Confirmed: iOS 4.3 Will Feature Personal Hotspots

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After yesterday’s Verizon iPhone announcement, it was already clear that Apple would bring personal hotspots – that is the ability to use the iPhone as a WiFi router for up to 5 devices – to other networks as well. Today, Apple released the first beta of iOS 4.3 for iPhone and iPad to developers and this version does indeed offer personal hotspots just like the Verizon iPhone pundits got to gaze at yesterday.

Now it’s just up to AT&T and friends to actually support this feature and enable them on the carrier side. Given how long it took AT&T to actually support a basic feature like tethering, I’m not holding my breath.

Other new features (mostly for the iPad) according to those who’ve actually seen iOS 4.3:
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  • swipe up to open the multitasking tray
  • swipe left and right to switch apps
  • 4 and 5 finger gestures – though I’m not quite sure what those will be used for, yet
  • the iPad side switch can now be set back to bein an orientation lock (Apple turned it into a mute switch in the last update)
  • AirPlay streaming from third-party apps
  • fullscreen iAds
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    Frederic Lardinois founded SiliconFilter in 2011. Before starting this site, he wrote about 1,500 articles for ReadWriteWeb. His areas of interest are consumer web and mobile apps, as well as Internet-connected devices like cars, smart sensors and toasters. You can reach him at [email protected]

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