Apple has pushed out iOS 4.3 Beta 1 for developers and the update will bring some new and exciting features to iOS devices. In this post, we will cover all the features and enhancements that are known till now.
ORIENTATION LOCK SWITCH
Apple made a huge mistake with iOS 4.2.1. They changed the functionality of the side switch present above the volume buttons on the iPad. The switch was originally meant for locking the automatic screen rotation, and users simply loved the feature. With iOS 4.2.1, the switch was used to mute the volume of the device, which never works in most Apps.
Developers are reporting that in iOS 4.3, Apple now allows you to choose what the switch would do from the Settings App.
New Multi-touch gestures have also been added and you can now use four or five fingers to pop up the multi-tasking bar, return to the home screen, go back, and switch Apps. Apple has published a note for developers :
Test Multi-Touch Gestures for iPad
This beta release contains a preview of new Multi-Touch gestures for iPad. 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
A video demonstrating the multi-touch capabilities in iOS 4.3 by MacRumors.
Image Courtesy – BGR
The Verizon iPhone has a new feature dubbed “Personal Hotspots”, a feature that would allow it to become an internet hub for up to 5 WiFi devices to connect to. Apple plans to make “Personal Hotspots” available for AT&T iPhones too. iOS 4.3 would include this feature.
FACETIME ICON CHANGE
9to5Mac has discovered that the FaceTime icon has been revamped and the App now sports a new icon.
An unofficial version of PwnageTool is now available and can be used to jailbreak iPhone 4 on iOS 4.3. The jailbreak is based on Geohot’s bootrom-based Limera1n exploit. For a complete guide, check this.
ALERT TONE SETTINGS
According to iSpazio, you can now personalize how many times you wish to be reminded of a new text message.
Recently, Apple released the change log for iOS 4.3 and as this post covers everything about iOS 4.3, we thought it would be good to publish it too.
MMS pictures are rotated 90 degrees
Delay in activating FaceTIme after SIM swap
Delay when zooming in and out in Safari
FTP tool sometimes errors out
If SIM card is removed with personal hotspot is enabled, iPhone panics
D2D apps are not opening
Sound remains on even though the device is muted
Issues Fixed Since iOS 4.3 8F5132f
Fixed issue that prevented controls from being dismissed in some cases
Addressed issue where the keyboard could not be brought back when highlighting and swiping through search results
Voice over now reads the entire chart in stocks app while in landscape mode
Fixed slideshow stop after 15 image when using AirPlay
iPhone -> 04.08.00
Enabled Traffic Volume Indicator IE in CELL UPDATE
Fixed issue with integrity protection failing after SRNS relocation
Fixed issue of iPhone units deactivating and not activating after baseband logging is enabled
iPad -> 07.11.00
Fixed issue of Physical channel reconfiguration failure during a reselection procedure
Fixed issue of the UE missing a page because it is decoding and responding to RRC Setup messages meant for other UEs
Fixed incorrect auto routing with LG HBM-210 on FaceTime calls
Fixed canceled recurring calendar events still shows on the event list
Fixed deleting a recurring events make the alarm go away
Fixed all-day alarm fired an hour early
Fixed exchange calendar event duplicating when passing Israeli daylight savings time
Letter ł is now visible in notes
Fixed missing accented letters in European keyboard popups
Increase font size for China and Pinyin inputs
Fixed auto-correction issue when switch back from Emoji to English keyboard
Added inline space with Pingyin inputs
Corrected “Undo” translation in Simplified Chinese to “撤销”
Updated inconsistent translation in Chinese, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese,
Fixed missing Chinese characters in Pinyin
Improved common phrases used in Chinese
Improved common phrased used in Japanese
劲歌金曲 is no longer missing
Fixed issue that produced unexpected output when trying to type 从前门进入果
一点儿 now ranked higher than 一点二
Word completion candidates capability now available for Chinese language
Added additional common phrases for character 耍
Fixed issue that caused the wrong candidates to be displayed (J: “間スコット”) when “ますこっと” is input
“軽さ(かるさ)” now in the candidate
Fixed orientation of mail application not following device orientation under specific conditions
Fixed popover when drilling into a thread while the empty search field is focused
Fixed mail message view and orientation when quickly selecting a message and hitting edit mode
Fixed MMS messages with vCards scrolling up
Fixed screen not drawing properly when Nike+ is in the background
Added new icon for wifi tethering for personal hotspot on status bar
Fixed issue that caused Safari and other apps to crash after loading certain heavy Websites
Fixed Personal Hotspot password failure with 22+ characters
Added support to for “find” in Safari
Fixed wallpaper titles for VoiceOver