Apple may push through its iOS 4.3 ahead of the iPad 2 hitting store shelves March 11, according to reports. Officially, iOS 4.3 is scheduled for that same date.
Apple could push through its iOS 4.3 update as early as
March 9, according to rumors. That would mean it arrives on iPhones and iPads a
full two days ahead of the official March 11 release date.
On March 8, the blog Boy
suggested that Apple would push out the update at 10 a.m.
PST. That time came and went without the update, and speculation started
focusing on March 9 as a revised date. Jim
Dalrymple at The Loop
seemed the first to suggest that, in comments
eventually picked up by Apple
With iOS 4.3, Apple has tweaked AirPlay to stream content to
an HDTV via Apple TV, sped up Safari's performance and included iTunes Home Sharing,
which lets users play their iTunes content on various devices over a shared
WiFi network. Those using the iPhone 4 will now have the option of a personal
hotspot, which can connect up to five other devices over WiFi, Bluetooth and
The iOS 4.3 update will be supported by the iPhone 3GS and
GSM-based iPhone 4 (the latter available on AT&T's network), the third- and
fourth-generation iPod Touch, and both versions of the iPad.
March 11 also marks the street date for the iPad 2, the
update of Apple's popular tablet. The company is trusting this newest device to
help it maintain a lead in the tablet segment, which has grown crowded with
Android-based competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Dell Streak 7 and
The general agreement is that the iPad 2's dual-core
processor, coupled with hardware upgrades such as cameras, put it at parity
with some of the higher-end competitors entering the tablet market. On the
software side of things, iOS 4.3 will compete head-to-head with Google Android
3.0, codenamed "Honeycomb," which has been optimized for tablets' larger
Apple is also counting on the massive size of its App Store
to blunt some of Android's competitive momentum. Although Google and its
manufacturing partners have been encouraging third-party developers to build
mobile apps for their smartphones and tablets, the App Store still holds the
lead in the overall number of apps.
"Android is way behind Apple in the application space,"
Gartner analyst Van Baker told
recently. "If you are comparing OS features, then the gap is not as
significant, but consumers are not going to buy a tablet based on which OS it