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Is iOS 4.3 Just Around The Corner?

iOS 4.2 is only a day old, and already the iOS 4.3 rumours have started. According to MacStories, Apple’s eying a mid-December release for an update that’ll bring with it iPad magazine subscriptions. Let’s hope so.

The exact date of the release was apparently supposed to be December 13th—which makes sense given the likely December 9th announcement of the News Corp subscription-based iPad newspaper The Daily—but may be delayed because iOS 4.2 itself fell behind schedule:

When Apple didn’t know about the WiFi issues in the GM seed of iOS 4.2, the OS was scheduled to be released weeks before Nov. 22nd. Apple found out about the WiFi issues, released a second GM build and iOS 4.2 came out yesterday. It came out in November, but it should have been out in the first half of November. Anyway, before the WiFi issues were discovered, Apple was already planning to release a new build of iOS 4.x in mid-December. Most specifically, they were planning for an iOS 4.3 release on December 13th, which is a Monday.

Our source tells us it is unclear whether the “extra time” that was required to ship iOS 4.2 (actually, it’s iOS 4.2.1) will cause a delay for the rumoured release of iOS 4.3 on December 13th or not.

Either way, hopefully the subscription model has been sorted out once and for all. Issues delivered automagically to the iPad every month? That might just be the magazine industry’s saving grace.


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