Hot on the heels of news that the Verizon iPhone runs iOS 4.2.5 complete with support for a “Personal Hotspot” feature, Apple has gone and released iOS 4.3 beta for developers. The update includes a number of new features, including the Hotspot utility that lets you share your mobile broadband connection with another device over a Bluetooth or USB connection, or turn your phone into a mobile WiFi hotspot which can be used by up to 5 devices.

Other features appear to include:

  • Support for AirPlay video streaming by third party apps.
  • The iPad switch can now be used as either a screen lock or mute button.
  • The iPad now supports 4 and 5 finger gestures.
  • The iPod touch version of Facetime has a new icon.
  • Apple TV units running iOS 4.3 will be able to run third party apps.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that Apple seems to be dropping support for the iPhone 3G and iPod touch 2G, which means that you may be stuck with iOS 4.2.1 indefinitely if you have an older iOS device.

Update: It looks like that bit about third party Apple TV apps may have been incorrect.

via MobileCrunch and GottaBeMobile

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