Apple Unveils iOS 4.3: FaceTime, Photo Booth, and Switch Options

iPad 2 Facetime

Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) unveiled a new version of its iOS software, version 4.3, during its iPad 2 event Wednesday.

Scott Forstall, head of iOS software development, provided a few highlights of the new release following the introduction of the iPad 2 by CEO Steve Jobs. Safari performance has been greatly enhanced, and a new feature called iTunes home sharing lets you stream files stored on your Mac or PC to your iPad.

The new software also works better with Apple TV and Apple’s AirPlay feature, allowing for more creative slideshows to be built on the iPad, Forstall said. He also addressed the infamous iPad switch debate: whether or not the switch should be used to mute the device or lock the iPad from rotating as the orientation of the device changes. Users will now be able to set their own preference for that hardware switch, he said.

Since the new iPad 2 has two cameras, Apple enhanced the software with photo apps, like Photo Booth. And, as expected, now that cameras are in play the iPad 2 can do Facetime, Apple’s video-calling application, as well as a new version of iMovie that lets you edit videos on your iPad 2.

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