iOS 4.3 hasn't been publicly released yet, but Apple is already approving apps with direct support for the updated version in the App Store. TIPB spotted StreamToMe v3.5 [iTunes link] had been approved, complete with "support for AirPlay video (requires iOS 4.3), seemingly a sign that Apple is looking to push out the new iOS version sooner rather than later.
Continued digging through the latest iOS SDK has thrown up some more potential details about the iPad 2's expected dual cameras, and it's bad news if you wanted to use your Apple slate as an unwieldy replacement for your point-and-shoot. According to 9 to 5 Mac's discovery, the iPad 2's rear camera is listed at a mere 1-megapixel resolution, something that prompts them to suggest it's actually the same unit as on the fourth-gen iPod touch.
FaceTime, Camera and PhotoBooth apps aren't the only thing the new preview image of the iPad in iOS 4.3 Beta 2 is giving away; the thumbnail has also prompted speculation that Apple could officially announce the second-generation tablet on February 9 2011. Eagle-eyed Florian Schimanke spotted that the calendar icon in the new graphic shows February 9; all well and good, until you remember that the previous graphic showed January 27, the date the first iPad was officially unveiled.
Multitouch gestures have been spotted in the iOS 4.3 Beta 1 release, with BGR's sources sending in evidence of internal settings pages that suggest the iPhone will also get the gesture support, not just the iPad. Meanwhile Antoni Nygaard has managed to get the functionality working on his iPhone 3GS, and caught the whole thing on video.
Video demo after the cut
A new set of icons in iOS 4.3 Beta 2 have seemingly confirmed that the second-gen iPad will have a front-facing camera. Icons for FaceTime, the Camera app and PhotoBooth have all been spotted in a preview graphic for iPad wallpaper selection, with the three new images recognizable from the iPhone and OS X.
It's been only a week since Apple unveiled the initial Beta release for iOS 4.3, but the Cupertino-based company keeps moving right along. They've just released the second Beta for the latest version of their mobile Operating System (OS), and if it's anything like the first Beta, the second version will probably hide a few key surprises to keep us tantalized for the final, official release.
The iPhone Dev Team has confirmed that they will not be distributing an iPhone unlock tool until iOS 4.2.5 and iOS 4.3 are released by Apple. According to team member MuscleNerd, "it's silly to release anything during Apple betas" because "most people can't take advantage." Apple released the iOS 4.3 beta to developers earlier this week, and already various improvements to the platform have been spotted in amongst the code.
Apple's iOS 4.3 beta and its multitouch gesture support are the first step in removing the home button from the iPhone and iPad, according to new sources. As several commenters suggested to us, and as BGR has apparently had confirmed by an Apple source, the gesture addition is designed to allow the company to do away with the physical button, instead returning to the homescreen or calling up the app switcher with multitouch swipes. Meanwhile, there's talk of new apps and location-based services coming to the platform.
Earlier this morning, there was a confirmation that the mobile hotspot feature, which the Verizon iPhone 4 has already installed, would be made available to all iPhone 4s in the wild, once iOS 4.3 landed in the future. Apple has made iOS 4.3 one step closer to reality, by releasing the first official build for developers, courtesy of their developer portal on Apple's website.