iOS

Apple iOS 4.3.3: Problems, maybe... improvements, definitely

There have been reports of WiFi problems with the latest Apple iOS update -- but Derek Schauland hasn't run into them. What he has noticed are some nice enhancements, including improvements to AirPlay and Safari.

Another iOS update, 4.3.3, was released recently in a much quicker fashion than expected once it was announced. It seems the expedited release was to correct issues with location tracking that were making the rounds on the Internet and in the media. The idea that Apple could see your location based on tracking was interesting -- and for some, a bit less than desirable. (I wonder how many of those who do not like the location-tracking file are Foursquare users... but I digress.)

Since the update became available, there has been more discussion about problems with WiFi after loading 4.3.3. When I read about the WiFi issues, I immediately downloaded the update on my iPad to see if I noticed any problems. Happily, I can report that I did not see any problems over the past day and a half with wireless or other items.

I can't say that the issues do not exist, but only that I haven't experienced them. This got me to thinking: If the bad things included with the latest iOS update are all over the Internet, what about the good features?

What are the features (additions or improvements) in iOS?

  • Improved AirPlay functionality-- Now AirPlay streams from the Photos app too, in addition to movies, music and other goodies
  • Safari performance improvements -- JavaScript and Safari as a whole seem to be a bit snappier
  • iTunes Home Sharing -- Share all your iTunes content across devices on your network. No download or sync needed. If you are on the same wireless network, content can be used between the devices.
  • iPad slide switch customization -- The switch on the iPad can be customized to work as a mute switch or to lock the screen position. Customizations can be made in the Settings app.
  • Personal hotspot -- This one is just for iPhone users, a hotspot to allow connections wherever your phone has data service.

These features are the latest additions to iOS, and from what I can tell, they work very well. As I get more opportunity to use the update, I will report back if the WiFi bug rears its ugly head.

My overall recommendation is to go out and get the update. iTunes handles backups quite well and requires syncing with your computers before allowing updates to be applied. For someone who likes to try whatever might be coming, like myself, this can be great, as it may allow you to roll back to a previous working configuration.

About

Derek Schauland has been tinkering with Windows systems since 1997. He has supported Windows NT 4, worked phone support for an ISP, and is currently the IT Manager for a manufacturing company in Wisconsin.

15 comments
dedugan
dedugan

ever since I installed it today, when I click on some apps the screen goes blank then returns to the desktop

ActiveAvatar
ActiveAvatar

Lets be blunt folks - speaking as a Flash Developer since it first came out - the technology develops and right now there are alternatives to Flash which let the smart phones and pads run for what would have been thought unbelievable hours on a single charge BECAUSE of the way the phones/pads are designed and BECAUSE they don't use memory and battery guzzling Flash. RIP Flash - great idea for its time

bugsie857
bugsie857

The point is Apple do not give you the user the opportunity to choose to view those perfectly good flash sites. So developers have got round the issue with Apps, and you love that. Great. ...and oh what's that? Apple are paid when a new app comes to the app store? How convenient.

sparent
sparent

I found that 4.3.2 was much easier on my battery than the previous version. This was confirmed by a colleague who had the same experience after updating. It appears that 4.3.3 has lost that edge. My phone is back to losing 10-15% of battery life when idle overnight - it was about 1-2% under 4.3.2. Anybody else noticed changes in battery life?

iaef
iaef

I use my iMac and Mac Pro for more serious uses, like Club penguin or Cartoon Network gaming.... iPad is more like an eBook reader... that is why I bought it for, so no Flash on iPad is irrelevant if you have a MacBook Air to fulfill more power apps.

dwilton
dwilton

It seems that my ipad has a tough time switching to the strongest WiFi network after the update. We have 5 different zones and it may lock in on one and indicate limited service when you are in a stronger zone and not change over. Not sure if that is caused by the update but did not have the issues before

non-biased
non-biased

You see it as an issue but I see it as a benefit. I now just open an app to get what I need or do what I want and it's much faster than browsing to some slow flash based website. Image how much time I am saving due to the lack of or should I say release from Flash.

non-biased
non-biased

I too have seen a difference lately but until you mentioned it did not put the two together.

Slayer_
Slayer_

Specialized means it does less things. The throat doctor doesn't give prostate exams. Just as an example.

mauigir1
mauigir1

As you already know, the iPad will NEVER SUPPORT FLASH. 95% of the tablet market, i.e. iPad and iPad2 owners, don't care.

bugsie857
bugsie857

So if a friend sends you a link to a website with a flash video, you would go to the app store and hope there was an app for it, download it, then search for the video? That is rather a lot of effort and battery use just to view a video one time isn't it? But you don't need to view that "silly video" anyway... just like every other iphone owner...! Flash isn't the answer or the future, but it should be an option and it should be supported without having to download a 3rd party app. A note on the battery consumption of flash.. If I knew I needed the battery to last I would not be using flash, neither would I be using your app. At the end of the day it should be your choice. A word missing from Apples vocabulary.

Slayer_
Slayer_

What fun is a toy that can't go to fun sites?

Slayer_
Slayer_

Every flash application and game, now needs its own app.

mauigir1
mauigir1

But I spend most of my time in apps anyway, something that is a challenge with any of the other tablets.