Is iOS 4.3 Just Weeks Away?
With iOS 4.2 only a few days old, speculation has already turned to iOS 4.3: specifically, the possibility that we'll see upgraded firmware as soon as mid-December. MacStories is reporting that 4.3 will drop in a few weeks
, with bug fixes and an API for app subscriptions to support the new "iPad newspaper" called The Daily.
As we know, iOS 4.2 took longer than Apple had expected
: when the WiFi bug in the 4.2 golden master was found, they had to go back to the lab to roll out the 4.2.1 version that was released on Monday. According to MacStories, 4.2 was supposed to be out in the early part of November, preparing the way for 4.3 on all devices that would be able to support billing for apps that you subscribe to, rather than pay for once and download.
As Michael reported on Tuesday
, Apple is planning a media event on December 9th that most observers expect will be the rollout for the Daily
app. Apple and the News Corporation have been reported to be working for months in secret on the new app, which will be a video-rich news publication
. The Daily
has been described as "the world's first 'newspaper' designed exclusively for the iPad." Subscribers will pay 99¢ per week for updated news that will be downloaded in the background.
MacStories also speculated that iOS 4.3 would include some bug fixes and other maintenance code, possibly including improved support for AirPlay with third-party apps.