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Apple has released the free iOS 4.3 update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, goosing Safari's JavaScript performance, adding a handful of new features (not available on all models), and providing a flurry of security updates, all two days before it's set to appear on the iPad 2. Cupertino also rolled out Xcode 4, the latest …

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Anonymous Coward

WiFi Enhancements?

Basically they fixed what they broke with the 4.2.1 update, it seems. My iPad has been a nightmare on my WiFi network since the very minute I did the 4.2.1 update. Dropped connection, slow speeds and taking ages to connect to anything. Apple have never acknowledged the issue, and so many people seemed to experience it, I am amazed that The Register didn't pick up on it.

Happy to say that 4.3 has fixed the issue that never was.

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Fixed battery drain

This update seems to have also fixed the battery drain issues I've been having on my 3rd Gen Ipod Touch since it was upgraded to 4.1. If I left Wi-Fi on it would drain completely overnight. It was becoming quite a pain to turn it on every time I wanted to use it, then off again as soon as I'd finished.

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2 hours to download!

.. hotspot not really working ( I can do a traceroute from the wifi tethered device though) will tinker with it some more. Would have been really nice if:

1) it can also share a wifi connection (wtf4? nothing just nice to have mainly for testing some stuff).

2) there's a tool where we can easily change the 3g ie carrier connection default DNS settings. Carriers tend to run flaky DNS.

on the otherhand, 4.3 does seem to make the iphone run faster.

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6 minutes download, another 5 or so to upgrade...

Sun Spider total with 4.2.1 - 8325ms; with 4.3 - 3225ms.

(on my three and a half year old ThinkPAD T61p Opera 11.01 gives me 376ms...).

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Not bad benchmarks...

I (just for giggles) ran the spider on my standard HTC Desire Z running Android 2.2.1

Standard browser: 7362.5ms +/- 2.5%

Unfortunately neither Opera Mobile of Firefox4 beta on the phone can run it.

It will be interesting to compare the results when HTC release the gingerbread update.

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sunspider on gingerbread

I updated the iPad to 4.3 without problems, didn't notice *any* difference I must say.

luckily as my OTA Gingerbread popped up this week I can give a webkit.org sunspider0.9.1 result for my HTC Nexus One on Android 2.3.3 build GRI40

Standard Browser 5304.9ms +/- 0.6%

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Original Desire w/Android 2.2

5744.4ms +/- 2.8%

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Original Desire on CyanogenMod

Just because I was curious, very similar to stock 2.2:

5712.6ms +/- 4.2%

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Hmmm

I'm feeling decidedly slow all of a sudden!

Maybe I should do a reset, turn off lookout and give it another go.

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Good

Home sharing is my favourite feature, and it works well. AirPlay has promise, though I'm waiting for it to be supported by macs (Lion?)

Google reader seems quite a bit faster with the safari improvements.

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Why wait?

DNLA does it all already and isn't limited to Apple hardware.

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WTF

"Xcode was previously free, by the way, bundled with Mac OS X installer discs or downloadable. But as we've said many time, Apple has never met a revenue stream it didn't like – like most companies."

Register a free developer account and you can still download Xcode for free. Never let journalistic integrity get in the way of a good snarky comment, eh? No doubt we'll see the usual rabid anti-Apple brigade along shortly to heap yet more ill-informed vitriol on the head of Jobs.

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Check the details

XCode 3 is free; however, the latest and greatest, XCode 4, is not. You either pay the $5 toll or sign up for the $99 per year plan. Maybe if you're going to have a snarky comment, perhaps you should research your opinion. Stop sign because it needs to.

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Using my free developer account...

"Hi James,

You must be an iOS or Mac Developer Program member to download Xcode 4 or you can purchase Xcode 4 from the Mac App Store."

Being part of either of these developer programs will cost me $99 so the article stands.

But never let blah blah bah facts bah blah.

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To clarify

The revenue stream in question consists of users too lazy and/or stupid to create a developer account. I fail to see the problem with taking economic advantage of these people.

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Fail back

Have you got a free Apple Developer account? I do, but you need to be paid developer to get Xcode 4 for free, just as you had to be to download the Xcode 4 preview beta.

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@ Free?

No, the developer programs are $99/yr, which isn't a LOT, but it's definitely *NOT* Free!

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Charging money for tools

Most phone OS tools are free - Windows Phone (& Visual Studio Express) are free, QT developer is free, Eclipse + Android SDK is free, WebOS SDK is free ... Apple SDK costs $$$.

In the middle of a phone OS war you should be throwing dev tools around like candy.

In the short term it probably makes no difference since Apple is sitting on top, but the world is changing fast. Charging money for tools which already require a huge outlay on a Mac is a great way to alienate curious developers and students. WP7 is almost as bad because the tools don't work on XP but at least it's free.

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@Charging money for tools

@DrXym,

Your point is valid, but the curious developer and student can still download XCode 3 for free with just a free registration as an Apple Developer. The serious developer is required to pay for the latest version, but casual ones do not.

-dZ.

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XCode and iOS

Even though you could get xcode 3X for free, you still need to hand over $99 for the iOS sdk to develop for iWhatever(tm) devices.

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re: Charging money for tools

valid point, but it seems where Apple goes, the others follow, so for how long with the dev tools for other systems remain free?

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Not the first time

Microsoft did the same, they used to offer free smartphone dev tools and then withdrew them only to re-instate them later on.

Building dev tools costs money and takes time. It's always going to be a bit of a tricky decision for any company to give them away. On the one hand it can limit developer access to the tools, on the other hand it can bring in revenue to improve the tools. You can argue only serious developers would bother with the tools anyway?

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Wrong

You can develop and test on the simulator for free. It is only when you want to test on the target device that you need a full blown account.

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You are right, I'm wrong

You are right! When I first looked at getting into iphone development I could not find anywhere on apples sight to get xcode+ios sdk without joining the programme, should have looked harder :-(

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Title

Fricking useless upgrade. Tried homesharing, didn't work, but wasn't running iTunes on the pc, so maybe that was why, haven't bothered troubleshooting yet since I use an app that streams any type film from pc to iPad without requiring iTunes at all (iTunes is an abomination that should be terminated with extreme prejudice on the pc), and most of my music's already on my HTC. I'm guessing homeshare is aimed more at the Apple multiple kit owning customers (I'm assuming having iTunes running all the time on a mac doesn't bring the system to its knees - kind'a like Flash does to the Mac...

Flash still not working, nor WebGL, so less and less of the Internet available.

Don't get me wrong, still loving my iPad, but hating Apple (and by extension Steve Jobs) more and more for consciously crippling what should (and could) be the best web surfing tablet on the market.

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iTunes isn't evil

Yes - you'd be right in thinking you have to run itunes to be able to share from it.

From Apple: "Home Sharing in iTunes is designed to let you stream and transfer music, videos, and more with up to five other computers on your local network."

iTunes doesn't do anything nasty to my Windows 7 PC. It used to - maybe a few years ago - but nothing now. It just works (tm)

Flash isn't meant to work, so why would it? Nor webgl? At least stick to moaning about stuff that's supposed to be in the update.

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Sorry?

"Fricking useless upgrade. Tried homesharing, didn't work, but wasn't running iTunes on the pc, so maybe that was why"

????

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jai
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Found your problem

"on the pc"

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Details incorrect

The update does not include the iPhone 3G, and the hotspot feature is only functional for the iPhone 4.

http://www.apple.com/ios/

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I want to listen to my music again

Hopefully they've fixed the car stereo compatibility problems introduced in 4.0

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Rotation lock switch

is what I'm most pleased about. Using it as mute was pointless given there is a volume rocker right next to it.

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WTF?

less than stellar cameras and video streams?

1) Nothing wrong with the cameras

2) video streams have nothing to do with iOS devices

3) Airplay can be used with any films added to your device either purchased from iTunes or own mp4 files.

4) Third party apps such as Air Video support AirPlay so you can stream any video from your PC/Mac/Linux box to an AppleTV via your iPhone/iPad/iPod.

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why no wifi hotspot for 3gs

I really find the decision not to provide 3gs users the wifi hotspot a serious fail ... the much touted 4.3 is basically meaningless for 3gs users.... a few bug fixes and some slight speed improvement..but clearly aimed at pushing 3gs users to buy new phones.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/fail_32.png

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Pointless title, which must contain letters and/or digits.

If you want to turn your 3GS into a wireless access point, then MyWi is what you need. But it's murder on the battery.

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Bug Fixes

... are not listed on the site - just "Bug Fixes" !

If it means my 3GS will allow me to make a call longer than 10 mins, it'll be worth it !

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@James Greenhalgh

Ummm have free acount and downloaded xcode 4 , did not pay anything , so ummm facts blah blah blah

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Details

Could you point me to where you found it? I've logged in with my developer account to

http://developer.apple.com/xcode/index.php

Where I am met with the message posted above.

Is there an alternate (legal) source? I would be surprised.

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ex-Paid developers only?

Just log in and it is there under iOS. Perhaps it only appears to those who have paid for developer access in the past?

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ooh

If that's the case I'm gonna get straight on there before they realise.

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Unhappy

Don't think so.

I was a paid developer last year. Did you try clicking through to the download link? It took me back to the same page I was seeing earlier.

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Antennagate?

>Due to Antennagate, we're waiting for iPhone 5.

This is, of course, trolling. Please say it's trolling, otherwise I'll have to conclude you believe what you read on the net.

The bridgeable external antennae are, of course, a stupid mistake on Apple's part (that is to say, His Jobsness's part). But the Consumer Reports article that was the first grown-up account of the problem also pointed out that most of the time, the wireless reception of the 4 was better than any previous iPhone.

Upgrading every alternate generation is a pretty good strategy (I went from 3G to 4, and only really because my key app got "upgraded" and broke on the 3G), but please, please, the antennagate thing is just part of the troll-the-Apple-users-to-get-responses Vulture masterplan? Isn't it? I mean, by this point Jobs is probably determined that external antennae is one thing that won't change on the 5.

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Wifi Hotspot!

Yay Apple! Once you actually get it working you'll be one step closer to catching up on Android's previous version.

You must be so proud... :)

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MacPro bit slow?

Just tried SunSpider on a MacBook Pro 2.8 core2duo.... 261.8ms +/- 0.9%.....bit quick eh? but then maybe my 256GB SSD helped ;)

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500MB?

Bit chunky for an upgrade to a mobile OS isn't it?

Also $4.99 may not be much and maybe you can get it free (it seems not though) but why sell your tool if you want to promote the Mac App Store rather than have people download the normal way?

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about webkit...

at the contrary of what's mentioned in the article I noticed that Safari is obviously much faster than before, very obviously, and for most sites.

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Gates Horns

M$ want HOW MUCH for a copy of VS2010 Pro ?

$549 last time I looked...

No my free Mac Developer registration won't let me download XCode 4 for now't.

The £3 pricetag is clearly designed to make it an impulse buy.

Yes, that is an unwelcome price hike from £0

But lets get some sense of perspective here ... its still a hell of alot cheaper than Macintosh Programmers Workshop, or even CodeWarrior for that matter

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Err

Visual Studio 2010 Express = $0

WebMatrix = $0

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RE: Err

Xcode != Visual Studio Express or WebMatrix. Facts before you troll sonny jim m'lad...

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Really?

XCode 3 = $0

What's your point?

Just because the Express version of studio is free does not mean there is not a paid version, like Apple has. Only $549 is very different than $4.99

The bigger argument I have is with this article categorically stating "Xcode was previously free, by the way, bundled with Mac OS X installer discs or downloadable".

Last I looked, XCode is STILL bundled with Mac OS X installer disks, and there is no indication that the next version of Mac OS X won't come with XCode 4 nor that new hardware will not come with it (like iLife comes with a every Mac purchased). Upgrades often cost money, and at $4.99, I think that easily covers the cost of downloading. To me it is just a silly bitch session.

Why not state, when complaining about the $99 price as a registered developer, that you get the $129 OS DVD image free as well? Makes that $99 seem like a bargain now, doesn't it??

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@Spongibrain

Still a heck of a lot more than Eclipse + gcc or (for the less fortunate) mingw...

Apologizing much?

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