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Apple's iOS 4.3 brings improved AirPlay, iTunes Home Sharing, and a number of other goodies

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Apple's iOS 4.3 brings improved AirPlay, iTunes Home Sharing, and a number of other goodies
Apple announced iOS 4.3 today, with a focus on improved JavaScript rendering, iTunes Home Sharing to stream media from your computer to your iDevice, AirPlay improvements, and a bunch of other good stuff.

First off, JavaScript rendering in Safari is now twice as fast. We measured how in dual-core phones and tablets, like in the LG Optimus 2X, JavaScript processing speeds were dramatically improved. The same thing now goes for the dual-core iPad 2, so no surprise here. As for Adobe Flash - nah, forget it.

We'll now take advantage of something called iTunes Home Sharing, which basically is streaming multimedia content from your iTunes library on your computer (Mac or PC) via your home wireless network to your iPad or iPhone.

AirPlay has also received an update, now able to stream home movies from your Photos app via Apple TV, and even from AirPlay-enabled websites.

With iOS 4.3 you can now share your GSM iPhone 4's internet connection with your iPad too - Personal Hotspot for up to five devices is finally here, but we bet AT&T will still charge. Yeah, no need to tell you this 4.3 update is only for GSM iPhones, Verizon's crop will have to wait, but it has the function anyway in its own version of the iOS software.

The PhotoBooth camera software is now standard on the iPad 2, and the Apple folk demoed up to 9 live video streams with different effects like kaleidoscope or thermal vision, that can appear on the tablet's screen at once. The list goes on with iMovie (still $4.99, coming March 11th in the App Store) for iOS with a number of new features for serious video editing, as well as GarageBand, which will be available for the tablet now in the App Store, tailored to the bigger screen experience.

PhotoBooth camera software. Image courtesy of PCMag

PhotoBooth camera software. Image courtesy of PCMag

Of course, since we now have two cameras on the iPad 2, iOS 4.3, which seems to be tailored as a tablet version before anything else, supports FaceTime through the VGA front camera, while the rear one shoots HD video still, no Full HD for you.

All in all, incremental updates, but wrapped up beautifully, and everything seemed fluid and functional. What do you think?

source: Apple

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posted on 02 Mar 2011, 13:16 3

1. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Apple Store, here I come :)

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 13:31

3. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Looks quite interesting will see how this works around ^^

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 14:54

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Got to wait until March 11th... :-)

But seriously, if iOS 4.3 truly supports tethering the iPad 2 with the iPhone 4 (on GSM-only; is this a stick to VZW, or what) with no added up-charge by AT&T (which I HIGHLY doubt, but I would love to be proved wrong), this could be a killer application. It might also keep a bunch of AT&T iPhone customers from jumping ship to VZW (especially those with unlimited data plans on their iPhone 4).

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 07:52

7. Monique27 (unregistered)

Did you not read the part where it says that the VZW iPhone already has this feature? I have the VZW iPhone and it came with the hotspot feature when I bought it. The only thing that VZW iPhone users will be missing is the update to airplay and iTunes home sharing.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 13:28 2

2. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)

Haha fanboy idiot...

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 18:20 2

5. B (unregistered)

Not really ipad 2 more like ipad 1.2 or ipad 1.5 at most. Apple loves applying minimal changes each year and charging top buck for the 'new' model and no doubt this will work again

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 23:19 1

6. earle.evans (Posts: 27; Member since: 07 Mar 2010)

as compared to what other company? what company completely revamps a product year over year?

posted on 05 Mar 2011, 00:52

8. JimMorgan (unregistered)

Welcome iphone to the world of "Personal HotSpot", nice of you to finally catch the train that left you behind.

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