I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

iOS 4.3 Software Update

Along with iPad 2, Apple announced iOS 4.3 with be com­ing to an iDe­vice near you on Fri­day March 11th.
More free cool soft­ware is always a bonus and so I thought the biggest fea­ture in iOS 4.3 for me would be iTunes home shar­ing. I got extreme­ly excit­ed on hear­ing it would be arriv­ing on my iPhone 4. Why? Well this is how the iTunes page describes home shar­ing.

Browse iTunes libraries on up to five autho­rised com­put­ers on your home net­work and import what­ev­er you like. You can also auto­mat­i­cal­ly import new pur­chas­es made on any of the com­put­ers.

I make use of this fea­ture a lot with my iMac and Mac­Book Pro. Any pur­chas­es I make on my Mac­Book Pro are instant­ly copied over to my iMac and con­se­quent­ly backed up. It’s an excel­lent fea­ture and brings a lot of peace of mind that my iTunes pur­chas­es are backed up. In typ­i­cal Apple fash­ion I don’t have to think about it.
So when Engad­get informed me that iOS 4.3 was to bring home shar­ing to my iPhone I jumped for joy((Well lift­ed my arm up and said yes!)). The prospect of being able to wire­less­ly trans­fer my iTunes pur­chas­es from my iPhone to my oth­er Macs with­out hav­ing to remem­ber to plug it in is just what the doc­tor ordered. I envis­aged a moment where I would­n’t be caught out by for­get­ting to sync to get my lat­est Pod­casts. That is, until the iOS 4.3 page shat­tered my dreams.

Now you can play your entire iTunes library from any­where in the house. If it’s on your Mac or PC, you can play it on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch over a shared Wi-Fi network.3 And not just music. Watch a film or TV pro­gramme. Play a pod­cast. Or lis­ten to an audio­book. On whichev­er device you want — with­out hav­ing to down­load or sync.

It seems I’ll only be able to stream from my Macs and not have my Pod­casts auto­mat­i­cal­ly trans­fer to my iPhone once down­loaded. This makes me sad.
Aside from my dis­ap­point­ment in home shar­ing, I’m still look­ing for­ward to Air­Play becom­ing what I always hoped it would be and Per­son­al Hotspot arriv­ing for every­one.