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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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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.

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain
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