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iOS 4.3 goes live

updated 01:10 pm EST, Wed March 9, 2011

iOS 4.3 ready for download

Two days earlier than promised but consistent with one leak, Apple has released iOS 4.3. The update for GSM iPhones, all iPads and the iPhone 4 is available through iTunes. Verizon users don't need the update immediately since most of its features are included in iOS 4.2.6.

The update brings a handful of major features headlined by the Personal Hotspot. Similar to Android, users can have as many as five different devices sharing an iPhone 4's Internet connection. Apple claims that the total is a combination of multiple sources and can't include more than three Wi-Fi devices, three Bluetooth devices and one direct USB connection.

Safari now uses the same Nitro JavaScript engine as on the desktop and promises to be much faster with particularly intensive websites. AirPlay now supports much more video output support, including from the Camera app, third-party apps and the browser, as well as photo slide shows on the Apple TV using the media hub's transitions. iTunes Home Sharing, which needs iTunes 10.2, now lets users stream music and videos directly from a running computer using iTunes.

Other updates include support for the new Digital AV Adapter for HDMI output from any 2010 iOS device or later, Ping posts from the Now Playing screen, Ping push notifications, and single-tap conference call dialing. More options are now configurable, as users can set the iPad's side switch to either mute or its original rotation lock, and users can now set the number of times they get an alert.

The update is the first to exclude Apple's 2008 devices and requires at least an iPhone 3GS or third-generation iPod touch. Apple TV features also need the Apple TV 4.2 firmware update.

by MacNN Staff



  1. rodvera

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It won't install error 1013

  1. jmelrose

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Flawless update on both my iOS devices.

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    oh joy!

    Another soon-to-forced update in which the user will have no way of reverting from if there's problems or bugs or the like.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I could have updated earlier today had i known. My 2 old fogey macs dunnah have leopard. Also, not shocking, you really don't want a repeat of what happened when the iPhone 3G and iOS 2 came out the same day. What a nightmare.

    - A

  1. himistu22

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Some bugs

    I've been running 4.3 for a few weeks now on my 3Gs and the one bug that sucks is it can stick in a call and won't let you hang up. When it happens, rebooting solves it for a little while then it goes into a fit.
    It also can remove all your folders and put your apps back into alphabetical order and going up to 13 pages rather than the standard 9. I hope they come out with a quick fix for both. I have stopped trying to put my apps back into folders since this has happened twice.

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