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  • iOS 4.3 Beta Reveals Revised, Upgraded Hardware and new MobileMe Feature


    As usual, developers have gone digging into the latest beta release, iOS4.3 and have discovered some pretty interesting add-ons and new hardware that should be coming in the next few months.

    First, unreleased devices are being referenced in the new firmware, including several new iphones: a possibly revised iPhone 4 (iPhone 3,3, the AT&T iPhone 4 is referenced as iPhone3,1 and the the Verizon iPhone is iPhone 3,2) and a more significant hardware upgrade (iPhone4,1 and 4,2). The firmware also references a new set of iPads (iPad 2,1 through 2,3) which I'm sure comes as a shock to everyone, however the multiple versions referenced could be more proof that the iPad 2 will come to multiple carriers.

    Also discovered in the beta firmware is an unreleased MobileMe service, currently called "Find My Friends", which could be a service to rival other popular location-based social networking services such as Loopt or Google Lattitude.

    Along with these discoveries, iOS 4.3 provides many new features, including in-app AirPlay, multi-touch gestures for the iPad, and the mobile hotspot feature, first announced on the Verizon iPhone 4.

    The iOS 4.3 software update will be available for the iPad, iPhone 4 and 3GS, and the iPod Touch 4th and 3rd Generation, it seems unlikely, with the referencing of the new, upgraded hardware, that any older device will receive the 4.3 upgrade.

    Sources:
    Engadget
    MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 4.3 Beta Reveals Revised, Upgraded Hardware and new MobileMe Feature started by Matt Savoca View original post
    Comments 59 Comments
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      Umm, games and their data (saved info) are backed up in itunes.
      And I believe that you have to do a full 'restore from backup' to get them back. Thereby possibly restoring something that may cause problems with a fresh restore. It's stupid there's no separate mechanism to restore game saves/settings/passwords/texts separately like a Time Machine restore does.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      And I believe that you have to do a full 'restore from backup' to get them back. Thereby possibly restoring something that may cause problems with a fresh restore. It's stupid there's no separate mechanism to restore game saves/settings/passwords/texts separately like a Time Machine restore does.
      Yea I would like a seperate sync for that also. I always setup as new and lose all game progress.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Those features seem like it should be a good upgrade. I can't wait for the multigestures
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by santacruzlocal View Post
      I was thinking the same thing, that would be awesome !!!
      It would be nice but I do t know if they would want to add services to their product
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by Striknine View Post
      I wouldn't want my friends to know where I'm at all the time. Apple could have added a better feature like "find my jailbreak".
      How about "find my convicted felon associates" ?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by EskimoRuler View Post
      Those features seem like it should be a good upgrade. I can't wait for the multigestures
      They work well on the iPad
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      awesome first post! lovin' your style!
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      I hope they fix the USB power for the dongle on the iPad as iOS4.2.1 is incompatible with a lot of USB devices.
    1. scatman10's Avatar
      scatman10 -
      @KartRacer & cer0 if your jailbroken, try using chronus(cydia) to save game data/restore it via ssh after you either restore or upgrade iOS firmware.
    1. lillstar12's Avatar
      lillstar12 -
      Nope

      Quote Originally Posted by ehren88888 View Post
      Will this update help my Apple Component cables not give me the message "This accessory is not compatible" message.
      Me no think so sorry
    1. onlinegamesnz's Avatar
      onlinegamesnz -
      Quote Originally Posted by ehren88888 View Post
      Will this update help my Apple Component cables not give me the message "This accessory is not compatible" message.
      There is a package in cydia to remove this
    1. iPhoneThereforeIAm's Avatar
      iPhoneThereforeIAm -
      Quote Originally Posted by ehren88888 View Post
      Will this update help my Apple Component cables not give me the message "This accessory is not compatible" message.
      If you're JB'n, try Popup Blocker.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      Umm, games and their data (saved info) are backed up in itunes.
      True... but you lose saved game data if you delete a game before a restore and then do not back up saved data. The whole process is clunky, time consuming, and easily messed up. A simple iTunes tab that keeps track of saved game data would be simple and easy it would also be nice to have some sort of function that handles this in game center - Chronus does an excellent job, but an official version is usually better.

      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Not if you remove the game from your phone to make up space for something else.
      exactly

      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      And I believe that you have to do a full 'restore from backup' to get them back. Thereby possibly restoring something that may cause problems with a fresh restore. It's stupid there's no separate mechanism to restore game saves/settings/passwords/texts separately like a Time Machine restore does.
      true

      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Yea I would like a seperate sync for that also. I always setup as new and lose all game progress.
      Personally, I don't get it, especially with the iPod touch and iPhone being marketed as a gaming platform by Apple now. And with the mechanics of the App Store - updates constantly being released for games that include new content and fixes - I don't see why Apple has not implemented a save game manager.

      For example - Puzzle Quest 1 was not a complete game. I beat it and got tired of waiting for the rest of the game to be released - So I deleted it. Once the update as released I had no way to restore my saved game and was unwilling to beat the game up to the updated point just to play the new content.

      The same goes for other stuff like Resident Evil 4.... and... other games... tons.... I just can't name any right now.

      Chronus works exactly like I think backing up stuff should, but Apple needs to step in and do things the right way.

      tim
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Can't wait for the iPad 2 and next gen iPhone (5) or whatever they are going to call it.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      Ok I'm getting really upset - why the heck has Apple not addressed the most obvious 2 updates that the iDevices need:

      1. A PSP type saved game feature where saves can be backed up and restored via iTunes - like Chronus but official
      2. A free turn by turn Google maps app like the Androids have. I love my phone, but when I have a buddy in the car that owns an Android, he/she is the one giving the directions.

      tim
      I got tired of waiting and bought the app Motion X. It is $0.99 and blows the major GPS players out of the water. You have to pay for the voice feature after 1 month of use, but the GUI is sweet and the directions are flawless.
    1. SONY007's Avatar
      SONY007 -
      where can this iOS 4.3 be d/l from, I can't find it available anywhere, as I heard it can be JB, and as I'm on 4.2.1 this waiting game is killing me!
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SONY007 View Post
      where can this iOS 4.3 be d/l from, I can't find it available anywhere, as I heard it can be JB, and as I'm on 4.2.1 this waiting game is killing me!
      Its only available to developers, if your not a developer its pirating. Stay away until official release. Plus its a Beta, not everything is going to work and it will probably be extremely buggy if you were able to JB the beta. my 2 cents.
    1. Forgoten Dynasty's Avatar
      Forgoten Dynasty -
      Location spoofer to the rescue
    1. aidanski's Avatar
      aidanski -
      Quote Originally Posted by Christian Bale View Post
      Thank god all the girls I date don't have iPhones.
      Ha best (relevant) post ever!
    1. Cdaniels0's Avatar
      Cdaniels0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Christian Bale View Post
      Thank god all the girls I date don't have iPhones.
      Hahaha.