iOS 4.3 launches 11 March

iOS 4.3

Apple has confirmed the next version of its mobile opearting system - iOS3 - will be launched on 11 March.

The rollout will coincide with the US launch of the iPad 2 - its second tablet device not due to hit the UK until 25 March.

At the iPad 2 launch event in San Francisco, Scott Forestall, vice president at the company, ran through some of the improvements iPhone and iPad users could expect with the updated OS.

JavaScript on iOS 4.3 is set to be twice as fast, bringing improvements to the Safari browsing experience, he claimed.

Also the iPad switch will now be able to both mute and rotation lock, rather than just the current lock function.

FaceTime, previously only available on iPhones, will now work between both the smartphones and iPad devices - also thanks to the inclusion of cameras on the iPad 2 - and both multi-track recording and iMovie video editing will become available, with HD sharing capabilities.

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