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Top 5 discoveries in Apple's IOS 4.3 beta

None | Feb. 25, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, 13 JANUARY 2011 - pple (AAPL) isn't wasting any time getting to work this January after bringing the iPhone to Verizon earlier this week. The company released the first beta version of iOS 4.3 for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Apple TV on Wednesday night. The new version of iOS promises all kinds of new features such as AirPlay support for third-party applications, four- and five-finger multitouch gestures and the return of the iPad's screen orientation lock switch.

But that's not all. Developers and bloggers have been hard at work overnight teasing out all kinds of new features and digging up fresh rumors about iOS 4.3. The new iOS hints at new iPads and iPhones, the end of the iPhone 3G, a mobile hotspot feature for all and the end of the home button. Here's a look at the top five rumors, guesses and speculation surrounding iOS 4.3 Beta.

New iToys

Deep in iOS 4.3 beta's code are purported references to two new iPhone models and three new iPads, according to Engadget. That's five new iToys for 2011, although we're most likely talking about two new devices. The gadget blog posits, and I'd have to concur, that these are most likely references to GSM and CDMA versions of a new iPhone, as well as CDMA, GSM and Wi-Fi only versions of a new iPad.

Goodbye iPhone 3G?

The next iOS release appears to dump software updates for the iPhone 3G and the second-generation iPod Touch, according to MacStories. Apple's Developer site typically lists different beta versions of iOS that are specific to each iOS device. The lists currently in Apple's developer center for iOS 4.3 leave both the iPhone 3G and the older iPod Touch out. This is not that surprising since AT&T dropped sales of the iPhone 3G once the iPhone 4 was released. Apple also dumped software support for the original iPhone with the iOS 4 release in June. If the iPhone 3G is getting cut now, how soon until iPhone 3GS owners are cut out of iOS updates?

Death To The Home Button?

Apple appears to have reignited its war on physical buttons in iOS 4.3. The company will reportedly do away with the home button on the iPad in favor of four- and five-finger multitouch gestures, according to Boy Genius Report. The new multi-finger gestures are included in iOS 4.3 as a preview so it's unclear if they will make it into the final version of iOS 4.3.


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