iOS 4.3 is going to be so worth it.

As I was doing my morning Twitter check earlier, I came across an article written by Lyla Katz at XBiz that Bryan Slater shared. This article cites another from Boy Genius Report. It seems that there are a host of new changes planned for the upcoming iOS update, and quite a few that I didn't expect so soon. It seems Apple has iLife in mind for it's next iteration of the the insanely successful iPad. I'm sure some support will be included for the original version as well, but with the processor upgrade the next version (along with the new iPhone) is rumored to be getting, it makes more sense that the application suite will be tailored for the new device. An interesting note is that it seems Apple plans to move towards a home-button free device sooner rather than later. One of the more minor stories, but one of my favorites nonetheless, is the ability to choose to reinstate the button above the volume rocker as a screen orientation lock button! Apple (very foolishly, in my humble opinion) decided in their last update to take away that functionality, and make the button resemble it's iPhone counterpart, which was a notification mute button. -- Not an entire system mute button, mind you. It only muted the typing clicks and notifications, not the volume of songs or apps. -- Before the switch was made, I used the button's orientation lock feature constantly. Post-switch, I have used the button less than five times. I know Apple had good intentions in keeping their iOS devices similar in functionality, but I can't begin to tell you just how handy and ingenius that orientation lock button was! So, rant over. If the report is to be believed, it's coming back, and I couldn't be happier. Also, in a signal that the iPhone 3G is officially on it's way to the great tech refuge in the sky, iOS 4.3 will support neither that device nor the second gen iPod Touch. The times, they are a-changing, folks!

Be sure to check the original articles. iOS 4.3 Beta 1 to Include Various Enhancements - XBIZ.com. Apple iOS 4.3 change log revealed - Boy Genius Report.com.