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Remember that possible intriguing feature of iOS 4.3 that included multitouch gestures? Well, according to the second beta of iOS 4.3 that was released today, Apple clarified that it was just for developers to give it a test drive, and would not be a part of the initial public release. Rats.
In addition to the second external beta of the upcoming iOS 4.3, a new pre-release copy of Apple TV software, with a design in mind to support iOS' AirPlay feature for third-party programmers was also released.
The new beta has build number 9F5135d and will be available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. What exactly will ultimately make it into the final cut is anyone's guess.
In the first beta, we saw a personal hotspot control panel, new multitouch gestures for the iPad and updated SMS alert settings. There were also hints of a possible "Find My Friends" social networking feature.
According to AppleInsider though, the multi-touch gestures that first saw their appearance on the first beta, won't be ready for the final release, says a note to developers that came with the release to developers.
"This feature will not be enabled in iOS 4.3 for customers," read the documentation, "but we are providing this preview to gather input on how these gestures work with your apps."
MacRumors also discovered Apple could very well be en route to placing more social features within iOS. In the second beta, 9to5 Mac noticed that there are references that point to two new services called "Media Stream" and "Photo Streaming".
With Photo Stream, you will also be allowed to invite other users to view your pictures as you take them and upload them to a service. This service looks like it is connected to MobileMe, and we speculate that Media Stream can be directly connected to Find My Friends. We think Find My Friends will be another aspect of Apple's social network, a part of a free MobileMe, where you can choose to view your friends' Photo Streams all on that same map.
With that, what do you think of the potential new features, readers? Good? Bad? Feel free to leave your comments below!
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