Apple iOS 4.3 reportedly available at 10 am PT today

Apple iOS 4.3 reportedly available at 10 am PT today

Summary: iOS 4.3 is launching on the iPad 2 on Friday, but it looks like compatible existing devices will see this update appear this morning.

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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
  • 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.

Topics: Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Networking, Smartphones, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: Apple iOS 4.3 reportedly available at 10 am PT today

    Matt, I upgraded from a 3G to my current iPhone 4 the day they came out last summer and have been totally thrilled with it. I was amused at the whole 'antenna-gate' issue as I have had numerous flip phones over the years with stickers on the backs that say, in effect, "holding your phone here will degrade the signal." Physics am physics, even for Mr. Jobs and Apple.

    My hearty recommendation aside I'd still wait for the iPhone 5. While Apple's design cycle for these devices would seem to dictate that the five will be a minor update, ala, 3GS, those updates at this juncture would be a shame to miss. You're too close to the bump to lose out.
    dheady@...
  • RE: Apple iOS 4.3 reportedly available at 10 am PT today

    Personally I will believe it when I see it. Not that I would mind getting the update early, but I just do not see it happening today.
    Rick_K
  • RE: Apple iOS 4.3 reportedly available at 10 am PT today

    10 AM PST has come and gone with no update. I think we will see it on the announced date, March 11.
    kmberger
    • RE: Apple iOS 4.3 reportedly available at 10 am PT today

      nvm
      MajorlyCool
  • RE: Apple iOS 4.3 reportedly available at 10 am PT today

    My iPhone 4 (AT&T) still says iOS 4.2.1 is the current version.
    philb1701
    • RE: Apple iOS 4.3 reportedly available at 10 am PT today

      @philb1701 I don't think any iPhone updates go out over the air. You'll need to update iTunes after the update is available, then plug in your iPhone to your computer.
      MajorlyCool
  • RE: Apple iOS 4.3 reportedly available at 10 am PT today

    From a purely speculation standpoint, Apple may decide to release iOS 4.3 prior to the 5PM release of iPad 2, in order to relieve some of the pressure on update servers. That would allow existing users to get in before the new adopters. Or not. Will have to wait till Friday to find out.
    philb1701
  • RE: Apple iOS 4.3 reportedly available at 10 am PT today

    Yeah not so much guess a guess is still a guess lol.
    sgenung
  • RE: Apple iOS 4.3 reportedly available at 10 am PT today

    The 3G iPhone doesn't get the update?
    Kentsc
  • RE: Apple iOS 4.3 reportedly available at 10 am PT today

    It is almost noon Pacific Time and no sign of a new OS as yet. Wishful thinking...?
    steve96785
  • RE: Apple iOS 4.3 reportedly available at 10 am PT today

    what would happen if u took the safari.app from 4.3 and put it on 4.2.1? haha...
    xkiller213
  • RE: Apple iOS 4.3 reportedly available at 10 am PT today

    If you have not yet gotten the update plug in your iOS device and then check for update. I updated iTunes on the 8th which it said was require to install iOS 4.3 then on the 9th by 11:00 or 12:00 PST I was able to update my iPhone 4.

    I would like to know what happened to the multi figure gesturing?
    non-biased
  • RE: Apple iOS 4.3 reportedly available at 10 am PT today

    The Few months before the release of the long-awaited iPad 2, bringing with it a number of relatively small but welcome changes..

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    danielmia