iOS 4.3 To Be Released Today – Should You Upgrade?

During the iPad 2 event, Apple announced iOS 4.3 and it’s release date of March 11th. However, rumor has it, that iOS 4.3 is going to be released today. The upgrade will be available for the iPad, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 GSM model (meaning the AT&T iPhone and not the Verizon iPhone) and the iPod touch (3rd & 4th generations). Below is a list of a few the features we will see with iOS 4.3.

Note: Like with all firmware updates, if you have a jailbroke device, you will want to hold off on updating when the new iOS is released… especially with the upgrade to iOS 4.3. Below is a warning from BigBoss.

March 11th is the due date for the next iOS release. This is to support ipad2. As always, I give my standard warning not to update and wait for the jailbreak release. This time, I am giving some extra caution, however.

With 4.3 comes apple’s implementation of address space layout randomization (ASLR). In short, this will mess up the way mobile substrate works. You will need a new mobile substrate in order to use your favorite tweaks such as winterboard, sbsettings, bitesms, folder enhancer, etc. So you should definitely avoid 4.3 until an “official” jailbreak is released for it.

iOS 4.3 Features:
    • Safari Performance Improvements – Implementation of Nitro JavaScript engine. Allowing JavaScript to run up to twice as fast as in iOS 4.2.

    • iTunes Home Sharing – “Now you can play your entire iTunes library from anywhere in the house. If it’s on your Mac or PC, you can play it on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch over a shared Wi-Fi network. And not just music. Watch a movie or TV show. Play a podcast. Or listen to an audiobook. On whichever device you want — without having to download or sync.”

    • AirPlay Enhancements – Will now allow streaming of videos from your Photos app to your Apple TV as well as “AirPlay-enabled apps and websites.”

    • iPad Side Switch Update – You will now be able to choose (in the Settings app) if you would like the switch on the side of the iPad to lock the screen rotation or mute the volume.

    • Personal Hotspot for iPhone 4 – This will allow you to turn an iPhone 4 on iOS 4.3 into a personal hotspot. “Personal Hotspot and share your cellular data connection with your Mac, PC, iPad, or other Wi-Fi-capable device. You can share your connection with up to five devices at once over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB — with up to three of those connections using Wi-Fi.”

    • FaceTime for iPad – iOS 4.3 will also give the iPad the ability to FaceTime. Allowing the ability to FaceTime between two iPads, between an iPad and an iPhone, or between an iPad and a Mac.

    • Photo Booth

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  1. BDog Grizzly says

    Why the hell did this not happen for the iPhone 4 Verizon?! I read they had a Photo-Booth app coming up and that’s freaking cool sounding.