The iPad shaped the consumer tablet market. Now, just as Android 3.0 Honeycomb slates are rising to the challenge, the iPad 2 is here to move Apple's game on even further. Squeezing a faster processor, boosted graphics and twin cameras into a 33-percent thinner design, yet keeping the same 10hr battery and - perhaps most importantly - the same price, the iPad 2 promises to refine what rivals were still struggling to beat. Is the Apple iPad 2 the best tablet today? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
So like everyone else in the Apple universe, we had to download the iOS 4.3 update today AS FAST as POSSIBLE, and you know good and well what the next step is: benchmarks! Thustly we whipped out our SunSpider Browser Benchmarking webpages and our cool Geekbench apps and we're ready and more than excited to bring you the results. Would you like to know more?
This is the real one, not the beta, not the beta after the beta. Apple has today, just a few moments ago, released iOS 4.3, the newest operating system for its mobile line of devices. This update was said to have been slated for Friday, March 11, 2011, right alongside the release of the iPad 2, but it turns out they've decided to slip this newness out the gate a tiny bit early - perhaps to stir the masses?
Could iOS 4.3 be landing earlier than expected? Steve Jobs announced that the updated OS would arrive on Friday, March 11, alongside the new iPad 2, but a new rumor has pegged it for release today. BGR's source - who also had some interesting tidbits to share about the iPhone 4 mobile hotspot situation - claims iOS 4.3 will in fact be released at 10AM PT today.
It looks like the faithful are staking out their prime positions outside an Apple Store in Dallas. A picture showing a tent, set up on McKinney Avenue, just outside the Dallas Apple store is clear evidence that Apple's desire to have lines for the iPad 2 is working. Apple announced last week that there wouldn't be preorders for the new iPad and that the new tablet would be available in stores and online starting this Friday, March 11th, at 5pm. The McKinney avenue location is a temporary storefront while the Knox Street Apple store is undergoing a face lift. But can there really be a line of one?
Apple failed to announce the cloud-streaming iTunes update we expected as part of broad-ranging MobileMe updates at its iPad 2 event earlier this week, concentrating instead on the updated tablet, iOS 4.3 and its new apps. According to new leaks, however, a deal is in the works to allow for more universal access to music from a single iTunes account on multiple devices, expected to reach fruition by midyear.
AT&T has confirmed that it will begin supporting the Personal Hotspot feature with the launch of iOS 4.3 on March 11. Users who have the $25 a month DataPro plan which allows for 2 GB of usage, plus the $20 a month tethering add-on will get the update automatically when the update pushes out on the 11th. Users with earlier versions of the iPhone will not be able to use the feature. Verizon's iPhone shipped with the feature, so AT&T has been quick to offer it as well.
iOS 4.3 isn't expected until March 11, but Apple has already pushed out an updated version of iTunes to handle synchronization with devices running the new platform. iTunes 10.2 not only adds sync support for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch units running iOS 4.3, but updates the Home Sharing support on Macs and PCs.