Category: Smartphones


Apple releases iOS 4.3 Beta

It’s finally here! Apple has just released a beta version of iOS 4.3, the newest operating system update for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad! However, it is only available for developers.

There are several new features including the personal hotspot (which I wrote about before), multi-touch gestures for iPad, and customizable messaging alerts. Also, the button to lock your iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone can now be customized with iOS 4.3.

Also, users now have the option to play their text and MMS message alerts once, twice, three, five, or ten times, which gives them more control over how they are informed. Developers can also use the new AVFoundation APIs for HTTP Live Streaming Statistics. This allows them to track information about their content, like how many people are watching their videos, how long they are watching them, and how well the ads in the videos are doing.

The only two products that are not compatible with the new iOS 4.3 are the second-generation iPod Touch and the iPhone 3G.

Please comment below with what you think about this! Do you like the new operating system, and are you looking forward to it coming out in a stable release?

Apple releases iOS 4.3 beta | Crave – CNET.

Changewave released the result of a survey of 2,050 U.S. wireless customers on Thursday. This survey was conducted a week before Verizon’s announcement on Tuesday that the iPhone will be available from Verizon starting February 10.

Of the AT&T customers who were surveyed, a whopping 16% of them said that they would switch to Verizon if they started offering the iPhone! Even not counting the iPhone, 15% of AT&T customers said that they would switch wireless providers anyways in the next 90 days!

To compare, only 4% of Verizon customers said that they planned to switch carriers in the next 3 months. They have the lowest percentage as 10% of Sprint customers said they planned to switch and 15% for T-Mobile.

Of the customers who said they planned to switch from AT&T, 42% said that it was because of poor reception and/or coverage. 27% said they wanted to switch because of dropped calls, and only 17% said that they were switching because of the cost of the service.

AppleInsider | 16% of AT&T customers plan to switch to Verizon for Apple’s iPhone – survey.

Tethering Enabled For All iPhones

All iPhones will have the Personal Hotspot, or tethering, capability similar to what Verizon announced yesterday for its iPhone that will be released Feb. 10.

This will enable the iPhone to create a wireless hotspot and allow five other devices to connect using the iPhone. This ability will come after the update to iOS version 4.3 according to a posting in Boy Genius Report.

They could not, however, contact Apple officials to confirm this statement, but Boy Genius Report relied on an unnamed source to confirm the statement that iPhones running iOS 4.3 will be able to use Personal Hotspot.

The technical acceptance of Personal Hotspot is set for March, so Verizon will have at least a month’s head start over other carriers, such as AT&T.

All iPhones reported to get Personal Hotspot with iOS v. 4.3 – Computerworld.

Verizon’s Announcement

Verizon has finally announced that it will be carrying the iPhone 4 starting this year! This highly anticipated announcement was covered by several sites, including Gizmodo, ArsTechnica, and Wired. It is expected that with this announcement, Apple will get around 4 million new users!

However, by some, this isn’t considered big news because to get the unlimited data plan that will be offered, people have to sign a two-year contract. This is bad news to some because in June, Apple will probably come out with a newer version of the iPhone anyways, so I suggest to just wait a few months.

Check out my other posts about this topic too! Thanks and don’t forget to comment with your thoughts!

Verizon iPhone Announcement

Remember that article about the iPhone coming to Verizon? Well the day is finally here! Tomorrow, at 11AM Easter time, Verizon will be hosting a press conference announcing something. The most probable being its announcement that it will be carrying the iPhone 4 this year.

Several sites will be covering this national event such as Gizmodo (linked at the bottom), ArsTechnica, and Wired. Check these sites out and be sure to comment about the announcement!

Verizon iPhone Announcement Meta Live Coverage Tomorrow at 11AM EST.

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