iPad 2 OS also available for other Apple devices

Apple has announced that it has made available its most-advanced mobile operating system, iOS 4.3, the OS of the iPad 2 for other Apple devices, 2 days ahead of schedule. The free iOS 4.3 update provides users with new features for the iPhone, iPad and iPad 2, as well as iPod touch.

To download iOS 4.3, just connect your device to your Mac or PC and follow the onscreen instructions in iTunes. Total download file size is 669.8MB.

This update contains new features and improvements that include:
    Personal Hotspot
    • Share iPhone 4 cellular data connection with up to 5 devices (combination of up to 3 Wi-Fi, 3 Bluetooth, and 1 USB)
    iTunes Home Sharing
    • Play music, movies and TV shows from a shared iTunes library on a Mac or PC (requires iTunes 10.2)
    New AirPlay features**
    • Play videos from the Photos app including the Camera Roll album, iTunes previews, enabled third-party apps and websites on Apple TV
    • Play slideshows from Photos on Apple TV using transitions available on Apple TV
    Faster Safari performance with Apple Nitro JavaScript engine
    • HD video out using the Apple Digital AV Adapter***
    • View 720p HD videos from Videos app, iPod app, Photos, YouTube, Safari, Keynote, and enabled third-party apps on an HDMI display
    Ping features
    • Push notifications for comments and follow requests
    • Post and Like songs directly from the Now Playing screen
    • Parental controls
    New Settings
    • Messages setting for number of times to repeat an alert
    • iPad side switch setting to lock screen rotation or mute audio notifications and sound effects
    Single tap conference call dialing with a pause to send a passcode
    Bug fixes
*Requires iPhone 4 with tethering data plan
**Requires Apple TV (2nd generation) running software version 4.2 or later
***iPhone 4, iPad, iPod touch (4th generation)