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iOS 4.3 Launches Today, Let’s Take A Look

According to interwebs reports Apple is launching iOS 4.3 today. Let’s take a look at the features coming to iPhones and iPads.

Personal Hotspot- WOW! Quite a few of my iPhone loving acquaintances (ok I do have some friends with iPhones) have been telling me about this breakthrough feature that “they have”. Personal Hotspot allows you to share your wifi connection with 3 (apparently it supports 5 but rolling out with 3) neighbors.  Android has had this feature for quite a while now in fact it’s rumored that devices like the HTC Unicorn (Thunderbolt) reportedly allows up to 8 wifi connections. Back when Steve Wozniak appeared on the Engadget show he told this convoluted story about how while in Germany he had to get out his macbook to tether to his iPad for internet… hmmmmm

See more after the break

Multi-touch gestures added to iPad. Now if you have an ipad you can pinch to return to the homescreen, swipe up for tasks and swipe left or right between apps.  We’ve had swipe down for notification bar and swipe up for app drawer, well since the beginning. Now with innovative home screen replacements like Wave you can do those silly iOS 4.3 gestures and much more. Oh and these gestures aren’t just for tablets, nope phones too.

Airplay for third party apps: Android apps like Double Twist and others have incorporated the functionality in Airplay, before Airplay which was introduced in the last iOS update

Safari Performance: Safari has been enhanced with their new Nitro JavaScript engine for faster page loads. Now the stock web browser for Android is fast but Dolphin HD, Opera and the Firefox latest beta release are optimized for speed as well.

New Face Time Icon: really an icon is worthy of a note in an upgrade release? Many of Androids themes for Launcher Pro, ADW launcher and various Roms have a lot of icon variations for a lot of apps.. Oh and Qik and Fring can still be used on 3g

Full Screen iADS: Ok we’ll give them this one. If Apple feels they need the entire real estate of the phone or iPad to catch up with Google’s mobile ads more power to them

Configurable Slide Switch for iPad: Had it since the Galaxy Tab was released.

New Camera Effects: There’s an app for that, or 100 in the Android Market

New Message Alerts: Customizable message alerts have been around in various apps since the beginning.

New Keyboard Layout: Several customizable keyboard apps, Also Gingerbread brought out a new keyboard as well in December 10

New Look for Appstore updates: We got a whole appstore overhaul a few months ago. However the Apple app store is still the one thing we here at TDG wish Android could get up to par with not in apps but categories, and functionality.

There was no word about their new lock screen but it’s coming and if you haven’t seen it you should take a look here, it’s magical!

Still no flash. It’s worthy to point out that this is iOS 4.3, we’re only on 2.3 with all the same features, and before iOS 4.3.

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  1. I look at this site as a blog with a strong opinion toward Android instead of a site I can look to get information that is not biased or favored on one side. If I feel like bashing the iPhone, I’ll be back. But, until then, this site does not provide me with the ‘news’.

  2. Iphone has been out longer than Android. so of course it woud be on a higher version, androids are good, but iphones are better

  3. Jeff, I appreciate your comment it is absolutely biased this is thedroidguy.com after all. Having said that it is an extensive update positive update for IOS users.
    This was written by me in the vain that we get apple enthusiasts (I hate the word fanboy) in our timeline all the time talking about how iPhone is better than Android.
    Why am I an Android enthusiast, because I like Android better, I prefer it, and have no problem with people that prefer IOS over Android. However in a toe-to-toe feature comparison even Steve Wozniak said Android has more features than iPhone. Android can introduce features quicker than IOS because Android doesn’t have a “set schedule” for updates.
    With the amount of OEM partners in the Android ecosystem it’s not off base to suggest that Android will ALWAYS be ahead of IOS in some features, simply put there are probably 100x more engineers working on Android devices than IOS, for example while Samsung is working on processors, displays and user experience, Motorola is working on accessory integration and HTC is working on stable hardware, etc. This vast number of engineers and developers are not only in competitin with IOS but with each other. It’s a positive thing for everyone.
    When someone comes at us on twitter or in a heated debate with “Iphone is better than Android” its not as valid as saying I like iPhone better. It is a beautiful, straight forward product with great battery life. Also for us at least (actually a lot of my colleagues that i sit in with press conferences week after week) I prefer Mac computers for the same reasons a lot of people prefer IPhone.
    In closing, I think that Steve Jobs agenda gets in front of the overall progress IOS could be making, they are a marketing machine. IPad 2 will sell millions and millions but toe to toe for hardware the Xoom is a more technically advanced product. The Flash excuses are BS, and there is no reason (other than carrier backhaul) that Apple can’t put Facetime on a 3G or 4G connection.
    OK done writing

  4. @Jeff Stokes

    Yes, it’s biased. It’s an Android news site of course there will be some (or in this case a lot of) bias. BUT this article is also right on the money! iOS 4.3 is a nice upgrade for iPhone & iPad users, but is just another catch up to Android!

  5. Definitely agree with jeff. Its really annoying i couldnt read so i just came to the comments to b*tch.

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