iOS 4.3 Golden Master Nearing Release

It’s been quite some time since the first iOS 4.3 beta was made available to eager testers, and many expected the Golden Master (the version right before official release when the software is feature-complete) to have arrived by now. According to BGR though, the wait might be almost over.

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The Apple rumor site claims that iOS 4.3 GM will arrive with testers during the next Apple media event, which happens to be the expected iPad 2 announcement next week.

One of our Apple sources has just informed us that it looks like Apple has finalized the code for its upcoming iOS 4.3 release. The build, we’re told, is 8F190 for those keeping track.

So what can you expect when iOS 4.3 finally finds its way onto an iDevice near you? The main feature that we’ve all been crying out for is the Personal Hotspot. Now, users can create their own WiFi bubble – basically turning an iPhone into a MiFi device. It’s a feature Android users have been crowing about for some time now, and it’s good to see iOS is finally going to achieve parity here.

Another much-requested feature is the option to select just what the iPad’s rotation/lock switch does. Ever since the rotation lock was changed to a mute switch in an earlier release of the OS, there has been uproar. Much to everyone’s surprise though it seems someone at Apple was indeed paying attention – now users will have the option to choose what the switch does.

Past those two main features there isn’t a great deal to get excited about. Yes Airplay can now be used with 3rd party apps and websites, but that’s really something that should have been there since day-one!

Could iOS 4.3 be the software the iPad 2 will ship with, or could Apple just skip the version number all-together and jump to 5.0?

Anything’s possible with Apple!

{via BGR}

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Oliver HaslamiOS 4.3 Golden Master Nearing Release

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