Will Apple iOS 4.3 Power The iPad 2?

Apple finalised the code for the iOS 4.3 yesterday, meaning that this version is likely to be available on the new iPad 2 when it is unveiled next week in San Francisco with a full roll out coming weeks later.

Jonathan Geller from BGR claims that one of its sources confirmed that build 8F190 will be the Gold Master code and may bring the GSM and CDMA version of the iPhone 4 together.

iOS 4.3 Beta 3 came out at the beginning of the month and amongst other things will introduce a new "find my friends" feature which many say may be the corner stone for the company's social networking project (ed : not Ping).

There's also the personal hotspot which will allow you to share the phone's 3G connection with other devices via Wi-Fi, a feature that has been available for a few months to Android users via the Froyo update.

Operators are likely to have their say on whether this particular feature will be available or not on existing iPhones; expect it to be available for a fee, just as it is the case for tethering.

Another key feature that will be launched on the iOS 4.3 will be the ability for non-Apple applications to use the newly announced AirPlay wireless streaming technology which should lead to some interesting innovations.

Note that both the iPhone and the iPhone 3G won't get iOS 4.3; Apple has confirmed that the iPad, the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3GS, the iPod Touch 3G and 4G will be the only ones getting it.