iOS 4.3 May Launch Tuesday Afternoon

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs told the media iOS 4.3 will be available on Friday, March 11, with the launch of the iPad 2. A new rumor is out, however, claiming that iOS 4.3 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad will be released at 10AM pacific time on Tuesday.

News of the alleged early release comes courtesy of Boy Genius Report and the usual unnamed sources.

iOS 4.3Apple may launch iOS 4.3 early

Assuming the rumor is correct, releasing the iOS update early makes sense because it gives Apple the ability to deal with the heavy network traffic and extra support calls that go along with updates, and puts a couple days between the iOS 4.3 launch and the first iPad 2 sales.

Apparently the unnamed sources claiming iOS 4.3 hits today also said the Personal Hotspot feature in the update will be limited to supporting three wireless device connections unless carriers specifically ask Apple to bump the limit up to five. Personal Hotspot is a feature that lets iPhone users share their wireless 3G data connection with other devices such as laptops and iPads.

Apple isn’t confirming the early iOS 4.3 release rumor, or word that Personal Hotspots will be limited to three devices be default, so for now both should be taken with an appropriate dose of salt.

Comments

Jeremy

it says right on apples website that wifi hotspot is limited to three devices…is this journalism?

pc2osx

I have a wireless iPad, but no iPhone.  Any chance the iPad could serve as a Hotspot?

Gremlin

@pc2osx: no. According to Apple the personal hotspot feature will be limited to the iPhone 4.

matt

10:05 am pst
no update

mladd

it says right on apples website that wifi hotspot is limited to three devices?is this journalism?

Personal hotspot will handle 5 devices, of which 3 can be WiFi. It can handle one tethered, 3 via WiFI and/or 3 via Bluetooth, up to a Max of 5 total connections.

From Apple’s iOS 4.3 page:

You can share your connection with up to five devices at once over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB ? with up to three of those connections using Wi-Fi.

Jeremy

Personal hotspot will handle 5 devices, of which 3 can be WiFi. It can handle one tethered, 3 via WiFI and/or 3 via Bluetooth, up to a Max of 5 total connections.

Yes, but to my point, the wifi portion, as you also said is 3. This is not news, and we don’t have to look to “unnamed sources” as the original poster noted. Apple has stuck to these numbers OFFICIALLY ever since releasing their online press of 4.3 and announcing the iPad 2. It doesn’t take much to go to apple.com and find out for ourselves from the horse’s mouth. The poster should have the intellectual wherewithall to check unofficial leads against official information, so he doesn’t sound like an idiot.  This post is 100% usless now as it only shows freely available information we already know, and anything unofficial has, by now, proven FALSE.

Also, congrats to the “unnamed sources” on the release of 4.3 today…NOT

mladd

The posting had nothing to do about how many WiFi hotspot connections, besides a single sentence in an article. The original poster also stated that the release of iOS 4.3 today to be a rumor.

So take a rumor, repeated multiple times (on multiple sites) over the course of a 24 hour period, as a rumor, a leave it at that. Why get all bent out of shape over it?
I’m not sure what else you are upset about.

3 WiFi hotspot connections? Someone needs a hobby.

Jeremy

Twice you have mistaken my posting’s relevance. The post was not about whether it was a rumor or how many hotspot seats there were. It was about bad journalism and misrepped sources. There were no unnamed sources that spoke about any facts regarding the wifi hotspot in this article, there didn’t need to be. Apple said everything themselves. While it may not seem like much to you, this is the slip the journalism world has taken ever since any geek with a phone and a forum or blog thought that made them a journalist. Did you know that misrepresentation of information and material, whether known by the author or not, is still plagiarism?

mladd

Yes, I have mistaken the relevance of your posting. Good luck reading articles posted on the rest of the internet. I’m not sure how you can sleep at night.

Jeremy

I don’t know how I sleep at night either. Your mom takes up the whole bed. And don’t get me started on her snoring and halitosis…

mladd

Stay classy.

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