The iOS4.3 Beta 2 Firmware Will Ship Some Interesting Features to your iDevice!
When the first beta of the iOS 4.3 firmware was released, we told you that with this new beta firmware, would come multitouch gesture support for the iPad. Now just a couple days after the release of the iOS 4.3 beta 2 firmware, it even looks like the iPod Touch/iPhone will receive MultiTouch Gestures. You see, thanks to BoyGeniusReport, who have some how managed to get their hands on some screenshots from an test iPhone in Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino; we now have proof that multitouch gestures will be coming to the iPod Touch/iPhone.
Now I know to a lot of you this will probably not be surprising, but it is nice that we finally have some proof of MultiTouch gestures on the iPod Touch/iPhone. The surprising fact about multitouch gestures coming the such a small screen, compared to that of the iPad however, is that the same amount of fingers applies to gestures on both iDevices. Which in my opinion, is not a very well thought out idea by Apple, because not everyone has the same sized fingers. Meaning sliding 4-5 fingers across such a small screen could prove to be a difficult task for certain individuals…
Regardless of the fact that Apple will need to improve multitouch gestures on the iPod Touch and iPhone, this new addition of multitouch gestures could mean some interesting things for the iPhone 5 coming this June. Who knows… maybe the new iPhone 5 will not even feature a home button, and may run purely through multitouch gestures. It could even contain a larger screen, if Apple was seriously considering this design.
Besides the addition to MultiTouch gestures, the iOS4.3 beta 2 firmware has been reported to include new social networking notifications, for Apple’s alleged social network “Ping”. So if you have always wanted the inside scoop on what your favorite musicians as doing, this will be a feature for you to look forward to.
If you are not such a “Ping” person, the new iOS 4.3 beta 2 firmware has also been reported to include Photo Stream Cloud Sharing functionality, that will upload and store the last thirty days of your photos on MobileMe, it will then even download them to all of your iDevices. AppleInsider further goes on to saying:
Apple previously offered a feature in iPhoto called photocasting, which allowed users to share an album with friends via an email link. Once shared, the album would appear in their iPhoto source list and stay updated (as new photos were added) via an RSS feed, similar to a podcast. That feature was replaced by MobileMe Gallery, an online “cloud” service that stores selected photos on Apple’s servers, for open or password-protected access by other users. MobileMe Gallery also supports movie sharing. The new Photo Stream feature appears to make MobileMe Gallery sharing automatic, apparently enabling users to automatically share all their photos as they take them Once in the user’s MobileMe Gallery, they can be made available publicly or to select friends and family just like the existing MobileMe Gallery. It appears the feature will also allow a user to keep his or her own devices synced via the cloud, so that recent pictures snapped by an iPhone would also appear on the user’s iPad, for example.
As you can see, a lot of cool new features will be coming with the iOS4.3 firmware, and one can only hope that it will be jailbroken (untethered) faster than the iOS 4.2.1 firmware. What are your thoughts on these new iOS4.3 beta 2 features?