Second iOS 4.3 beta hits the ground

Second iOS 4.3 beta hits the groundIt's only been a week since Apple outed the first iOS 4.3 beta release to developers, and here we are with the second all wrapped up and ready to go.

The big news from iOS 4.3 beta 2 is Apple's clarification that the new multitouch gestures revealed in the first beta are only there for developer to test out, and won't be active in the final iOS 4.3 release.

The new gestures allow you to return to the homescreen by pinching with four or five fingers, activate the multitasking bar by swiping upwards, and multitask between apps by swiping left and right.

Their presence in the original beta prompted widespread speculation that Apple was looking to drop the physical Home button altogether on the iPad 2 and the iPhone 5. It's clear now that won't be happening – at least not in this generation of iDevice anyway.

“This feature will not be present in iOS 4.3 for customers, but we are providing this preview to gather input on how these gestures work with your apps,” Apple has confirmed.

That aside, iOS 4.3 beta 2 seems to contains few new surprises – to be expected given how soon it's arrived one beta 1's coattails. Probably the most interesting detail to emerge thus far is the presence of FaceTime, Camera and Photobooth icons on the revamped iPad homescreen, confirmation that the second-generation tablet will come sporting a forward-facing camera for video chats on FaceTime.

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mrboris  Jan. 20, 2011 at 16:21

I also have seen on other sites suggesting that iOS 4.3 has renamed "Internet Teathering" with "Personal Hotspot" which allows you to teather your Iphone via Bluetooth, USB and now WiFi. (up to 5 people). I can't wait to try WiFi hotspot feature.

magicjay1986  Jan. 20, 2011 at 19:47

iOS 4.3 is yet to excite me.

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