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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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.