If you’ve been waiting for iOS 4.3, your wait may be coming to an end. We now have ample reason to believe that Apple will be releasing iOS 4.3—which will include the in-app subscription and personal hotspot features—in less than two weeks. Not only that, but AT&T may even support the personal hotspot feature on their network along with their recently announced increasing data caps for tethering plans just before Valentine’s Day.
In David Pogue’s original review of the Verizon iPhone 4, he mentioned the following interesting tidbit:
The single new feature in Verizon’s iPhone is Personal Hotspot, where the iPhone becomes a Wi-Fi base station. Up to five laptops, iPod Touches or other gadgets can get online, using the phone as a glorified Internet antenna.
That’s incredibly convenient. Many other app phones have it – AT&T’s iPhone gets it on Feb. 13 – but Apple’s execution is especially nice.
It’s since been removed. That in and of itself is usually enough to back up its truthiness, but you can never really be certain…unless there’s more.
John Gruber’s review of the Verizon iPhone contains a decent guess as to what Apple has planned in terms of iOS 4.3. It goes like this: The Daily was just released and has a two week free period that’s being sponsored by Verizon. After this period, you’ll need to start paying, but so far, you can’t. Why? iOS 4.2.1 can’t handle in-app subscriptions. That means Apple almost certainly will release iOS 4.3 within two weeks of the launch of The Daily so that everyone’s money can come pouring in. John admits this is just a guess, but it’s only logical.
I can’t wait for iOS 4.3, so I’m hoping this all pans out exactly as stated above. The personal hotspot feature alone may be enough for many to not need 3G enabled iPads anymore. And that could save you a lot of money if you’re planning on buying an iPad 2 that’s also rumored to be making it’s debut shortly. Stay tuned.