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tekgoblin writes "Apple has just released iOS 4.3 for download from iTunes. The update from Apple includes enhancements to Apple Airplay, Safari, iPad side switch, and the Personal hotspot feature for the iPhone 4. I personally welcome the feature to make the 'mute button' on the iPad back into the screen orientation lock."
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IOS 4.3 Now Available For Download

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  • by Sponge Bath (413667) on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @07:36PM (#35437182)

    You are not fit to use Apple products because your desires run counter to the "Apple Way". Only the most cretinous of slack jawed yokels would suggest Apple's change to a mute button is anything but insanely great magically different genius.

    "I personally welcome the feature to make the 'mute button' on the iPad back into the screen orientation lock."

    Oops, never mind. Welcome back into the fold.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @07:39PM (#35437210)

      My Android phone can be modified so I can have any button run any feature I want. I'll show you once I'm allowed to update it....

  • Xcode no longer free (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @07:42PM (#35437238)

    The bigger news today is that Apple has decided that developing for iOS or the Mac, without even submitting anything to their respective app stores, is now no longer free. Developers registered in the $99 iOS or Mac developer program get it as part of their subscription, but all others have to pay $4.99 [apple.com] now.

    While $4.99 is chump change, it just seems like an odd thing to do and comes across as greedy. Seriously, they aren't going to make any significant amount of money from this, so why bother? I can't imagine what they were thinking. All it does is serve as yet another roadblock, albeit low-priced, to getting into the walled garden. I imagine a lot of young, aspiring developers will see this and look elsewhere instead. Maybe that's a good thing?

    • by ZankerH (1401751)
      Jesus christ, it's just an IDE. You can still develop Mac apps with vim and gcc.
      • by 1729 (581437) <slashdot1729.gmail@com> on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @08:55PM (#35437856)

        Jesus christ, it's just an IDE. You can still develop Mac apps with vim and gcc.

        Without XCode? Getting a working toolchain on OS X without first installing XCode (which includes gcc and binutils) is non-trivial.

        • by frinkster (149158) on Thursday March 10, 2011 @01:18AM (#35439512)

          Jesus christ, it's just an IDE. You can still develop Mac apps with vim and gcc.

          Without XCode? Getting a working toolchain on OS X without first installing XCode (which includes gcc and binutils) is non-trivial.

          Apple released an updated version of XCode 3 today (3.2.6). Looking at the release notes, it includes the latest build tools as well as the updated SDK for developing iOS 4.3 apps. It also includes some updates/changes to the XCode 3 IDE.

          Apple is charging the $5 for the fancy new IDE only. You still get everything else with the free download.

    • by 99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @09:19PM (#35438082)

      The bigger news today is that Apple has decided that developing for iOS or the Mac, without even submitting anything to their respective app stores, is now no longer free.

      Umm, charging $5 for the latest version of the dev tools is not equivalent to charging all developers for the Mac platform. You can use the older version of Xcode for free or you can use dozens of other tool kits from other vendors and pay Apple nothing.

      While $4.99 is chump change, it just seems like an odd thing to do and comes across as greedy.

      It is the result of US accounting law. They can't give it away for free and claim it as part of the cost of OS X as they have been since there are too many new features in it to pass muster. So they charge a minimal fee until the next OS X release then claim it is also rolled into the price of that OS for new users.

      Seriously, they aren't going to make any significant amount of money from this, so why bother?

      I think I just answered this.

      I imagine a lot of young, aspiring developers will see this and look elsewhere instead. Maybe that's a good thing?

      I suppose it's possible, or they'll use Eclipse or the older version of Xcode or any number of other toolkits.

    • by Microlith (54737)

      It makes me wonder:
      * Will it be included with 10.7? If not, then
      * How long until the price goes up and
      * Is Apple going to attempt to control how software is installed on OS X?

      It's moves like this that made me reduce OS X to a minimal 32GB partition on my Macbook and install Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, and make me avoid iOS products like the plague.

      • by Desler (1608317)

        Yes, it will be free in Lion. The charging is due to Sarbanes-Oaxley. But hey, don't bother letting facts get in the way of a rant.

        • by Microlith (54737)

          The charging is due to Sarbanes-Oaxley[sic]

          I see this all the time yet Apple is the only one to act like this. Why doesn't Google get into hot water over Android, or Intel over all the open source stuff it does?

          Or maybe the SOX excuse is made up by people trying (but otherwise unable) to explain Apple's charges?

    • What's funny is that your ignorant and factually incorrect comment was modded up (you can still download Xcode 4 for free if you sign up for a free Apple developer account).

      Only on Slashdot.

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        While I agree and lament the fact that Slashdot often favors "sensational" and completely incorrect posts and stories, your accusation here is without merit. Xcode is not free with a free developer account. It requires the $99 Mac or iOS developer program subscription, or can be purchased for $4.99 from the Mac app store, as previously stated.

        I have a free developer account, and this is what http://developer.apple.com/xcode/ [apple.com] tells me when I try to download it:

        Hi [my name],

        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.

        View Xcode 4 on the Mac App Store [apple.com]

        Learn about Apple Developer Programs [apple.com]

        It seems that your post is the one that's igno

    • Nope, still free (Score:4, Informative)

      by Doches (761288) <DochesNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @09:59PM (#35438368)
      John Gruber made the same mistake earlier [daringfireball.net] -- but you can still register for a free developer account [apple.com] and download Xcode without paying the $4.99.
    • by furball (2853)

      This isn't true. I do not have registration in the $99 iOS or Mac developer program subscription and was able to download Xcode 4 for free today at 5pm EST.

    • by Karlt1 (231423)

      The bigger news today is that Apple has decided that developing for iOS or the Mac, without even submitting anything to their respective app stores, is now no longer free. Developers registered in the $99 iOS or Mac developer program get it as part of their subscription, but all others have to pay $4.99 now.

      Or you know, you could like, register for a free Apple developer account here for free:

      http://developer.apple.com/programs/register/ [apple.com]

      And download XCode......

      Or did not that big "Free" word by the register

      • That link does say that you can download Xcode 3 + iOS SDK. However, this article is about Xcode 4.

  • so if you don't like the current crop of apps just try out your hand with one of your own.

    Which of course I keep telling myself I will do, one day, really.

    • That's.... weird. I can download XCode for free from the developer website. It would seem they are just selling the OSX version. Yet the one that I download from the developer site includes iOS & OSX. So confusing.
      • by Anubis350 (772791)
        The one you download from the dev site is either: A) A full copy of 4 because you have a currently paid dev account (in which case it's not free) -or- B) Xcode 3
  • iOS not IOS (Score:5, Informative)

    by SimmyD (2012700) on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @07:47PM (#35437276) Homepage
    Title had me confused with Cisco's IOS. Can we use proper names next time (iOS)?
  • Interesting Timing (Score:4, Interesting)

    by rock56501 (1301287) on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @07:52PM (#35437322)
    Seems a bit interesting that Apple releases iOS 4.3 and an update to Safari just hours before PWN2OWN kicks off at CanSecWest...
  • Well, is it broke yet? Dont want to lose everything i have.

  • I know that the 4.3 betas allowed use of the Personal Hotspot on AT&T, but is the feature actually available on the released version?

    I'd like to drop my Sprint MiFi card and replace it with an iPhone 4 hotspot. But, I don't want to switch away from the unlimited data plan (to the 4 GB limit), only to find that it doesn't work.

    • by Drakino (10965)

      It works. I installed 4.3 and have WiFi hotspot working off my AT&T phone with tethering. Even tethered my iPad to it, and it showed a linked icon instead of WiFi signal strength when it connected.

  • by kirkb (158552) on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @08:19PM (#35437536) Homepage

    Usually, I'm quick to mod things (game consoles, etc), but for nearly two years I've stayed "legit" with my iPhone 3GS. I figured that as long as Apple gave me first-class features and updates, I'd stick with them.

    I almost jailbroke when 4.2 came out because "find my phone" wasn't available (for free) on the 3GS, but luckily discovered a workaround to make it happen.
    For 4.3, I was looking forward to the WiFi hotspot feature. But today, I discover that you only get this on the iPhone 4. The 3GS just keeps the same old USB and Bluetooth tethering, renamed to "personal hotspot".

    I don't begrudge Apple for being unwilling/unable to add the coolest new features to the 3GS, but if the jailbreak community can take better care of me then I guess that's where I'll have to go.

    • I don't begrudge Apple for being unwilling/unable to add the coolest new features to the 3GS, but if the jailbreak community can take better care of me then I guess that's where I'll have to go.

      I believe the radio in the 3gs is physically not capable of behaving like an access point. I could be wrong, but that's what I remember from the time that I had one.

    • Welcome to planned obsolescence! Please take your number and join the queue for the new version in June.

      (I'm in the same position, but I've experimented with jailbreak - hadn't found truly compelling reasons for keeping it, but now I'm far more inclined)

  • by crossmr (957846) on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @08:40PM (#35437702) Journal

    Has this been removed in 4.3 finally? It was one of their most idiotic changes in 4.2. When text message tone is set to none, that means no sound. Not "still make a sound"

  • oh crap, just yesterday i upgraded to 4.2.1 on my jailbroken 3G. Does anyone know if I have to wait until the boys at Dev-Team post a new tut on iClarified before I can upgrade again? I had so much fun (sic) the last time, I can't wait to do it again. thx...
    • Depends. There's a jailbreak out already, although its not as simple as Dev-Team's will be. The unlock is still forthcoming

  • I'm switching back to CodeWarrior.
  • by Qbertino (265505) on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @09:18PM (#35438060)

    Apple did a tremendous job in the last decade in kicking some serious ass in the industry where ass-kicking was in dire need. Ever since Steve Jobs made the bold and very smart move to Unix I have allways been favourable to them. The fist iMac was the first PC ever not requiring a Monitor adjustment and setup - something most novices were not capable of. My first Mac was a later generation iBook G4 - the cheapest subnotebook available at the time. It played along perfectly with my otherwise entirely Linux driven setup. And its in regular use to this very day, chugging along on the last PPC version of Tiger. With Apache, Samba, the entire GNU Stack and yet some OSS goodies pre-installed and configured. There are a lot more positive things I could detail that they've done - like breaking the carrier grip on cellphones and the software they run or comming up with the best possible DRM compromise at the time and convincing the industry that that is the maximum possible.

    The latest developments however don't get my approval at all. The iPad is the sweet looking end of a very ugly solid vertical distribution-and-access lock-in cortesy to apple. The device looks cool, no doubt, but it is factually a step backwards in technology as it effectively is not a turing complete computer anymore. I just talked to a guy at our local apple vendor about this: It apparently isn't possible to install your own software on this thing without having a 99$/year developer subscription with apple. If I have to do that, then this is in effect not a turing complete device and thus factually no computer anymore. It's a neat computer driven consumer device - but that's all.

    What I'm wondering is how far Apple will be able to go with this until people notice that they are a new sort of old IBM and start switching to more open devices. If Apple continues building them neat enough, maybe never? Who knows.
    I for one can say that I am not buying, unless Im paid insane or at least solid amounts of money for developing for the iPad. I might by yet another M*cBook, but as for these oh-so-neat 'Post-PC-Devices', as they are called, I'm going to test the waters with a far more open and thus truely turing complete solution. My new HTC Desire HD btw is an awesome such device. Definitely the iPhone killer. ... FYI: I'm writing this on a Mac.

    • Then don't buy an iPad, sheesh. There will always be "pro" Macs where you can install whatever you want -- how else could you develop for iOS devices?

      It's true that computing is moving towards a more user-friendly and "walled" console-like experience. Geeks think that is evil and bad, the rest of the planet rightly thinks it's a great thing.

    • by tepples (727027)

      The fist iMac was the first PC ever not requiring a Monitor adjustment and setup

      Didn't you mean the 1984 Macintosh?

      something most novices were not capable of.

      If novices are capable of plugging a cable into a TV and a cable box, they're capable of plugging a cable into a monitor and a computer. Or am I misunderstanding what you mean by "monitor adjustment and setup"?

    • by swb (14022)

      I think the biggest limitation with the iPad is relative to removable media. The 2nd generation device *still* only has 64GB flash -- WTF? I'm not a genius transcoder but most DVD-length movies run nearly 1.5 GB in SD and 4 in HD. With 20 gigs of music, apps and their data you're looking at room for only about 7-8 HD movies, and that's if you pack it totally full.

      That's OK for maybe a week's vacation, but it's not enough if you want to travel further or access a larger amount of data than will fit on the

    • by agrif (960591)

      The device looks cool, no doubt, but it is factually a step backwards in technology as it effectively is not a turing complete computer anymore.

      I get what your trying to say, but this probably isn't the best way to say it. It's hard to argue something isn't Turing-complete when I can go and download a Turing machine app.

  • The hot spot feature is such a rip off. I know the carriers forced it to be a system you pay extra for but why is that? With At&t they don't offer unlimited data plans any more so why am I limited on how I use my bandwidth they will charge me extra for the bandwidth why do I have to pay the carier for a software feature?

    • by crossmr (957846)

      Interestingly there is a whole big world out there beyond AT&T. My carrier offers unlimited data plans.

      • by jbplou (732414)

        That still doesn't matter because the hot spot feature really is just software it doesn't really on the carrier. Verizon has the same charge for using a hot spot.

        • by crossmr (957846)

          Who said I was with Verizon and who said I had to pay anything to get the personal hotspot?
          I guess it's easy to say features are a waste of time when you can't see past the end of your own nose.

          • by jbplou (732414)

            Where I live Verizon and AT&T are the only two that provide very good service, additionally just because I find this one feature limiting does not nessarly mean I want to switch platforms or carriers.

            • by crossmr (957846)

              I never said you did. You claimed the feature was rip-off, and yet, that's an issue with your carrier, not an issue with Apple.
              Not everyone has to pay to use it, it seems to only be American carriers who screw people so much.

              Apple has made plenty of other boneheaded decisions with recent updates, but this isn't something they control.

    • by sqrt(2) (786011)

      I'm sure you already know this, but there is a jailbreak hack that enables native tethering without having to pay AT&T any extra money. Jailbreak your iPhone, add the hackulous repo to Cydia, and then install tetherme. You'll be able to use tethering just like you had paid to enable it.

  • by mr100percent (57156) on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @09:44PM (#35438270) Homepage Journal

    The improvements to Airplay are pretty underrated. You can now stream your entire iTunes library to your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch (if they're on the same LAN). That's kinda a big improvement, because so many people on /. whine how they can't fit their entire library on only 64GB of space. Videos too.

You know, the difference between this company and the Titanic is that the Titanic had paying customers.

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