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iPad 2 brings release of iOS 4.3, with FaceTime and Photo Booth

itunes 4.3The iPad 2 launches on March 11th, with a new dual-core A5 processor and HDMI Out capability, but what about the software? Apple announced that the iPad currently has 65,000 apps (compared to 100 for Android Honeycomb tablets), and that the iPad 2 will run the new iOS 4.3.

iOS 4.3 features performance improvements in Safari, thanks to the addition of the Nitro JavaScript engine. It also brings iTunes home sharing, which lets the iPad 2 play content over Wi-Fi from your other networked devices. Oh, and 4.3 also (finally!) lets you decide whether the switch on your iPad is a mute button or an orientation lock.

iPad 2 owners also get Photo Booth, which takes advantage of the new iPad's built-in camera. It lets you preview 9 photo effects at once, and manipulate the effects by touching the photos. The addition of cameras also means FaceTime has finally arrived on the iPad, and you can use it to call other iPads, iPhones or Macs. Also note the flip option, which lets you switch to the iPad's rear camera during a FaceTime call.

iPhone 4 owners aren't left out, either: iOS 4.3 also introduces Personal Hotspot for iPhone 4 only. Personal Hotspot allows you to share your 3G connection with your computer, via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

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