Apple today has released a beta for iOS 4.3 for the iPhone and iPad. The prominent features include support for turning an iDevice into a personal hotspot, better third-party AirPlay support and gesture-based multitasking.
The ‘Personal Hotspot’ feature, which was first seen on Verizon’s iPhone 4, allows users to turn their device into a WiFi hotspot, like an Internet-enabled router, allowing upto 5 devices to connect and use the phone’s data plan. Unfortunately, the feature must be carrier-supported, so we can’t be sure if Etisalat or Du will opt-in for this feature.
AirPlay support for third-party developers have been improved. Developers can now transfer video in addition to audio, straight to the Apple TV. Previously, only iTunes could push video through AirPlay.
And according to AppleInsider, the new iOS version will include gesture-based multitasking for the iPad. Users will be able swipe up with 4 fingers to show the multitasking bar, swipe left and right to switch between applications, and pinch to get back to the home screen.
Other additions include a new FaceTime icon on the iPod Touch, full iAd banners on the iPad, and the ability to set the side switch button on the iPad to being an orientation lock, which should address a much needed feature request.
The beta also drops support for the iPhone 3G, though it may be added back later on if Apple decides.
Check out the video by Engadget showcasing some of the improvements on the iPad.