Launched ahead of it’s penned release tomorrow, Apple treated its customers early to its newest version of iOS.
Free through iTunes, on the iPad it’s comes in at just under 600MB, while the iPhone needs 423MB of update gubbins. It’s probably best to leave it downloading while you make yourself a cuppa. Or the dinner.
Version 4.3 brings a handful of extras to the original iPad, and the iPhone 4 and 3GS. (The iPhone 3G doesn’t get the upgrade this time- sorry, it’s the end of the line.)
iPhone 4 owners get plenty of new features, you’ll now able to create a wireless hot-spot, using your 3G connection to give internet access to your laptop Nintendo DS, or even, dare we say, a rival tablet.
In fact, you can connect up to five devices at the same time; three through wireless, two on Bluetooth, and one through a USB cable, old school.
We’re waiting to hear back from the main UK mobile networks, as to whether the wireless hotspot feature will cost you- the tethered internet feature available on the old OS had certain costs attached to it, depending on your network. We’ll be summarising the prices later today, and will update this article when we’ve got all the answers from the main networks.
You will now be able to adjust the number of times the phone will beep to notify you of new messages, even if you’re still unable to change the sound.
Conference calls are also simplified,with setup requiring just one touch, while both the iPhone and iPad will now be able to output 720p high definition video to HDTVs and monitors through a new HDMI conversion cable, available separate.
For iPad users, you’ll get to choose whether the slide switch will mute sound, or lock the orientation of the screen- perfect for those lazy lie-down internet browsing sessions.
There’s a few additions to Apple’s social media foray, Ping, but they’re nothing to get excited about.
You can now setup push notifications for comments and follow requests, meaning they’ll get sent straight to your iDevice. You’ll also be able to post and like songs immediately through the ‘Now Playing’ screen.
The new version of iOS is compatible with the iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad and 3rd and 4th generation iPod touch. (The iPod Touch will gain compatibility with FaceTime, but it’s not a phone, so…)