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Apple's first beta of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone and iPad packs a number of new features for the mobile operating system, including more options for iPhone text message alerts and new multitouch gestures for the iPad.

Apple released the first beta of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV on Wednesday. The initial build is known as 8F5148b, and is only available to developers for testing purposes.

AppleInsider offers readers a first look at some of the new features found in the iOS 4.3 beta, including Personal Hotspot, new multitouch gestures, custom text message alert settings, and even a new look for App Store updates.

Custom text message alert intervals

A new addition to the iPhone with the first iOS 4.3 beta is the ability to choose how many times an alert tone for an SMS message is played. By choosing "Messages" in the native Settings application, users can now see the "Play Alert Tone" option.

From here, users have the ability to choose to play an alert tone once, twice, three times, five times, or ten times. The alerts repeat at two minute intervals.

Currently, on iOS 4.2, users only have the option to turn on "Repeat Alert." If a message is ignored, users are given two more alerts before they stop.





New look for App Store updates

Updating software on the iPhone has a new look through the App Store application in the first iOS 4.3 beta. Currently, updates are shown through a gray background in the "Updates" tab of the App Store.

In the first beta, applications are instead shown against a white background, and a rectangular border with rounded corners circles the application name and icon. Blank background space has also been changed to black from gray.



New multi-touch iPad gestures

As revealed on Wednesday, Apple has added new multi-touch gestures to the iPad which aim to make it easier to multitask. Users can now quickly invoke the app drawer, where multitasking items and recently opened applications reside.

As seen in the video included below, users can also quickly switch between open tasks and return to the home screen with new four- or five-finger swiping gestures. Swiping left or right flips between applications, and pushing up returns to the home screen.



iPad hardware switch

The physical switch on the side of the iPad was originally used as an orientation lock, but beginning with iOS 4.2, it instead served as a mute switch. The change prompted numerous complaints from iPad users, who preferred the ability to quickly lock the iPad orientation.

Apple has responded to those complaints, at least in the first beta of iOS 4.3, and added a new option in the Settings application to choose between mute and orientation lock for the physical switch.

Personal Hotspot

As revealed on Wednesday, the first iOS 4.3 beta includes the new Personal Hotspot feature first unveiled this week with the new Verizon iPhone. The new feature allows the iPhone to share a 3G data connection with up to five separate devices over Wi-Fi.

Various reports have said the update will only be available in iOS 4.3 for iPhone users who have a carrier that opts to allow the functionality. As with previous iOS tethering methods over Bluetooth and USB, it's likely that carriers will charge for that ability.

Personal Hotspot is enabled through the native Settings application on the iPhone. Selecting the option allows users to turn on the feature, noting that "additional usage charges may apply." Users can set a custom password for their local Wi-Fi network.



AirPlay for third-party apps

The first beta of iOS 4.3 will also allow developers to add AirPlay functionality to their third-party App Store software. This will give developers the ability to wirelessly send images and data to the new Apple TV set top box, also running iOS 4.3.

Of course, this feature cannot be demonstrated until developers create or modify their existing applications to add AirPlay support.

"Stream video from your app to a widescreen TV using new Media Player APIs that support AirPlay video," Apple's official documentation reads. "You can also update your Web content to support AirPlay."

Lack of support for older hardware

Apple has not provided developers with builds of iOS 4.3 for older hardware, including the iPhone 3G and second-generation iPod touch. Those same devices were already missing features, such as multitasking and custom wallpapers, when iOS 4 launched in June of last year.

While it's possible that the iPhone 3G and second-generation iPod touch could eventually receive iOS 4.3, for now the first beta only supports the iPad, iPHone 4, iPhone 3GS, third-generation iPod touch and fourth-generation iPod touch. Apple has not given any indication as to whether the older devices will eventually receive support, or if iOS 4.2 is the last update available for them.

iOS 4.2 was found to greatly improve the performance of the mobile operating system on the iPhone 3G. Some users of the hardware first released in 2008 have complained about performance on the device, with one lawsuit against Apple alleging that iOS 4 turned their iPhone 3G into an "iBrick."
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That's good news. I'd rather my iPhone only alerted me once.
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Apple has responded to those complaints, at least in the first beta of iOS 4.3, and added a new option in the Settings application to choose between mute and orientation lock for the physical switch.

Hallelujah!
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I have 4.3 on my iPhone4, there's no way to update individual apps now with the changes, it has the 'Update All' button but that's it.
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Love the software switch, and the multitouch gestures were completely unexpected but very welcome. Apple's giving more/larger features in their point releases. Very nice to see. Also interesting to see the ability to turn off the advanced gestures.
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I never noticed the Group Messaging setting before. This site helped me understand what it does.
http://shawnblanc.net/2010/12/iphone-group-messaging/

I think I only have one question left about Group Messaging. If I send a text to one person, does it get sent as a SMS or MMS?
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That stretch gesture when you reach the left- or right-most app is pretty cool. I like how Apple adds eye candy that is functional and not just for eye candy's sake.

Why isn't there an option for 'Always' in the SMS repeat? Battery drain?
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I have 4.3 on my iPhone4, there's no way to update individual apps now with the changes, it has the 'Update All' button but that's it.

Could be that iOS 4.3 is still in beta? I dunno, just a thought.
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I hate there is no SMS option for a time stamp. It's nice to know when a text message comes through!
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I can't wait to see what 3rd party apps are allowed to do what. This could be huge. If your a developer get this up and running and tell us what things can be done please.
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Apple's first beta of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone and iPad packs a number of new features for the mobile operating system, including more options for iPhone text message alerts and new multitouch gestures for the iPad. ...

I can't for the life of me understand why Apple refuses to either give us some decent alert sounds or allow us to make our own.

One of the main uses for an iPhone is to use it as an alarm clock but the only sounds we are allowed are novelty crap like dogs barking, or something that sounds like a Klaxon on a submarine. I would have bet money that Apple would have fixed this with the second or third update, but here we are on the 4th generation phone and almost at iOS 5.0 and we still don't have any decent alarms.

It boggles the mind sometimes trying to follow the reasoning of Apple's software designers, and they just aren't good enough to make the effort worthwhile or entertaining.
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I still believe that the new gestures are in anticipation of a new notification system. Also, I don't care what stupid text messaging alerts they give us, I want to make my own. We know that the iPhone supports it, just a matter of iTunes getting the functionality to make it work.

I am sure it will be one of the highlights of iPhone 4s or iPhone 5 or whatever they call the next revision.
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iPad hardware switch

The physical switch on the side of the iPad was originally used as an orientation lock, but beginning with iOS 4.2, it instead served as a mute switch. The change prompted numerous complaints from iPad users, who preferred the ability to quickly lock the iPad orientation.

Apple has responded to those complaints, at least in the first beta of iOS 4.3, and added a new option in the Settings application to choose between mute and orientation lock for the physical switch.

Is this only for the iPad? Or will it be implemented for the iPhone as well?

I personally prefer the software switch for orientation lock on the iPad (although, making it configurable is even better, for those who like it in its previous function) but would love to be able to switch the iPhone orientation lock on an off via the mute switch. That may sound odd, but it's just a function of the way I use each device, I guess.
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So no custom SMS alert tones--we get to use the same lame tones we had before. How about a timer telling us how much time we've spent with a particular caller Also agree that it would have been nice to have a time stamp for SMS.
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I can't for the life of me understand why Apple refuses to either give us some decent alert sounds or allow us to make our own.

One of the main uses for an iPhone is to use it as an alarm clock but the only sounds we are allowed are novelty crap like dogs barking, or something that sounds like a Klaxon on a submarine.

Idk if it's the same on the iPhone (I assume it is), but on my iPod Touch I can change the alarm to any of my own custom ringtones. I load them through iTunes and they can be created very easily. This is not for notifications, but for alarms at least it works.
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Apple's official documentation reads. "You can also update your Web content to support AirPlay."

It works with this tag <embed src="movie.mov" width=320 height=240 airplay="allow">

It would be wonderful if the iDevice could completely control the web page and not just the movie.

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How about better printing????
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Idk if it's the same on the iPhone (I assume it is), but on my iPod Touch I can change the alarm to any of my own custom ringtones. I load them through iTunes and they can be created very easily. This is not for notifications, but for alarms at least it works.

Thanks for this info; didn't know.

But how silly is it that I have to now go home and hold a microphone to my old cell phone (which uses all the standard alarm sounds), record it, create an iTunes track, turn that track into a ringtone, sync the ringtone to my computer, sync the phone to the computer, and then finally be able to set the alarm to the newly created ringtone? I mean all I'm talking about here is a tone that goes "beep" or "beep-beep" or maybe "beep-beep-beep-beep." You know, like what most people have used to wake up to since the 1970's.

It's pretty likely that I won't ever do this anyway because it's too much hassle. I will just keep using my old cell phone (that I stopped using when the iPhone came out in 2007), as an alarm clock. Even though it's a crappy Virgin flip-phone from 5 or 6 years ago, it still works, and it's a better alarm clock than the fancy new iPhone.
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That's good news. I'd rather my iPhone only alerted me once.

?

it already does. unless you have enabled the repeat function. the new function is just providing more granular control.
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Personal Hotspot

oh yay. one more way for at&t to dictate to me what i can use my 2GB a month on. the data for which i pay them to use.

what if car rental companies said, "yeah, you've paid for 1000 miles, but you can't use them to drive to that store over there. if you want to drive to that store over there then we're going to charge you an additional ninety pounds."
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How about a timer telling us how much time we've spent with a particular caller

There is a timer. go to recents, then the blue arrow next to the name of the caller and wall-a.
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So is all this information supplied to AI by Apple or a developer under an NDA? Just curious.
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Thanks for this info; didn't know.

But how silly is it that I have to now go home and hold a microphone to my old cell phone (which uses all the standard alarm sounds), record it, create an iTunes track, turn that track into a ringtone, sync the ringtone to my computer, sync the phone to the computer, and then finally be able to set the alarm to the newly created ringtone? I mean all I'm talking about here is a tone that goes "beep" or "beep-beep" or maybe "beep-beep-beep-beep." You know, like what most people have used to wake up to since the 1970's.

It's pretty likely that I won't ever do this anyway because it's too much hassle. I will just keep using my old cell phone (that I stopped using when the iPhone came out in 2007), as an alarm clock. Even though it's a crappy Virgin flip-phone from 5 or 6 years ago, it still works, and it's a better alarm clock than the fancy new iPhone.

Try Garageband to add stuff via iTunes. Apple supply tons of sound effects for GB. There is a 'Send Ring Tone to iTunes' built right in too

Look in /Library/Audio/Apple Loops/Apple

There are many great sounds to have fun with, especially if you have SoundTrack Pro but even iLife has many.
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post #24 of 80
Anyone can download an Alarm Clock app. Lots of them are free.

Apple has got a lot on their plate right now.
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What is interesting about all this is that pretty useful and well requested features are now turning up in pout releases. No longer need to wait for next version of idevice to get copyand paste rolled out.
This can mean one of two things:
1.Apple wanted to include these features in iOS 4 from the start, but did not have time
2. Apple is now willing to improve it's products via software, rather then forcing peope to wait for the new hardware to have acres to new features. This would great news and ads more value to users then say android, which still requires a hardware change for the most part to get the new version of os and features. (not required per se, but it's harder to update android phones then iOS phones due to carrier/ manufacturer interference)
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I have a 3G and have resigned myself to not getting 4.3. That being said could you PLEASE not continue to link that one viral video that shows ONE person kind of using 4.2 and claiming it's such a great fix. Is that really the only proof going around that 4.2 made a difference? Why is that one video linked over and over on all the Mac sites when people mention 4.2 and 3G's? If that guy could get a royalty he'd be raking in the dough.

I'd hate to see how Mac sites would handle say proof to invade another country. One YouTube video?
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So...if I understand correctly, if AT&T allows this feature - even at a price, I would not really need the iPad 3G. The iPad wifi would suffice.

And if I also have a macbook air, when I travel I could set up the phone to provide 3G internet to either the iPad or the macbook air.

Thus instead of paying $30 per month (when needed) on the ipad 3G, I now have the option (assuming AT&T charged in the $20-30 per month range) of using the phone.

The main benefit is more devices that I can use while just paying one monthly fee.

So to me, the real question is: will they require an annual contract for the hotspot, or can I turn it on and off as needed, which is how it is set up with the iPad......

Also if I have unlimited data plan on the phone, would that change?

I don't mind paying for data but don't understand why I have to pay for it on every device.
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IMHO the Airplay SDK addition is the biggest thing on that list.
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I don't make a ton of phone calls, but I wish there was better organization of calls. One list full of incoming and outgoing calls can get a little confusing and it couldn't be that hard to split the two up.
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I don't make a ton of phone calls, but I wish there was better organization of calls. One list full of incoming and outgoing calls can get a little confusing and it couldn't be that hard to split the two up.

Yeah I can see that, but I just look at the little icon next to the name. Telephone with an arrow? Outgoing. No arrow. Incoming.
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There is a timer. go to recents, then the blue arrow next to the name of the caller and wall-a.

Thanks. My wife has been hounding me about it. I really don't pay much attention to it.
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I hate there is no SMS option for a time stamp. It's nice to know when a text message comes through!

This. So much this.

Also, weren't we promised editable call history at one point? Still waiting for that!
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anyway airplay can send data to a device that's not apple TV? my TV has 3 HDMI ports and they are all used and i don't want to buy a switch box
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All I want is support for delivery reports.

SMS is grey as its being sent ( as it is at the mo)

Change the Background to blue or something when sent and then change to green when delivery report is received.

simple
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I don't mind paying for data but don't understand why I have to pay for it on every device.

I can understand why a vendor places a fee on a service: because they can, and they have made a business deterimnation it is their best interests (profit) to do so.

I do the same when think about buying. I could use the moble hot-spot feature, but will not pay above a certain price for the new convenience. It wasn't part of the original deal when I bought my iPhone. To me, it is not worth an extra $20/mo locked in for 24 months, for example. YMMV.

Give me a monthly plan for 200MB at $5, and I'd buy. I rather think multiple options in between these would be attractive to many.
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Thanks for this info; didn't know.

But how silly is it that I have to now go home and hold a microphone to my old cell phone (which uses all the standard alarm sounds), record it, create an iTunes track, turn that track into a ringtone, sync the ringtone to my computer, sync the phone to the computer, and then finally be able to set the alarm to the newly created ringtone? I mean all I'm talking about here is a tone that goes "beep" or "beep-beep" or maybe "beep-beep-beep-beep." You know, like what most people have used to wake up to since the 1970's.

It's pretty likely that I won't ever do this anyway because it's too much hassle. I will just keep using my old cell phone (that I stopped using when the iPhone came out in 2007), as an alarm clock. Even though it's a crappy Virgin flip-phone from 5 or 6 years ago, it still works, and it's a better alarm clock than the fancy new iPhone.

Okay, so wait. First you complain that it was impossible. Then, when you find out it is possible, you give the worst case method of getting a ringtone into an iPhone and complain how difficult it is. And this is only because you like the sound your old alarm clock makes?

How about using a different alarm app?
How about searching the internet for the alarm clock sound?

Maybe write to Apple and explain your dilemma, maybe they'll add it to the next version of iOS for you, since it is so important to you, that you can't even be bothered to do it yourself. Just be sure to include a crying emoticon so they know you're serious. : ' (

I don't use iPhone's built-in alarm clock. Nightstand is so much better - well worth the 99 cents!
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5 finger swiping.....what's next, 5 fingers + 2 toes + your nose to access the main menu?

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5 finger swiping.....what's next, 5 fingers + 2 toes + your nose to access the main menu?


Yeah, and if you hold it up to your "ear" you can hear the ocean, too!


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It works with this tag <embed src="movie.mov" width=320 height=240 airplay="allow">

It would be wonderful if the iDevice could completely control the web page and not just the movie.

Yes, have the ability to do both the web page, itself, and any audio or video within yhe page.
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5 finger swiping.....what's next, 5 fingers + 2 toes + your nose to access the main menu?


Well that would be the same as just using eight fingers.
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