At today’s iPad 2 media event, solid details were revealed about the upcoming iOS 4.3 release.

Unsurprisingly, iOS 4.3 will make its debut on the same day that the iPad 2 is officially available for sale; March 11th.

What’s interesting is that one notable Apple product in particular was left out of the iOS 4.3 goodness — the CDMA based Verizon iPhone 4

The slide presentation at Apple’s media event noted specifically that the iPhone’s 4.3 release was for GSM only.

This could mean that the firmware releases for the Verizon iPhone will always be asymmetrical when compared to the GSM iPhone firmware releases.

The good news for Verizon users is that you already have one of the big features being touted for iOS 4.3 — personal hotspot. The bad news is that you don’t get all of the other features that Apple’s thrown in.

Here are some of the things that we can expect from iOS 4.3:

AirPlay Enhancements

Get even more play out of AirPlay — the wireless technology that lets you stream content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your HDTV via Apple TV.1 In addition to music, movies, and photos, AirPlay now streams video from your Photos app. So you can shoot a home video and instantly share it with everyone in the room. Even AirPlay-enabled apps and websites get the big-screen treatment with iOS 4.3. And if your photos are the feature presentation, you can play a slideshow with all the stunning themes available on Apple TV.

Safari Performance

As you surf the web, your fingers will love the responsiveness of the new Nitro JavaScript engine powering Safari. It runs JavaScript up to twice as fast as in iOS 4.2.2Which means you get more speed behind each page load. And sites with lots of interactive features can appear on your screen even faster.

iTunes Home Sharing

Now you can play your entire iTunes library from anywhere in the house. If it’s on your Mac or PC, you can play it on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch over a shared Wi-Fi network.3 And not just music. Watch a movie or TV show. Play a podcast. Or listen to an audiobook. On whichever device you want — without having to download or sync.

Personal Hotspot for iPhone 4

On the road, in an airport, at the park — now you can bring Wi-Fi with you wherever you go. Download iOS 4.3 on your iPhone 4, and the next time you find yourself without access to Wi-Fi but in 3G territory, enable Personal Hotspot and share your cellular data connection with your Mac, PC, iPad, or other Wi-Fi-capable device. You can share your connection with up to five devices at once over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB — with up to three of those connections using Wi-Fi.4 Every connection is password protected and secure. And it’s power friendly, too. iPhone detects when your Personal Hotspot is no longer in use and turns it off to save battery life.

All that’s good and all, but the real news is that we will likely see an unlock for the iPhone 4 shortly after iOS 4.3 is released.

Are you happy that we finally have a release date?

  • RubberShoes

    I was so excited for a release today

    [sigh]

    but yes, very happy with a final release date

  • aasif

    which ios gsm devices does it support?

    • Burge

      3GS , i4

  • Mitch

    Any idea if video mirroring is in the works for the iPhone 4? It looks really cool.

    • nicolas

      i hope so … with all the facetime and skype video calls it will be amazing to do video mirroring of ur screen on iphone 4

    • Wondering

      No. Sadly Mirroring is only supported by the iPad 2!
      Why does Apple this to us? We can mirror already with DisplayOut so it’s not true the iPad 1, iPhone and iPod touch are not able to do it…

      • Jason Masters

        What’s display out is that in cydia?

  • iXanczy

    Yess, for sure I am happy to have a release date. But I will have to wait until may 25 before it will be released.
    Go APPLE Go IPAD Go IOS

    • iXanczy

      ^^ In my country.

  • Do the current JBs work on 4.3?

    • Burge

      No …that would have been patched by apple

  • SillyBear

    MyWi jailbreak app just got hosed.

    GG apple, keep on copying the jailbreak community. They keep innovating, apple keeps stealing. I never actually stopped to think about how beneficial the jailbreak community is to apple.

    • I find it strange that considering how many jailbreak apps Apple has adopted, they have not done so with the probably most useful and used jailbreak app out there, SBSettings.

      • Selcuk

        Agreed!!

  • Jenn

    I’m giggling at all the people who have a CDMA iphone

  • Rif

    hah.. im lucky to have GSM iPhone 4 😀 but pretty bad that iOS 4.3 is coming on March 11th, but good is that it’s sure that it will come and unlock also ;D i can wait for 9 days more 😀

  • javierE186

    I do not think we will have a jailbreak or unlock for 4.3, i say this because the Dev Team ans others might say they are waiting for everyone to get 4.3. I really hope that won’t happen because we have been waiting for months (7-8 of them) :'(

  • Andy

    Do you think the personal hotspot feature will be a free service, or still extra on your ATT bill? If it’s paid, I think MyWi still has a shot.

  • George

    With this update, I don’t see anything that makes it necessary for me, particulary a hotspot that as an additional usage charge associated with it. With two versions of the iPhone – GSM and CMDA – do Jailbreaks have to be different, or is that just the radio?

    • George

      OK – so it’s actually CDMA as in Code Division Multiple Access

  • Capri Sun

    So hotspot is only compatible with iPhone 4? No 3GS?

    • Burge

      At the mo no….jailbreak might just have though ….lol…

  • Agentk98

    A german hacker has an untethered unlock waiting already from what i recall. I can imagine the excitement of all those i4 owners waiting for an unlock. I’ve only been waiting a few weeks and it’s unnerving. Those who think that one never was available, it has been for a while now. As the DevTeam mentioned, only after 4.3 comes out will they release it.

  • Agentk98

    A german hacker has an untethered unlock waiting already from what i recall. I can imagine the excitement of all those i4 owners waiting for an unlock. I’ve only been waiting a few weeks and it’s unnerving.

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