iOS 4.3 Update

Apple announced iOS 4.3 today after many months of testing. Some of the changes are relatively minor however some new features have been added. Here’s a quick run down on some of the new features and updates:

Apple announced iOS 4.3 today after many months of testing. Some of the changes are relatively minor however some new features have been added. Here’s a quick run down on some of the new features and updates:

Personal Hotspot


This is probably the biggest update which comes in iOS 4.3 and possibly the most useful, it allows you to use your 3G enabled iPhone 4 as a wireless access point so a wireless device such as a wifi only iPad can connect to the internet. It’s almost like a virtual wifi point. While this is incredibly useful unfortunately a lot of carriers are restricting the usage of this feature and some are even charging for it which is pretty underhanded in my opinion. Hopefully the feature will eventually become free.

iTunes Home Sharing


This is a fantastic new feature that will allow you to stream all your content from iTunes to an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. It’s strange that Apple has taken so long to roll out this feature with many pieces of third party software such as Plex allowing you to do this already.

New Airplay Features


Airplay was introduced in the last update allowing you to stream media from your Apple device to an Apple TV. The update now enables you to stream video from the photos app. This is especially useful if you have an iPhone4 and have recorded HD footage which you want to watch on your TV straight away without any fuss with cables or transferring video. You can also play slideshows from the photos app also.

Other features

Mute switch/Orientation lock

One of the most notable minor changes is Apple having a change of heart with regards to the mute switch which was originally an orientation lock. Now Apple lets the user decide in the settings whether it’s a mute switch or an orientation lock switch.

Faster Safari

The new version of Safari has increased performance and runs javascript twice as fast as iOS 4.2. This means that websites which take advantage of jQuery and other languages will load significantly faster.
What do you think of iOS4.3 so far?