iOS 4.3 Beta Reveals New iPhone, iPad Features

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Apple's iOS may have been surpassed by Android on Millennial Media's network, but iOS is stealing the headlines this week. 

It began with the announcement from Apple and Verizon that the iPhone would be available for Verizon subscribers next month. One of the big draws to the Verizon version was that it could serve as a personal Wi-Fi hotspot that would allow users to connect up to five devices. Then it was confirmed that this would actually be a feature for all iPhones with the release of the next version of iOS - iOS 4.3. 

Now, Apple has gone ahead and released the beta version of iOS 4.3 to developers. The release reportedly brings new multitouch gestures, AirPlay video support to apps, the aforementioned hotspot feature,  a new FaceTime icon, and full screen iAd banners

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MacRumors found a setting for a new feature called Find my Friends. "The obvious interpretation is that Apple may be looking to offer a location-based friend-finding service like Loopt and Google Latitude," writes Arnold Kim.

Engadget notes that the Photos app has gained new AirPlay functionality for photos and videos, and that there's a "slightly tweaked camera shutter sound, as well as bigger app icons in the App Store's Update menu."

9to5Mac found some files in the latest SDK indicating that the next-generation iPad will have a camera.

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