iOS 4.3 to bring AirPlay for third party apps, personal hotspot and system gestures for iPad

Apple just released iOS 4.3 beta to its developers. Here are what’s new:

  • iOS 4.3 is available for iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, third and forth generation iPod touch.
  • iOS 4.3 will be the first new iOS that does not run on iPhone 3S and 2nd generation iPod touch like older iOS 4.x release.
  • There will be a Personal Hotspot configuration menu under Settings app if you carrier support tethering. Personal hotspot is internet tethering via WiFi, making your iPhone a MiFi router for other devices. Personal hotspot makes its first appearance on Verizon iPhone announcement yesterday which is running iOS 4.2.5. The latest iOS version for GSM iPhone is 4.2.1. iOS 4.3 will bring this feature to GSM iPhone.
  • iOS 4.3 will allow third party to add AirPlay with simple line code change. AirPlay was launched with iOS 4.2 but was limited to official Apple apps.
  • Apple released a beta version of firmware for AppleTV to allow developer to test AirPlay functionality from their apps.
  • iOS 4.3 for iPad will include four-finger and five-finger gestures for system functions such as switching to home screen, bringing up multitasking tray for app switching.
  • It is still not confirm if iOS 4.3 will support recurring billing for app, which is essential for content subscription.
  • Updated: iOS 4.3 for iPad will allow user to choose between Mute or Orientation Lock for the side button. Apple switched from Orientation Lock to Mute function when iOS 4.2 is released. Many are not happy about this change, looks like Apple does listen to its users.
  • Updated:iOS 4.3 beta contains hint of a new “Find My Friends” MobileMe feature. Not much detail on what this feature does.
  • Updated:There is rumor that iPad 2 will not have a home button, instead multitouch gestures are used to close app and for app switching.
  • Updated: There are hints of new iPhone and iPad hardware in iOS 4.3 beta. It appears that the next generation iPhone and iPad will still be using iOS 4 instead of a brand new iOS 5.

iOS 4.3 is expected to be released late February or in March.