Apple Makes iOS 4.3 Update Available

Apple has rolled out the iOS 4.3 update for iPhone, iPod and iPad devices two days before the US launch of the iPad 2.

The OS, which was released to developers last month, brings an assortment of new features and apps to iOS devices, including in-app AirPlay support, Wi-Fi hotspot capability for smartphones, video streaming via AirPlay, iTunes Home Sharing feature and improved JavaScript on Safari.

iOS 4.3, which was unveiled during the launch of iPad 2, will not be available for iPhone 3G users, Apple has said. This is the first time that Apple is leaving the device out from a major software update. The original iPhone along with the first and second generation iPod Touch model won't be eligible for the update either.

Apart from the Wi-Fi Hotspot feature, which is already being offered by Verizon for iPhone 4, another iOS 4.3 feature that stands out is the iTunes Home Sharing feature which allows users to stream media content stored on their iTunes from PCs and Macs sharing the same Wi-Fi network.

Apple has also released a software update for the latest Apple TV device, which will come with Major League Baseball's MLB.TV streaming service and National Basketball Association's League Pass, allowing users to stream games directly to their TVs.