Apple Releases iOS 4.3, Safari 5.0.4

On Wednesday, Apple released iOS 4.3 for all iDevices sans the Verizon iPhone and AppleTV. Included are several enhancements like the Nitro JavaScript engine to improve Safari Web browsing speeds, extension of AirPlay support to all apps, and the Personal Hotspot used on the Verizon iPhone.

Additionally, there are improvements to iTunes Home Sharing, which allows users to access their content directly over wireless connections. Apple even added a Settings option to iOS 4.3 that allows users to select whether the hardware switch on the side of the iPad will be used to mute the device or lock the orientation.

Wednesday was also a big day for Apple in terms of Safari. Shortly after iOS 4.3 was rolled out, Safari 5.0.4 was similarly made available for download. Packed with a number of stability tweaks relating to plug-ins, bug fixes, and compatibility upgrades, Safari 5.0.4 features:

  • Improved stability for webpages with multiple instances of plug-in content
  • Improved compatibility with webpages with image reflections and transition effects
  • A fix for an issue that could cause some webpages to print with incorrect layouts
  • A fix for an issue that could cause content to display incorrectly on webpages with plug-ins
  • A fix for an issue that could cause a Screen Saver to appear while video is playing in Safari
  • Improved compatibility with VoiceOver on webpages with text input areas and lists with selectable items
  • Improved stability when using VoiceOver

iOS 4.3 and Safari 5.0.4 are available now for download from Apple and, of course, via Mac OS X via Software Update.