Apple Releases iOS 4.3—A Hands-on Review of the New Features
Two days before the release of the iPad 2, Apple allowed those with iPods (3rd and 4th gen), iPhones (3GS and 4 GSM), and first-generation iPads to upgrade the OS to experience the new features as revealed during last week's keynote presentation. So, what do new iPad 2 users have to look forward to, and will the updated OS bring new life to existing devices? A first day's report and reflection follows below.
After the usually grueling software extraction and update process (those looking to bypass the infinitely long backup phase, read here), I was up and running with iOS 4.3 in under 30 minutes.
iTunes Home Sharing - With a 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad, I don't have much space to play with. Apps and photos get priority, leaving music and videos stuck on my computer and iPod. With the introduction of Home Sharing on the iPad, I can now listen to any song and watch any video without having to pick and choose what to sync and without sacrificing precious tablet space. Of course, the catch lies in the word "Home". Those looking to stream items when off of their home network will need to look elsewhere or wait for the rumored streaming service sure to be in development at Apple.