Well for iPhone 4 users the biggest change will be the ability to create a personal hotspot allowing you to share your data connection with up to five people – via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB. For all users the update will see a faster version of Safari using the Apple Nitro JavaScript engine for imporved browsing. iTunes Home Sharing will allow you to play music, movies and TV shows from a shared iTunes library on a Mac or PC in your home. Those with Apple TV will see improved AirPlay support allowing you to play videos from the Photos app including the Camera Roll album, iTunes previews, enabled third-party apps and websites on your Apple TV.

Check out the source link below for the full details of the update, which Apple says is now available via iTunes. Let us know what you think and whether it adds anything new or worthwhile to your iDevice.

Source: Apple


March 10, 2011, 1:30 pm

Great update if your network supports the hotspot function (which is one of the main things I was missing since moving to iOS), but a word of caution for others: the wifi hotspot function seems to have replaced tethering, so if you can't use the hotspot function and rely on tethering to share your 3G connection on your laptop, it may be a good idea NOT to upgrade.

Didn't have time to look in depth, so tethering may still be buried somewhere, but I thought I'd let people know. Better safe than sorry... I'm on 3, so I'm very happy with the upgrade, as a wifi hotspot is much more convenient to use than tethering.


March 10, 2011, 2:32 pm

upgraded to iTunes 10.2 on Monday - hangs and crashes
Apple release 10.2.1 to fix issues - still crashes and hangs

not upgrading to iOS4.3 until they fix iTunes in case it crashes and bricks my devices mid upgrade


March 10, 2011, 3:10 pm

iTunes is working fine on my Mac....but then it always does compared to Windows. Have to say, Apple don't make an effort with iTunes on Windows at all.

This is a solid update, but I wish they'd update AppleTV2's OS so it is more stable and reliable.


March 10, 2011, 3:28 pm

itune 10.2.1 works fine on my windows & wait for jailbreak before upgrading..


March 10, 2011, 3:34 pm

The new hotspot function includes the old tethering, when turned on it shares the 3G connection via wifi, usb and bluetooth. The hotspot settings panel explains how to connect to all.


March 10, 2011, 7:17 pm

For some reason the update to iOS 4.3 has changed my phone's music library from beign alphabetically listed by album title, to a complete random order of albums...not sure what's happened there!


March 10, 2011, 7:37 pm

Oh, and I notice in the smallprint on the Apple site it does state:
"Personal Hotspot requires a supporting hotspot tethering plan."

So I guess that means paying over an extra £15 per month to O2 (for example)?


March 10, 2011, 8:27 pm

@gk: thanks, I'll have a look. As I said I didn't have the time to investigate...

@gdawg: as I said, it depends on your network. You don't need a seperate contract on 3, as long as you don't abuse the connection and download more than your included data bundle.


March 10, 2011, 8:58 pm

Be aware that apparently Vodafone automatically charges you a fiver for a 500Mb plan as soon as you turn on any kind of tethering, be it personal hotspot or anything else.

Not confirmed they're really doing it but it's on their webpage: http://shop.vodafone.co.uk/iph...

I sense there'll be a lot of angry customers...


March 11, 2011, 2:14 am

Couple of minor tweaks...

The WiFi switch is quicker to get at than it was on iOS 4.1 (I skipped over 4.2 so this may not be new) - as it is now in the top level settings menu where it should have been all along.

New SMS alert sounds are available - many of which sound very good indeed. No new ring tones though - guess Apple want to sell you those via iTunes. A couple of fresh tones wouldn't have hurt.

Browsing seems snappier in general - and not just JavaScript-heavy pages.

The personal hotspot functionality requires a tethering bolt-on if you're on an O2 contract.

Mark Booth

March 11, 2011, 4:44 am

@Gk.pm: What will make people even more angry is if they are charged £5 for setting up a hotspot while their handset is connected to their own personal 3G Sure Signal box in their own home which doesn't even use Vodafone's bandwidth.

Arctic Fox

March 11, 2011, 1:44 pm

@Mark Booth

Have to say that is precisely why I have not bought a phone or any other device via a carrier for years. Its bad enough that they pull the kind of stunt that you are referring to without rewarding them for it by also buying ones kit via them! I prefer to wait and do something hopelessly old fashioned - save up for my next shiny! I may not be able to prevent them from levying artificial charges but all they get out of me is what I have no choice about giving them.


March 11, 2011, 6:43 pm

About the only thing I've noticed is a new icon for FaceTime. Not that impressive an update in terms of what I use my Touch for. If the PS3 or 360 supported airplay I'd be a lot more excited.

Desert Rat

March 12, 2011, 1:23 pm

Very unimpressed! Twitter app keeps crashing after ios 4.3 update on 3gs. Not convinced it's ready yet, surely it must have been beta tested?

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