Apple releases iOS 4.3 early

Surprise! If you’ve been anxiously waiting for Friday to get your hands on iOS 4.3, your wait is over. You can get the update via iTunes right now for all of your i-devices.

There had been some rumours that the update would only be available if you upgraded iTunes to the latest version (10.2) but I just tried on 10.1.2 and it seems to work fine.

Why bother with iOS 4.3? Well as we mentioned in our roundup of Apple’s iPad 2 announcement, there are a few compelling reasons:

  • Faster web browsing
  • Improved home sharing
  • AirPlay improvements: Photos get all slideshow options, audio and video can be done from all apps and websites too.
  • Personal hotspot for iPhone 4 users
  • Lock switch can be customized: rotation lock or mute function
  • New PhotoBooth software for camera-equipped devices
  • FaceTime now supports the iPad 2, iPhone 4, iPod Touch and any Mac with an isight/facetime camera


    • Simon Cohen

      Hey Pierre, you should at least get faster browsing out of the update, and I think AirPlay as well. Too bad the hotspot is limited to iPhone 4’s – that’s a big benefit IMHO.


      • Pierre

        As I plugged my iPhone into my laptop to charge, I found out tonight that personal hotspot option is available on 3GS!
        Unlike iPhone 4, the hook-up option is only as follows: a) To connect using Bluetooth & b) To connect using USB. No Wi-Fi as shown in your above pic


  1. Pierre

    I thought so. So, all this update did was make Safari a faster browser.

    That is what I hate about Apple. All about the new products but no thought about the previous versions.

    It is what it is.


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