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Apple releases first beta version of iOS 4.3 to developers (Updated x2)

Apple has released iOS 4.3 beta 1, the first beta version of its next major point release for iOS, to its paid developers. According to notes accompanying the release, the beta includes a pre-release version of future Apple TV Software so that developers can test AirPlay functionality with their 4.3 apps, meaning that users should be able to send video from apps or websites to the Apple TV under the new software. A prior report also indicated that the Personal Hotspot Internet sharing feature debuting on the Verizon iPhone 4 will make its way to other models under iOS 4.3, although it is unclear whether the functionality is included in this update. Separate beta versions of iOS 4.3 for the iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, third-, and fourth-generation iPod touch are available as downloads for paid iOS developers from Appleā€™s iOS Dev Center.

Update: TUAW reports that the new beta also includes support for new four- and five-finger gestures on the iPad. “This beta release contains a preview of new Multi-Touch gestures for iPad,” reads Apple’s developer page for iOS 4.3. “You can use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen; swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar; and swipe left or right between apps. We are providing this preview before releasing them to the public to understand how these gestures work with your apps. Test them and give us your feedback on the Apple Developer Forums.”

Update x2: Mac Rumors notes that the new beta also offers an option in the Settings app to choose whether the iPad’s side switch acts as a screen rotation lock or as a mute switch. The iPad originally shipped with the switch acting as a screen rotation lock, but Apple changed its behavior in iOS 4.2.

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Comments

1

So enough people complained about the screen lock switch being taken away that they’re considering putting it back? cool. Nice to see people power still works…sometimes…

Posted by mr_infamy on January 12, 2011 at 4:06 PM (PDT)

2

Yes,feedback does work.
And, FWIW, I posted here last year that the Home button should be activated by software as well to prevent wear on the button.  That idea got hammered here, and with the new multi-tasking gestures, just that has happened.
Not only does it make more sense, it does indeed alleviate the wear and awkwardness of needing to hit this button.
Thanks Apple.

Posted by sb on January 12, 2011 at 6:46 PM (PDT)

3

I’m exited!  I’m so getting me a iPad this time wink

Posted by dennis on January 12, 2011 at 6:56 PM (PDT)

4

Wow, this is great news.  Hope all goes well and all of this support makes it into the public version.  I can see the potential for some apps to behave badly with multi-finger gestures.  Hopefully this can be fixed because faster app switching and task bar access would be awesome.  Plus getting the orientation switch back is a great thing too.

Posted by BrennerM on January 12, 2011 at 8:11 PM (PDT)

5

@#4,

Have not seen any issues using the gestures yet.  It works very well, and I thrilled not to have to use the Home button!

Posted by sb on January 13, 2011 at 1:01 PM (PDT)

6

I am eagerly waiting for PHP version 6, hope it lives up to its reputation and buzz.

Posted by Sumit Datta on January 14, 2011 at 1:17 AM (PDT)

7

Has anyone been able to see if the power supplied to the USB connector (from the Camera Connector Kit) was restored to the level supported prior to 4.2?  I used to be able copy pictures from my thumb drive, that ended when I updated to 4.2

Posted by Chris Miller on January 15, 2011 at 9:17 PM (PDT)

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