With every iOS release Apple adds quite a few new features into it’s existing devices. So what iOS 4.3 is bringing down to the table?
Personal Hotspot: This feature will turn your iPhone into a WiFi router which can be used by up to 5 devices. So now you can use iPhone as Wi-Fi hotspot for other devices.
Airplay: The AirPlay Video Support has been opened up third party applications. Now the developers of third-party native iOS apps and third-party Web apps can utilize AirPlay functionality. Before this, only native Apple applications were able to use AirPlay, which allows multimedia content to be streamed wirelessly from iOS devices and Mac computers to compatible hardware.
New Message Alert Settings will let you to choose how often repeat the alert for a message from 1 to 10 times.
New Keyboard Layout: The update also includes a New Keyboard layout which is semitransparent and looks better than the previous Keyboard layouts.
App Store Updates screen has been given a new look with the iOS 4.3.
Fullscreen iAds: Now the iADs will be supported on full screen. Now advertisers can take advantage of the larger iPad screen to launch interactive iADs.
New FaceTime icon: The iOS 4.3 brings in a new FaceTime icon for iPod touch 4G.
New Camera Effects*:
* Thermal Camera
* Tunnel of Light
The above effects are found in the SDK and could be implemented in the Camera app.
*Apple may use this to create Photo Booth like new camera effects, To be used in FaceTime
Configurable Slide Switch for iPAD: When iPad was launched the sliding switch on side acted as the orientation lock. Then came the iOS 4.2, This changed the switch into a mute switch. Now the iOS 4.3 lets you choose between assigning the sliding switch to either mute or orientation lock.
Gestures: And the most awesome looking feature in iPad iOS 4.3 is the gestures for iPAD. To use the Gestures all you have to do is swipe across screen using 4 or 5 fingers.
-Pinch screen using all the fingers and you will be navigated back to the home screen.
-Swiping UP will show the App switching Tray ! Enabling you to switch between apps without tapping the home button.
-Swiping left/right will let you switch between Apps, just like the cmd-tab in MAC OS X
New Font “Noteworthy” is added to the Notes in iPad.
Cancel the App Store Downloads: iOS 4.3 adds a new functionality, Now you can Cancel the App Store downloads.
Also as Rumor mill churns it, iOS 4.3 spills beans on upcoming Apple Products the iPhone 5 and the iPAD 2.
On the other note: The support for the iPhone 3G and the iPod Touch 2G will go as there are no Beta build for devices.