iOS 4.3 Beta Goes Live With Host Of New Features

Apple has released the new iOS 4.3 beta during the night and the new build, which will almost certainly be available on the next iPad tablet, brings a number of interesting new features.

The first one is Airplay which allows your portable device to stream video from an app to a TV using new Media Player APIs that support AirPlay video.

You will need a second generation Apple TV for it to work. There's also a number of new gestures for the iPad using four and five fingers, particularly useful for the device's large surface area.

Some developers have reported though that they don't work properly though. Apple also introduced iAD full screen banners which it says will grab the attention of users by taking "advantage of the large screen of the iPad".

As expected, personal hotspot is available and will be enabled by the service provider either for free or a fee.

Hardware rotation lock also makes a comeback in the new build, allowing uses to change the rotation lock into a mute switch.

Other changes include a redesigned settings panel, a new font, new redesigned keyboard, new camera effects and a new Facetime icon. Below is a video of multi-touch gestures for the iPad.