iOS 4.3 Beta Adds new iPad Gestures, Returns Rotation Lock

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Apple released a beta version of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad to developers Wednesday afternoon that includes new multi-touch gestures for the iPad, and also brings back the rotation lock switch thanks to an option that lets users choose the audio mute or rotation function.

The developer release notes state, “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.”

The developer-only beta also includes personal hotspot support, which lets users share their 3G wireless data connection over Wi-Fi with up to five devices. The feature was introduced during a media event where Verizon announced it would start selling the iPhone 4 in early February.

The beta sports a new FaceTime app icon, support for full-screen iAd banners, and references for several live video effects.

Apple also released a new beta of its Xcode developer tools that includes support for third-party app AirPlay video streaming.

It looks like iOS 4.3 will leave behind even more devices. Support for the second generation iPod touch and the iPhone 3G has been dropped from the update.

Apple hasn’t announced when the update will be officially released, but it seems likely it could roll out around the same time the Verizon iPhone is released on February 10.

[Thanks to Boy Genius Report for the heads up.]

Comments

Lancashire-Witch

Support for the second generation iPod touch and the iPhone 3G has been dropped from the update.

That’s a pity. My 3G phone still works well.  One of the reasons I chose an Iphone was so I didn’t need to change my cell phone every 2 years - a la Nokia - because they consistently failed to keep going.

Bennyboy

That?s a pity. My 3G phone still works well.  One of the reasons I chose an Iphone was so I didn?t need to change my cell phone every 2 years - a la Nokia - because they consistently failed to keep going.

I feel your pain.  I had to upgrade an original iPhone this year.  The problem is that the hardware isn’t up to snuff to get the latest updates. It’s either that or crappy coding.  Either way, you either upgrade or don’t and keep whatever you have so far intact.  The only reason why I didn’t wait to upgrade is my wifi failed and then the cellular radio started to fail.

Gandolf

Not to come to Apple’s defense, but ?
unless it brakes, an iPhone 3G will continue to do everything it does now. But Apple will keep raising the tail-fins (adding features) to utilize new technology, attract customers, and wow us with their creativity. When we hear “new system,” or “new feature” we must just remember that our (precious) iPhone is only a communications tool. (If we can)

Bennyboy

unless it brakes, an iPhone 3G will continue to do everything it does now. But Apple will keep raising the tail-fins (adding features) to utilize new technology, attract customers, and wow us with their creativity. When we hear ?new system,? or ?new feature? we must just remember that our (precious) iPhone is only a communications tool. (If we can)

Well we will see when they start using PA’s technology all over the phone.  If it only has a two year lifespan then we know that it was intentional obsolescence.  It’s not just Apple, they all do it, I just hoped that Apple would make theirs better quality wise.  They used to if you compare the iPhone 4 to the original iPhone.  The materials were better, but they had to cheapen the phone in able to get the carriers to do the subsidy, or else it’s $500 a pop.

MyRightEye

Does it not do something that it did when you bought it??

Then stop your whining.

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