What’s new in iOS 4.3 for iPhone and iPad?

Apple’s iDevice update has broken cover earlier than expected. Here’s what you’ll get for plugging it into iTunes

The early arrival of iOS 4.3 can mean only one thing – you’ll get updated software on your iThing sooner than you were expecting. Like now. But when you drive your iPhone out of the iTunes garage, will you notice the difference in performance? Here are the five highlights to look out for…

New gestures

There are three new gestures for iPad in the OS update, all using four or five fingers (it doesn’t matter which). First is the anticipated pinch to return to the home screen. Second is the upwards swipe to reveal the app bar (that would normally appear with a double-hit on the home button. And third is the sideways swipe that transitions between open apps. Nice. EDIT: Apparently this is a dev-only feature for now, so unless you're on the programme, you won't get the benefits. Worth looking forward to, though, we can assure you.

Switch fix

iPad owners can now reclaim their beloved orientation lock switch after evil Apple replaced it with a mute function. Nothing to worry about if you prefer the mute option – your iOS 4.3-equipped tablet gives you the choice. Yes, choice. Must be Apple’s good side coming out.

Wi-Fi hotspot

It only took – what? – nearly a year to catch up to Android, but you can finally get your iPhone to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to three other gadgets. A further two can share the phone’s data connection via Bluetooth or USB. This bit’s only for iPhone 4. And you’ll need a tethering plan from your network. Well, they tried.

AirPlay video and photo

Apple’s AirPlay music streaming is taking the hi-fi world by storm. Or by high winds, at any rate. Time to throw some more power into the sails with support for photo slideshows and videos. Again, there’s a caveat… you’ll need to have an up-to-date second-gen Apple TV.


You’ll need an adapter for this, but you can now pipe 720p video from your iPhone 4, iPad or iPod Touch 4G to your TV via HDMI. It’s supported in Photos, YouTube, Safari and Keynote, plus third-party apps.


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