Apple's iOS 4.3 will be launching on the new iPad 2 launching this Friday and on new iPhone models. According to Boy Genius Report existing compatible iOS devices will be getting access to the upgrade today at 10:00 am Pacific Standard Time. One of the most sought after features by the iPhone fan is integrated WiFi personal hotspot functionality.
People who jailbreak their iPhones have had WiFi hotspot capability for some time now, but there are millions who are not interested in jailbreaking to get this functionality. The Verizon iPhone 4 has the hotspot functionality too. I have several coworkers with iPhones who have been waiting anxiously for this update as they grow tired of seeing Android devices providing WiFi hotspot capability. I understand you will be able to share your connection with up to five devices at once, which should be just fine for nearly everyone. I imagine most just need to connect their laptop so I really don't understand why some people think five is a limitation and the comparisons with some Android devices that can share eight is senseless.
iOS 4.3 is compatible with the following devices:
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4 GSM model (no mention of the new CDMA Verizon one)
- iPod touch 3rd generation
- iPod touch 4th generation
- iPad 2
Other improvements in iOS 4.3 include AirPlay enhancements, faster Safari performance, and iTunes home sharing. AT&T will likely charge extra for the WiFi hotpsot functionality, likely something like the $20 additional that Verizon charges. I am trying to wait patiently for the likely iPhone 5 announcement in a few more months, but have to admit that I am being drawn to an iPhone 4 or 5 on AT&T and imagine I will have one this summer.