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iOS 4.3, Personal Hotspot, and iPad 2 Introduction Within Next Ten Days?

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A series of reports and rumors are suggesting that Apple is preparing to release iOS 4.3 and its personal hotspot functionality to the public, possibly by February 13th. At the same time, Apple may be taking the opportunity to also offer a preview of the second-generation iPad ahead of a potential early April release.

In his review of the Verizon iPhone, Daring Fireball's John Gruber lays out his argument that iOS 4.3 will appear within the next two weeks to provide support for in-app subscription payments for The Daily before the free two-week trial runs out.
The Daily requires a subscription - either $1 per week, or $40 per year. They're using a new in-app subscription payment system from Apple for this - but these in-app subscription APIs aren't in iOS 4.2. So The Daily launched today, free for a limited time. They announced at the event that this initial free two-week period was brought to us by: Verizon.
Gruber surmises that Apple and Verizon worked out a deal in which Verizon gets a very brief exclusivity period (perhaps in publicity only, given that the Verizon iPhone doesn't launch until February 10th) for the personal hotspot feature while also agreeing to sponsor the free two-week access for The Daily to carry users through until Apple announces and releases iOS 4.3 with in-app subscription and personal hotspot support for existing iPhones.

Lining up with that suggestion, a number of observers have noted that David Pogue's Verizon iPhone review initially included a statement claiming that AT&T's iPhone would receive personal hotspot functionality (via iOS 4.3) on February 13th, the same day that AT&T has announced for increasing data caps on its tethering plans and rolling out hotspot functionality for the HTC Inspire 4G. From Pogue's initial review:
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.
The review has since been edited to replace the mention of February 13th with "AT&T says its iPhone will get it soon".

Finally, MacNotes.de reports that it has heard that Apple is planning an event for next week where the second-generation iPad will be shown off. The report speculates that Apple will announce a special iOS 4.3 media event to introduce in-app subscriptions, an announcement Apple vice president Eddy Cue revealed would be coming soon during yesterday's introduction of The Daily. A preview of the second-generation iPad could come as a "one more thing" surprise at the end of that media event.

MacNotes.de had previously reported that Apple is shooting for an iPad release in the United States on the first or second Saturday in April.

Article Link: iOS 4.3, Personal Hotspot, and iPad 2 Introduction Within Next Ten Days?
 

coder12

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Woow! This is ... heartwarming? No really, who reported the 13th as a date? I'm curious if this is legitimate.
 
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taja609

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This is really popular rumor where I live and to be honest I look forward to the date!
 
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Frosticus

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So.. correct me if I'm wrong here.. but this would allow me to share my iPhone 4's 3G internet connection with a wifi only iPad? so no need to fork out for a wifi+3g iPad anymore..?
Of course, my data allowance will take a hit I'm sure, but still, quite a saving on the iPad unit cost.
 
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Sky Blue

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Can't really see a media event where the iPad 2 doesn't feature as the main event.
 
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HelveticaNeue

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I have been expecting an event for February 9th, to line up with the iPad 2 wallpaper preview found in the beta's which have the iCal icon showing the 9th of some month instead of the 27th like in the current previews.
 
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Tones2

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In terms of hot spot - Does the "tethered" devices think they have a Wi-fi connection, and if so, can you then stream media through apps that are Wi-Fi only off of the device?

Tony
 
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dstankus

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Unexcited about the Hotspot thing.

Here in NYC, I'm lucky to see 800k speeds over AT&T 3G. And they're going to charge me to share that with 5 other devices?

Maybe it's a nostalgia thing; a look back at when we accessed AOL via dial-up over the phone lines.

Besides, anyone who wanted to use their iPhone as a hotspot has already found other ways to do it anyway.
 
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asdf542

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They'd murder their Valentines sales they are pushing if they announe it within 10 days.

My guess is March announcement, April release.
 
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eh270

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I don't understand why Gruber thinks that AT&T would offer the personal hotspot via in-app purchase rather than through a plan change, the way they offer tethering now. Wouldn't that give Apple a 30% cut of the upgrade fees?
 
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j-a-x

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The new iPad announcement would be consistent with the iPad being spotted at the Murdoch thing yesterday. I mean that shows that Apple is pretty much ready to show it off (maybe it'll take some more time for production before it is realized though). I want one! :apple:
 
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theOtherGeoff

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Unexcited about the Hotspot thing.

Here in NYC, I'm lucky to see 800k speeds over AT&T 3G. And they're going to charge me to share that with 5 other devices?

Maybe it's a nostalgia thing; a look back at when we accessed AOL via dial-up over the phone lines.

Besides, anyone who wanted to use their iPhone as a hotspot has already found other ways to do it anyway.

While I see higher speeds, it's not where I want to see them (at work dtwn Mpls, where I'm still around 1mbps). I get 3Mbps at home... but there I have wifi. I'm not paying for this (work may, but I'm not).

Figuring that it's cheaper to buy an iPad2 (the only device where I'd want tethering) with 3G, as it would pay for itself in a year over tethering.
 
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Northern1

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iPad2 is not going to be introduced yet

Apple will do as Apple has done for years with the iPhone and iPod and introduce the iPad2 either on the day it is ready for sale or at most a week ahead of time.

As soon as they reveal it the main press will shout about it everywhere and even mainstream consumers will stop purchasing the iPad1 and wait for iPad2.

However, what nobody has mentioned yet (as far as I have read) is Apples Annual event to discuss the next iOS release. To my memory this normally happens in March ahead of the iPhone release in the summer (happened in 2008, 2009 & 2010). What they may do this year is talk about iPad2 release at the same time they talk about iOS5 in last week of March ahead of a 1st week of April launch? Just my guess.

The question is - will iPad2 be released with iOS5 installed, or will it be released with iOS 4.3 and we wait until iPhone5 (June/July 2011) for iOS5 on iPad2?
 
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Popeye206

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Can't wait for the iPad2 announcement. Really thinking it may be next week. I guess we'll know soon. If it is, invitations will go out tomorrow! :D
 
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neilw

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I tend to agree that announcing iPad2 6 weeks before availability is a bit much, and likely to Osborne the sales of the existing iPad.

So I'd think that either they won't show it until a couple of weeks later, or else the product release could come before beginning of April.

I wouldn't be *shocked* if they adhered to the rumored schedule, but it sounds like too long a lead time for them to announce a next-gen product.
 
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