iOS 4.3, AT&T's Personal WiFi hotspot may be set for release Feb 13

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in iPhone edited January 2014
Apple is set to launch iOS 4.2.6 for Verizon's CDMA iPhone 4 on February 10, but a 4.3 update may be made available just days later, bringing Personal Hotspot WiFi sharing to AT&T users.



Reader Loren reports that David Pogue, in his New York Times review of the Verizon iPhone 4, noted that the new Personal Hotspot feature would come to existing AT&T iPhone users on February 13, a date that no longer appears in his review.



Loren said Pogue's review originally stated, "the single new feature in Verizon?s iPhone is Personal Hotspot, where the iPhone becomes a Wi-Fi base station. Up to five laptops, iPod Touches or other gadgets can get online, using the phone as a glorified Internet antenna.



"That?s incredibly convenient. Many other app phones have it ? AT&T?s iPhone gets it on Feb. 13 ? but Apple?s execution is especially nice. For example, the hot spot shuts itself off 90 seconds after the last laptop disconnects. That?s hugely important, because these personal hot spot features are merciless battery drains."



The review now simply states, "AT&T says its iPhone will get it soon" without mentioning a date. While the February 13 date falls oddly on a Sunday, making it an unlikely date for an iOS release, it appears that iOS 4.3 will at least be released around that day.



A curious Verizon sponsorship



Earlier today, John Gruber of the Daring Fireball speculated that iOS 4.3 would be released within two weeks, based upon the idea that Verizon Wireless had sponsored a free two week period of News Corps' new Daily news app.



Because iOS 4.3 is also expected to debut support for new in app subscriptions, it follows that Apple will have to release the new software before it can begin billing users. And because Apple wanted to launch the Daily app in advance, perhaps to keep attention on the iPad during Google's Wednesday demonstration of Android OS 3.0 Honeycomb, it makes sense that it would make plans to launch the Daily app a couple weeks prior to iOS 4.3



During that period, Gruber noted, Apple could make the Daily app available without a billing system in place by negotiating a "sponsorship" with Verizon, a move that would also direct buzz toward the coming launch of the Verizon iPhone 4, just as early reviews began to hit the major media outlets.



This suggests Apple will setup an event around that date to announce iOS 4.3 and its new subscription billing program for newspapers and similar subscription content sources.



Gruber also noted, "the hotspot feature works so well that I can?t really see paying for a 3G iPad again."

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 14
    nasseraenasserae Posts: 3,153member
    iOS 4.3 will be released this month. Next month Apple will introduce iOS 5 with developers beta like they've always done.
  • Reply 2 of 14
    I think the confusion came about because AT&T is launching a mobile hotspot app for Andriod on Feb. 13th.
  • Reply 3 of 14
    Good, now I finally don't have to JB my phone to use MyWi.
  • Reply 4 of 14
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by capoeira4u View Post


    Good, now I finally don't have to JB my phone to use MyWi.



    Unless you want to keep your unlimited data plan.
  • Reply 5 of 14
    "This suggests Apple will setup an event around that date to announce iOS 4.2 and its new subscription billing program for newspapers and similar subscription content sources."



    Typo?
  • Reply 6 of 14
    jonrojonro Posts: 47member
    You'll never have to buy a 3G iPad again -- if you want GPS and Apple includes GPS with the WiFi model. Otherwise, it will cost you.
  • Reply 7 of 14
    pmzpmz Posts: 3,433member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by capoeira4u View Post


    Good, now I finally don't have to JB my phone to use MyWi.



    Wtf?



    Pay AT&T $30 for unlimited data, jb and use mywi?



    Or pay att $50'a month for the same amount of data? I dont think so.



    Until att understands what UNIMITED means, I will happily continue to screw them and use MyWi for free wifi tethering.
  • Reply 8 of 14
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jonro View Post


    You'll never have to buy a 3G iPad again -- if you want GPS and Apple includes GPS with the WiFi model. Otherwise, it will cost you.



    If you're using the iPhone hotspot, you already have a GPS iOS device, so that's moot.
  • Reply 9 of 14
    Someone doesn't read the site. On Monday there was an article that 4.2.6 was released. So was it or wasn't it
  • Reply 10 of 14
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by pmz View Post


    Wtf?



    Pay AT&T $30 for unlimited data, jb and use mywi?



    Or pay att $50'a month for the same amount of data? I dont think so.



    Until att understands what UNIMITED means, I will happily continue to screw them and use MyWi for free wifi tethering.



    I have no idea what UNIMITED means:-)
  • Reply 11 of 14
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by charlituna View Post


    Someone doesn't read the site. On Monday there was an article that 4.2.6 was released. So was it or wasn't it



    It obviously was. It's for the Verizon iPhone only. It has nothing to do with this.
  • Reply 12 of 14
    If you are with Verizon, make sure you block all incoming/outgoing calls....else your wifi hotspot will cancel....and your friends will be looking for someone else to mooch off of.
  • Reply 13 of 14
    Has anyone mentioned the battery life you get from the mobile WiFi feature? I know it kills other devices batteries. I'm wondering if it is any different on the iPhone.
  • Reply 14 of 14
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mynameisjoe View Post


    Has anyone mentioned the battery life you get from the mobile WiFi feature? I know it kills other devices batteries. I'm wondering if it is any different on the iPhone.



    4 hours, I believe.
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