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Apple delays iOS 4.3 for CDMA Verizon iPhone

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In announcing the release of iOS 4.3 on March 11, Apple has explicitly excluded CDMA iPhone 4 from the list of supported devices, indicating that a separate build will be provided afterward.

The new iOS 4.3 release will officially support the 2009 iPhone 3GS, the GSM iPhone 4, third and fourth generation iPod touch, and iPad models. This leaves out the CDMA iPhone 4 as well as Apple TV (which is normally updated on its own, independent schedule).

The Verizon iPhone 4 was released using its own software build, labeled iOS 4.2.5. Other iOS devices remained at iOS 4.2.1, which was released in November. Apple subsequently updated Verizon iPhones to iOs 4.2.6 to fix a bug related to its new Personal Hotspot feature.

Apart from the brief exclusive of its Personal Hotspot feature, the Verizon iPhone is being updated separately because it uses a different baseband chip than other iPhones, requiring a separate firmware. Apple may be waiting for Qualcomm to deliver a specific update for the chip before integrating the new firmware into the iOS release for that model.

Apple hasn't announced a date for the Verizon iPhone release version of iOS 4.3, but it is likely to follow shortly after the initial release for GSM iPhones because the new build packs a variety of features and improvements.

New major features in iOS 4.3

The general features provided to all iOS devices by iOS 4.3 include Personal Hotspot (WiFi tethering), which Verizon iPhone users already have. However, there are also a number of other significant new improvements Verizon iPhone users will want, including:

 Improved Safari JavaScript performance using the Nitro engine, which Apple says boosts JavaScript execution up to twice as fast. JavaScript powers much of the interactivity of modern web apps.
 Support for AirPlay video streaming by third party apps, as well as videos within the web browser or within the Photos app. Streamed photos also use slideshow transitions.
 The ability to locally stream (without downloading or syncing) any content from your iTunes library via Home Sharing: music, movies, TV, podcasts, or audiobooks.

New minor features in iOS 4.3

Additionally, there are a variety of smaller tweaks and updates included in iOS 4.3:

 A new Noteworthy font in Notes
 Fixes a slideshow stop after 15 image when using AirPlay
 The ability to cancel and delete an app that is downloading. It is currently only possible to delete an app that has been installed.
 A slightly redesigned keyboard; missing accented letters in European keyboard popups; increased font size for China and Pinyin inputs
 A new Parental Controls setting for the iTunes Ping social network
 A new menu for scrubbing in videos, with Fine Scrubbing by seconds/frames; Quarter Scrubbing by second; Half Speed Scrubbing by minute and Hi-Speed Scrubbing by minutes.
 A new Updates section in the App Store and new Accounts section in the Store menu.
 Location Services settings moves from General to Settings Menu, and both Location Services and Mail accounts ON/OFF button is changed to a lock symbol.

Some minor features (outside of Personal Hotspot) and bug fixes are also targeting just GSM iPhones:

 Baseband is updated to 05.16.00 (for iPhone 3GS), 04.10.01 (for GSM iPhone 4)
ÂÂ*Enabled Traffic Volume Indicator IE in CELL UPDATE; fixes issue with integrity protection failing after SRNS relocation and iPhone units deactivating and not activating after baseband logging is enabled
 A control to set repeat of text tone (up to 10 times)
 Automatic refresh of information displayed in Field Test Mode (removing manual refresh)
 Slideshow options have moved to Photos app
 New Contact photo user interface
 Dual vibrate when receiving a text message

New bug fixes in iOS 4.3

A variety of minor changes and bug fixes are also addressed in iOS 4.3:

 Accessibility: Voice Over now reads the entire chart in stocks app while in landscape mode. Fixed issues that prevented controls from being dismissed, or that prevented the keyboard from returning when highlighting and swiping through search results
 Calendar: deleting a recurring event now make the alarm go away; fixed an all-day alarm going off an hour early. Canceled recurring CalDAV calendar events now removed on the event list. Fixed Exchange calendar event duplicating when passing Israeli daylight savings time.
 Language: updates inconsistent translations in Chinese, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese; fixes auto-correction issue when switch back from Emoji to English keyboard
 Mail: fixes orientation of Mail not following device orientation under specific conditions; fixes popover when drilling into a thread while the empty search field is focused; fixes mail message view and orientation when quickly selecting a message and hitting edit mode
 Safari: addresses issue that caused browser to crash after loading certain websites

post #2 of 13
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apart from the brief exclusive of its Personal Hotspot feature, the Verizon iPhone is being updated separately because it uses a different baseband chip than other iPhones, requiring a separate firmware. Apple may be waiting for Qualcomm to deliver a specific update for the chip before integrating the new firmware into the iOS release for that model.

Notice how Apple is having to wait on a third party in order to extend functionality to Apple's own iOS devices.

I'm not sure why Adobe gets demonized here all the time when other third parties also need to develop modules for iDevices.
post #3 of 13
I wonder what this means?

New Contact photo user interface
post #4 of 13
Already a bad start for the Verizon model. Slower speed, no concurrent voice/data, no real global coverage, and now late IOS updates.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by noexpectations View Post

Already a bad start for the Verizon model. Slower speed, no concurrent voice/data, no real global coverage, and now late IOS updates.

And outdated in four months.

Who fricking cares?

Originally Posted by Slurpy

There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already fucked.

 

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Originally Posted by Slurpy

There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already fucked.

 

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post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by pwj View Post

Notice how Apple is having to wait on a third party in order to extend functionality to Apple's own iOS devices.

I'm not sure why Adobe gets demonized here all the time when other third parties also need to develop modules for iDevices.

Adobe have had at least 4 years to get their act togther and still cant provide a solution for a mobile platform. (I hear Flash wont be avalible on the Xoom for at least a few more months). I'll bet the firmware for the CDMA iPhone will be released before Adobe have a stable version of Flash for the Xoom.
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Originally Posted by noexpectations View Post

Already a bad start for the Verizon model. Slower speed, no concurrent voice/data, no real global coverage, and now late IOS updates.

Yeah, that ole ATT iPhone will have the latest & greatest... And still won't be able to call from places my Verizon iPhone can. Enjoy all those new features!
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apart from the brief exclusive of its Personal Hotspot feature, the Verizon iPhone is being updated separately because it uses a different baseband chip than other iPhones, requiring a separate firmware. Apple may be waiting for Qualcomm to deliver a specific update for the chip before integrating the new firmware into the iOS release for that model.

It's much more likely they forked the code base for the Verizon-only 4.2.6 release and haven't yet merged all the changes back into the main code branch.
post #9 of 13
The quote:

" This leaves out the CDMA iPhone 4 as well as Apple TV (which is normally updated on its own, independent schedule)."

is incorrect.

To get on the new iPad some of the extra functionality for AirPlay, an update to Apple TV2 is required. Developers have had betas of this update for months. I expect the Apple TV 2 update to be available on the same day iOS 4.3 is made available.
post #10 of 13
Here it is, a month later. Has Verizon gotten iOS 4.3 yet?
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Originally Posted by Unicron View Post

Here it is, a month later. Has Verizon gotten iOS 4.3 yet?

"You're waiting for it wrong"
post #12 of 13
here we are in july with no update i sight. Looks like Verizon iphones will not be getting 4.3 at all at this rate. Maybe the plan is to just make us wait for 5.0? hopefully we even get 5.0? I know the 5.0 beta is only on GSM phones right now...so maybe the iphone for verizon will forever be stuck on 4.2.
post #13 of 13
still nothing.... I wonder if we will wait for ios 5 too.....
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