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Apple on Wednesday released the first beta of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, bringing support for Personal Hotspot, new multi-touch gestures, the ability for third-party applications to use AirPlay, and a software option for changing the functionality of the iPad hardware switch.

The initial beta is available to developers in the iOS Dev Center. iOS 4.3 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is dubbed build 8F5148b.

According to Macstories.net, iOS 4.3 brings new multi-touch gestures built specifically for the iPad, including 4- and 5-finger gestures. The new beta reportedly allows users to pinch to access the home screen, to swipe up to reveal the multitasking tray, and swipe left and right to switch between open applications.

In addition, another iOS 4.3 beta for the Apple TV was also released. It allows developers to test AirPlay functionality with iOS applications on the new Apple TV.

Update: In addition, the new update also reportedly adds the ability to change the functionality of the iPad hardware switch. When the iPad launched, the switch originally acted as an orientation lock, but with the release of iOS 4.2, the button changed to mute the device.

The download page makes no mention of the iPhone 3G or second-generation iPod touch. Supported devices are the iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, third-generation iPod touch, and fourth-generation iPod touch.

The new beta confirms rumors that Apple would add its new Personal Hotspot feature to existing GSM iPhones with iOS 4.3. The functionality allows users to share their 3G data connection with up to five devices over Wi-Fi. Those reports claimed that Apple plans to publicly release iOS 4.3 in March.

The new Wi-Fi tethering ability was first revealed on the new CDMA iPhone for Verizon when the product was announced on Tuesday. That forthcoming phone was demonstrated running a different version of iOS, 4.2.5. The latest public version of iOS for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is 4.2.1.
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iOS Just keeps getting better and better. Wonder what Apple has up their sleeve with version 5.0!
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Makes me wonder if these gestures could also be incorporated for a new notification system???
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Sounds good! Looking forward to more Airplay functionality.
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Oh, Yeah!

Dloading now...
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No update for 2nd generation iPhone and iPod Touch. That’s different.
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I hope it is more impressive than the last update. Not that it was aweful but it did not seem like it added much for the iPhone.

On the plus, this new Wi-Fi hotspot will be very nice.
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This is so cool. Now I'll be able to setup a completely mobile command center with internet access for my Mac Book Pro going through my iPad or iPhone.

WiFi seems to use less power than Bluetooth, is faster, and less hassle to setup than Bluetooth as well.

Can't wait for this to be released to the general population.
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The new Hotspot tethering will work great if released on AT&Ts network. On Verizon, anyone sharing a Hotspot will find themselves disconnected if/when an actual phone call comes in for the iPhone owner. Can you hear me now?
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Wish Apple could tweak Bluetooth so that it can send n receive Photos from non-ios devices and make it possible to Edit the Recent call list.
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The hotspot feature is all well and good but the Airplay update is just plain exciting. This is another step in allowing consumers more a la carte options in media consumption.
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Update: In addition, the new update also reportedly adds the ability to change the functionality of the iPad hardware switch. When the iPad launched, the switch originally acted as an orientation lock, but with the release of iOS 4.2, the button changed to mute the device.

SWEET! By far my biggest complaint.
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All The others at least got a few days on stage. Before Apple took all attention back. Verizon and now this.

Must be tough to be RIM, Samsung or any other from ... You know!!! That trade show. Almost forgot! CES something...
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In addition, another iOS 4.3 beta for the Apple TV was also released. It allows developers to test AirPlay functionality with iOS applications on the new Apple TV.

Looks like Apple TV will soon be opening up to third-party apps. Great news!
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The hotspot feature is all well and good but the Airplay update is just plain exciting. This is another step in allowing consumers more a la carte options in media consumption.

Airplay for 3rd party is how I see game and apps for apple tv working. They wont be hosted by the apple tv, but by your iPhone or iPad. The potential here is huge, especially if they can use a different screen configuration when purporting through apple tv.
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I have a developers account...can any developers tell me if it's working and enabled for proper testing using AT&T's network?
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Looks like Apple TV will soon be opening up to third-party apps. Great news!

where do you get that idea? Apple is simply letting developers stream their in-app video to the AppleTV via airplay, if the developer wants to allow such a feature within their app.
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So, if I have (say) an iPhone 3GS and an iPod Touch 4G with me, this means I can share my 3G connectivity to the iPod through WiFi and use FaceTime while outside? (effectively bypassing the restriction)
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Airplay for 3rd party is how I see game and apps for apple tv working. They wont be hosted by the apple tv, but by your iPhone or iPad. The potential here is huge, especially if they can use a different screen configuration when purporting through apple tv.

Games via AirPlay requires pushing a lot of pixels & FPS over WiFi...

I think a better approach would be to download the games (via iTunes or ATV), store the games in your local iTunes library, then crossload a game to be played to the ATV.

Any iDevice remote would run a companion remote controller app that sends commands/gestures (only) to the ATV -- instead of the entire game animation.

The companion app on, say, an iPhone, could display controls (if you need/want to look at the remote) or just recognize gestures independent of where they occur (if you don't need/want to look at the remote).
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Hoping mlb.tv app will support Airplay when the season begins. I plan to torture AT&T by streaming every MLB game from my iPhone or iPad over 3G until they relent and allow me to enable tethering on my iPhone without first removing the original unlimited data plan.
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where do you get that idea? Apple is simply letting developers stream their in-app video to the AppleTV via airplay, if the developer wants to allow such a feature within their app.

That is, IMO, a necessary next step if Apple wants to add an SDK and App Store for the AppleTV. Meaning, The best way to use apps on the AppleTV will be with an iOS/iDevice. That means that APIs for pushing data between them with ease needs to be well designed so that AppleTV apps can work with iPhone/Touch and iPad apps with ease for the developer and consumer.
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I have a developers account...can any developers tell me if it's working and enabled for proper testing using AT&T's network?

Talk to other developers, offline, that respect the NDA.
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Looks like Apple TV will soon be opening up to third-party apps. Great news!

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where do you get that idea? Apple is simply letting developers stream their in-app video to the AppleTV via airplay, if the developer wants to allow such a feature within their app.

The way it's written either of you could be right. But since the ATV has little storage of its own, it's hard to see how third party apps could be loaded on unless they were very small. I can see ATV as a medium to make the TV your screen and your iPhone, iTouch or iPad your game controller. But thinking of playing Angry Birds this way, I am having trouble seeing how I would control the birds without some visual feedback on the TV screen of where my finger is in the field of play--without that I'd keep looking down at my iPhone. Maybe Angry Birds will offer an update to add this option--a little circle to show where your fingertip is on the big screen.
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So, if I have (say) an iPhone 3GS and an iPod Touch 4G with me, this means I can share my 3G connectivity to the iPod through WiFi and use FaceTime while outside? (effectively bypassing the restriction)

Good question!
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The new Hotspot tethering will work great if released on AT&Ts network. On Verizon, anyone sharing a Hotspot will find themselves disconnected if/when an actual phone call comes in for the iPhone owner. Can you hear me now?

From my understanding, only if the call is ANSWERED. You have the choice to see who's calling and decide if you want to interrupt your data connection. No, it's not ideal. But you aren't automatically booted off your data connection like some people would have you believe.
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YAY! A switch option!
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The way it's written either of you could be right. But since the ATV has little storage of its own, it's hard to see how third party apps could be loaded on unless they were very small. I can see ATV as a medium to make the TV your screen and your iPhone, iTouch or iPad your game controller. But thinking of playing Angry Birds this way, I am having trouble seeing how I would control the birds without some visual feedback on the TV screen of where my finger is in the field of play--without that I'd keep looking down at my iPhone. Maybe Angry Birds will offer an update to add this option--a little circle to show where your fingertip is on the big screen.

The ATV 2 has 8GB NAND storage -- enough for several movies and or games.

For most flexibility, the apps, say Angry Birds, would be cross-loaded to the ATV from your iTunes library on the same network -- a few second delay.

I have been doing some experimenting with running the Mac version of AB on a Mini connected to the same HDTV as the ATV.

The Mac version of AB uses a mouse or touchpad as the remote -- and you do not need to take your eyes off the TV to look at the remote:

-- the scroll button or gesture zooms/unzooms the display
-- mouse movement or gesture moves a pointer of an open hand
-- press-hold over the slingshot causes the hand pointer to close (and engage the slingshot)
-- drag-release aims and fires the slingshot.

It works pretty well!

There is a little hand icon that shows the
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Jeez! Removed NDA ... sorry

Fixed -- pls fix quote.
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Apple is doing really well fighting the Jailbreak scene. Providing incentive to update to the latest firmware, while releasing new updates at a pace that the Jailbreak scene can't keep up with. I just finally got a working jailbreak on 4.2.1 yesterday! But I prefer running the latest iOS, so I will revert to 4.3 today.

The only three reasons I jailbreak is:

- SMS doesn't let you hide the keyboard once you've activated it, which is extremely annoying for someone who texts a lot and receives large text messages. You have to go back to the conversations screen then select your conversation again to hide the keyboard.
- Quick reply for SMS
- Unlimited icons in folders

.. which are all somewhat minor features. Quick Reply is probably the least likely of Apple to add.

Apple is fighting the jailbreakers with the best method possible: provide the user with frequent, rewarding updates.
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Fixed -- pls fix quote.

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iOS Just keeps getting better and better. Wonder what Apple has up their sleeve with version 5.0!

Hopefully widgets or dynamic icons. Why does the calendar icon show me the date but everything else have to be static. A weather app icon that actually includes weather information might be helpful for instance.
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done

Thx... I got confused and excited at the same time!
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The calendar app icon shows the date?!
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I heard a rumour from someone, who has never been on this website, that iOS 3.2 now has ProRes. What would this unconfirmed rumour mean to developers and users if it turns out to be correct?
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I heard a rumour from someone, who has never been on this website, that iOS 3.2 now has ProRes. What would this unconfirmed rumour mean to developers and users if it turns out to be correct?

if that were to happen I think that streaming HD quality video might be more efficient, right? via AirPlay or a media application streaming from your desktop..
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if that were to happen I think that streaming HD quality video might be more efficient, right? via AirPlay or a media application streaming from your desktop..

I dont really know, but from what I can tell an intermediate codec would benefit apps, like iMovie, that are used for editing. This could allow Apple to offer higher-bit video that can edited and converted faster and smoother than the competition.
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Engadget has a video of the new gestures in action. They look awesome.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/12/i...-support-to-a/

Who needs a home button?
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I've been playing with the beta for about an hour now. You can now stream video from your camera roll to your Apple TV. Also, it appears the shutter sound when taking pictures has been tweaked.
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