iOS 4.3.1 jailbreak is out – What a snowy spring day…

Everyone including the rumoured Apple spy in the Dev-Team has has played the April Fool. On April 1st, the news that an untethered jailbreak was out for all A4 devices, shook the internet. Naturally, i0n1c was having a laugh when he tweeted a link to a supposed archive containing the long sought-for JB package. The catch? A 30-symbol pass code that inquiring minds had to break.

However, there was a piece of truth to that joke as well. Confirmed by MuscleNerd, i0n1c has meanwhile turned over a true exploit in iOS 4.3.1 to the Dev-Team who have just integrated it into the existing Pwn tool set that can set your A4 Jesus device free!

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iOS 4.3 Now Available

The new iOS 4.3 update is now available via iTunes and will work on the iPhone 3GS/4, iPod Touch 3rd/4th gen and the iPad. This latest update brings about faster safari performance, WiFi hotspot, Home Sharing and more. To grab iOS 4.3, simply plug the iDevice into your computer and navigate to the device’s Summary tab. Under “Version”, click on the Update button. Voilà! (Note, you may have to click it twice for it to go through).

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to download the latest version of iTunes (10.2.1), which is needed to make use of certain iOS 4.3 features.

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iOS 4.3 Set to Arrive on March 11th

Along with the announcement of the iPad 2 earlier today, Steve Jobs also introduced the next version of the iOS. Set to be released on the same day as the iPad 2 launch, iOS 4.3 will bring forth several enhancements, some of which will undoubtedly be welcomed with open arms by iDevice users. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect:

  • Improved Safari Performance - Debut of the new Nitro JavaScript engine that will power Safari. Promises to run JavaScript up to twice as fast than on iOS 4.2
  • iTunes Home Sharing – Easily the most sought after feature in new OS. Users will soon be able to play their entire iTunes library (music, movies, tv shows, podcasts etc) over the same Wi-Fi network. As long as it’s on your Mac or PC, you’ll be able to stream content to your iPod Touch, iPod or iPad.
  • iPad Side Switch - Ability to set switch on side of iPad to either lock screen rotation or mute the volume. Good for users to have a choice as to what function the switch performs.
  • Personal Hotspot for iPhone 4 - First seen with the launch of the Verizon iPhone 4, users will be able to turn their iPhone into a Wi-Fi hotspot using 3G connection. You can share it with up to 5 devices at once over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB.
  • AirPlay Enhancements - In addition to streaming music, movies and photos from iDevice to Apple TV, 4.3 will allow additional content (including video) from 3rd party apps (along with Apple’s own Photos app) and websites to be streamed.

The full press release of the iOS 4.3 announcement can be found below.

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iOS 4.3 Beta Released – Wi-Fi Hotspot and more new features

While the recent announcement of the long-awaited Verizon iPhone 4 may be a big deal for some many of our US readers, the same can’t be said for iDevice users in other parts of the world. What IS much more exciting for the rest of us is the following announcement of the upcoming new version of the iOS, one that will bring quite a few new features and is set to debut on the Verizon iPhone 4 – iOS 4.3.

The most hyped feature, of course, will be the answer to the widely advertised Android one – Wi-Fi Hotspot for up to 5 devices. At first, the fact whether this feature would be exclusive to Verizon was debated, but the recent release of the 4.3 beta to developers has confirmed that it will be indeed available on all carriers willing to support it.

Before I continue down the list, an interesting note is that the latest beta does NOT support 2G devices (iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G). Whether this will mean that they will be left out in the cold altogether or just for the time being remains to be seen, but considering that almost all new features from iOS 4.1 onwards are not available for the oldies, it may not have much of an impact.

More features, including the much desired ability to select the iPad lock/mute switch functionality, after the gap.

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