Apple Releases iOS 4.3, Xcode 4 - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Infrastructure // PC & Servers
News
3/9/2011
03:55 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
Moving UEBA Beyond the Ground Floor
Sep 20, 2017
This webinar will provide the details you need about UEBA so you can make the decisions on how bes ...Read More>>

Apple Releases iOS 4.3, Xcode 4

Just in time for the arrival of the iPad 2, Apple is shipping updated versions of its mobile operating system and its developer tools.

Apple Announces iPad2
(click image for larger view)
Slideshow: Apple Announces iPad2

Apple on Wednesday released iOS 4.3, the latest update of its mobile operating system, two days sooner than expected.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs summarized the new features during the company's iPad 2 launch event in San Francisco, Calif., last week.

The software powers Apple's iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices, which number over 160 million worldwide at the moment. It's available through Apple's Software Update control panel.

Apple has also made its iOS 4.3 SDK and Xcode 4, a new version of its integrated development environment (IDE), available to iOS developers. In addition, the company has updated its HTML5 ad creation tool, iAd Producer, to version 1.1.

iOS 4.3 promises faster Web browsing, thanks to an update to Apple's Nitro JavaScript engine in the mobile version of Safari. Apple claims that the enhancement doubles mobile Safari's JavaScript performance.

The iOS update also delivers a new feature called iTunes Home Sharing, which allows users to stream iTunes content -- music or video -- on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad over a local WiFi network.

Apple is also enhancing wireless content streaming from Apple TV devices through a previously introduced feature called AirPlay. iOS 4.3 allows streaming from third-party apps and Web sites through Apple TV, along with videos in the Photos app and previews in iTunes. In addition, AirPlay allows video captured on iOS devices to be streamed back to Apple TV via the Photos app.

Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated feature in iOS 4.3 is the Personal Hotspot, which allows computer users to connect to an iPhone 4 over WiFi and then to use the phone's cellular data network to reach the Internet. iOS 4.3 brings hotspot support to AT&T GSM iPhones; it was already enabled on Verizon CDMA iPhones.

iOS 4.3 add support for one new mobile app -- Photo Booth, a mobile version of the Mac OS X picture taking app -- and one updated app -- a version of the company's FaceTime video conferencing app that has been reworked for the iPad 2.

German Mac enthusiast site Macerkopf.de on Tuesday said it has received reports of an iOS 5 event in April when Apple will announce changes to its MobileMe service.

Apple has not announced any such event, but is widely believed to be working to make MobileMe a more appealing cloud-based service, possibly by allowing customers to stream their iTunes content to any of their Apple devices through Apple's data centers.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
IT Strategies to Conquer the Cloud
Chances are your organization is adopting cloud computing in one way or another -- or in multiple ways. Understanding the skills you need and how cloud affects IT operations and networking will help you adapt.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll