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iTunes Home Sharing
Finalized version of iOS 4.3 is now available to developers

Apple just announced its iPad 2 yesterday, and today the company is providing the finalized version of iOS 4.3 to developers to prepare for its March 11 rollout. IOS 4.3 will be made available for the iPhone 3GS/iPhone 4 (GSM), iPod touch 3G/iPod touch 4G, and iPad/iPad 2. Users of the CDMA version of the iPhone 4 will have to wait a bit longer for the update.

IOS 4.3 bring a number of new features including: 

  • GSM-based iPhones will get the 5-device Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot functionality that was added for CDMA iPhone 4s.
  • Improved AirPlay functionality (third-party apps can support AirPlay) opens up over-the-air multimedia streaming from your iOS devices to your HDTV. AirPlay will also allow you to stream pics/movies from the Photos app.
  • Mobile Safari performance has been improved with a new Nitro JavaScript engine (up to 2x performance increase).
  • ITunes Home Sharing allows you to share your entire iTunes Library (Mac or PC) to any iOS device wirelessly. 
  • The ability to use the switch on the side of the iPad to change toggle orientation lock or as a mute switch.

Developers can grab iOS 4.3 Gold Master here. Everyone else will have to wait until March 11 or search torrent sites for the ISPW file.

Updated 3/9/2010

iOS 4.3 is now available to download from within iTunes for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

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2g ipod touch
By Drag0nFire on 3/3/2011 4:39:52 PM , Rating: 2
I guess those of us with 2G iPod touches are now left out in the cold too. King Steve has ruled, and it's time for me to purchase a new device.

Seriously, though, I got it in Spring 2009. It hasn't even been 2 years. Why is my 2 year old device being retired?

RE: 2g ipod touch
By Phynaz on 3/3/2011 4:49:22 PM , Rating: 2
The iPod 2G is now 2.5 years old.

How long should they provide additional functionality for free?

RE: 2g ipod touch
By Flunk on 3/3/2011 5:04:24 PM , Rating: 5
5 years.

RE: 2g ipod touch
By Breakfast Susej on 3/10/2011 11:45:17 AM , Rating: 3
I own an ipod touch 2g and I'd have to say I am greatly disappointed having finally run afoul of apples forced upgrade policy.

5 years for a gadget I would agree should be a reasonable minimum for support.

Still all I can do is vote with my dollars and this is exactly what I will be doing. There won't be another ipod touch or apple product on my purchase list going forward.

I had briefly considered an iphone 4 when they were first announced.(before the antenna problems came to light and put me off on getting one.) But in all honesty after spending some time using an android device I can say for certain my upcoming all in one music player / phone will without a doubt be an android unit.

I for one welcome our new android overlords.

RE: 2g ipod touch
By Boze on 3/3/2011 5:06:53 PM , Rating: 3
I would argue for at least six to ten years. That's about how long it takes for storage capacities for mp3 players to double, and thus the customer to actually have a need to purchase a new one.

It says a lot about today's culture that an MP3 player should be retired after 30 months, or that it shouldn't warrant support any longer.

If you were to ask your grandparents, they expected a company to stand behind their product. My grandmother had a Singer sewing machine for over 25 years. It shouldn't be too much to ask for a piece of electronics to last for at least a tenth of that.

RE: 2g ipod touch
By Phynaz on 3/3/11, Rating: 0
RE: 2g ipod touch
By sprockkets on 3/3/2011 5:36:45 PM , Rating: 2
Here's the ? or problem with this: This is a 4.x update, not a complete version update. What prevents such a minor update from being released on the 3G?

RE: 2g ipod touch
By GodisanAtheist on 3/3/2011 6:51:16 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah sure, Windows 2000/XP/Vista got all sorts of free product updates that unlocked features and provided new functionality.

If you own an Graphics Card, new drivers can and have offered additional functionality. An ancient Geforce 8200 just recently got flash acceleration support, for free.

RE: 2g ipod touch
By Omega215D on 3/3/2011 8:15:13 PM , Rating: 2
My old Cowon D2 player was updated till 2010 and it was released in late 2006. Then the unofficial support of people making flash skins, Rockbox etc.

RE: 2g ipod touch
By chick0n on 3/3/2011 11:03:03 PM , Rating: 2
My PS3 now has this new "function" called 3D Blu-Ray play back. and I got my PS3 over 3 years ago, make that 4 actually.

and My Windows 7 is now 2 years old, and first service pack just came out with more functions and better hardware support.

Want me to name more?

RE: 2g ipod touch
By Phynaz on 3/9/2011 2:22:52 PM , Rating: 2
When was your PS3 discontinued?

RE: 2g ipod touch
By nikon133 on 3/9/2011 3:51:47 PM , Rating: 2
I have number of components - graphics cards, motherboards - in some of my PCs that are discontinued for more than 3 years but still getting new drivers and firmware, as required. We are talking about nForce 4 generation of motherboards and early PCIe graphics cards (though wouldn't be surprised to see updated drivers for AGP cards as well).

Plus, Windows 7 is running on hardware older than 5 years. Heck, even my 10 years old Toshiba Satellite 1000 was capable of running Windows 7, slow as it was.

RE: 2g ipod touch
By Capt Caveman on 3/4/2011 9:33:28 AM , Rating: 4
Why do you need to retire your 30 month old iPod? It still works doesn't it? Should I complain that my iPad doesn't have the iPad2's faster processor or cameras? My iPad gets retired after 12 months!! Oh noes!!!

RE: 2g ipod touch
By MDGeek on 3/10/11, Rating: -1
RE: 2g ipod touch
By GodisanAtheist on 3/3/2011 6:46:34 PM , Rating: 2
In this case, I would argue that so long as the hardware can support the new software without drastically compromising the device's usability (Huge hit to battery life, for example) then the company should provide support, especially if it is simply feature level support.

I had to jailbreak my 2G just to get a wallpaper on my home screen and a % battery life remaining. By no means am I ENTITLED to this functionality, but its not as though I would have purchased a new Ipod for those features alone. Things like built in Cameras and high resolution screens should be the lure, not artificial product segmentation.

RE: 2g ipod touch
By CZroe on 3/4/2011 1:49:24 AM , Rating: 2
That is seriously ignorant. Apple only replaced it 5 months ago with the release of the iPod touch 4G. You may not have known this, but there was no-such-thing as a "8GB iPod touch 3G." You will find advertisements and owners SWEARING that there is, but there isn't. Apple was selling the same 8GB iPod touch 2G for $200 throughout the entire life of the iPt 3G until it was finally replaced with the iPod touch 4G on September 8th, 2010. These iPods will be BARELY 6 months old when iOS 4.3 is released.

Now, your argument was also used to justify excluding the original iPhone from iOS4. People actually made statements like "if it runs so slow on the iPhone 3G, I can see why Apple decided not to release it for the even slower original iPhone!" Once again: Ignorance. The iPhone 3G hardware was the exact same specs with a new 3G radio and GPS chip. Just look at the firmware files: Original iPhone is 1,1, iPhone 3G is 1,2, and iPhone 3GS is 2,1. They clearly denote the hardware generation and what is a subset of what. That means Apple lied to your face about why they chose not to release it on the original iPhone. The real reason is because they were all out of contract by that point and 3G users were not (only keep 'em happy until they can buy something new). They lied about why iOS3 didn't add A2DP to the original iPhone saying that it was because the BT hardware was different and they weren't going to write support for it in a product they no longer sell or market. Umm, well, you can JB it and use "A2DP Enabler" and it works just fine. It doesn't do the work that Apple wouldn't do, it simply enables it like the name suggests. Music Controls enabled full AVRCP before Apple relented w/iOS4.1 (it would encroach on their iPod dock royalties so they only allowed AVRCP Play/Pause w/o Next/Previous). Before the 3GS launched, Apple rumor sites reported that they were hoping to differentiate models more with software than hardware. Sure enough, the 3GS launched with a new numeric battery option that, surprise!-isn't presented to users on earlier devices. The settings app LITERALLY checks your hardware version and refuses to present you with the perfectly-working option. You can make a backup of an iPhone 3GS with the setting enabled and load it on an iPhone 3G and VOILA! It is enabled and works without any "hacking."

Do not apologize for Apple refusing to support their products. They have a HISTORY of this. I have been an exclusive iPhone user since 2008 for tech reasons and I am not making any excuses for them. You shouldn't either.

RE: 2g ipod touch
By StraightCashHomey on 3/3/11, Rating: -1
RE: 2g ipod touch
By hechacker1 on 3/3/2011 7:58:52 PM , Rating: 2
Same here, I got a 2G touch just before the 3G came out (Sep 2009). My device isn't even 2 years old.

What sucks is that we won't get the faster browsing. The 2G is already underpowered. Getting the update would have really helped.

Still, even without the update, it's still a very good mp3 player and general media device that has years of life in it.

I'm hoping somebody hacks the 4.3 release onto it. But considering the 1G, it never got an update past version 3.

RE: 2g ipod touch
By kmmatney on 3/9/2011 2:56:32 PM , Rating: 2
You can try downloading the Opera browser App. Its free, and may offer better performance.

RE: 2g ipod touch
By michael2k on 3/3/2011 11:26:08 PM , Rating: 2
You could always try Android. I hear Google's willing to update the Nexus phones nearly as long as Apple. Of course, the N1 isn't even two yet.

RE: 2g ipod touch
By Aloonatic on 3/4/2011 4:07:33 AM , Rating: 2
I understand your gripe, and all the other comments above.

One thing to bare in mind, when comparing to other products and markets, is that these mobile devices, their hardware specifications and the operating systems that run on them are evolving much more quickly than in others.

When it all settles down, then I would expect devices to have a slightly longer lifespan, but for now, at least Apple are driving the market on still.

Maybe it's a shame that Apple aren't in the games console market? They'd probably release a new model every couple of years and people would buy it, forcing MS and Sony to keep up by releasing new version faster than they would like too. Then again, maybe it's such a good idea :o)

RE: 2g ipod touch
By Aloonatic on 3/4/2011 4:09:27 AM , Rating: 2
maybe it's not such a good idea.

RE: 2g ipod touch
By cmdrdredd on 3/4/2011 10:09:22 AM , Rating: 2
What I want to know is what keeps the CDMA iPhone 4 on Verizon from getting this update right now.

RE: 2g ipod touch
By SpartanJet on 3/9/2011 1:48:22 PM , Rating: 2
I guess I will leave apple out in the cold by never buying another apple product since they prematurely ended support for my Touch G2. I'm sure they don't care since they have an army of Apple zealots, and I don't care because their products are overpriced PoS.

RE: 2g ipod touch
By Taft12 on 3/9/2011 1:54:24 PM , Rating: 3
It's only "being retired" if you stop using it. Does it stop working just because you didn't get the latest software update??

RE: 2g ipod touch
By omnicronx on 3/9/2011 2:29:28 PM , Rating: 2
I can't really blame them, the 3G and Touch 2G are ARM6 based I'm pretty sure.

Just not fast enough to take advantage of anything new anyways, and is a serious hinderence to the platform going forward.

While you may not realize it, other manufacturers do this too. I don't think there is a single Android 2* device running an arm6 SOC. Support was essentially dropped by all manufacturers once they moved to arm7.

RE: 2g ipod touch
By Conner on 3/9/2011 3:09:49 PM , Rating: 2
Because thats how long the avg battery inside these devices last.
Welcome to the world of today, phones and ipods can be used years after they're outdated (my old iphone 2G is still being used i replaced the battery a few days before the warranty ended).
These are machines not humans. Feel free to use them loose them and update. They should not be supported for the sake of progress and not having backwards support for too many devices. They are relatively cheap devices designed for a disposable income. Now when you spend over a thousand bucks you expect it to last longer (over 5 years). Look at avg PC (under a thousand bucks) lifetime vs Mac.

RE: 2g ipod touch
By vol7ron on 3/9/2011 11:04:42 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it's amazing how fast technology improves. Though, the problem is it had horrible hardware to start with. The features these kinds of devices need requires more processing power and ram, which the older devices didn't have.

If they still supported the 2G, they'd need to have another iOS branch, which doesn't fall into the Apple "one size fits all" motto

2 year upgrade cycle
By Twsmit on 3/4/2011 10:25:28 AM , Rating: 2
remember that most iOS devices are on a wireless 2 year contract. Apple is simply developing for the bulk of their userbase for the 2-3 year window where they're under contract.

It's not surprising at all that Apple is dropping support from devices originally released in 2008. And for those stuck with iPod touches - they still work right?

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