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Mid-December Date for Apple 4.3 Release

Apple is to launch iOS 4.3 in mid-December, according to reports, less than a month after releasing the iOS 4.2 version which brought a number of new features to the iPad.

The key feature of iOS 4.3 is widely expected to be an application subscription service which will tie in with the launch of an iPad-only newspaper produced by News Corp called The Daily.

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is due to make a joint announcement with News Corp chief executive Rupert Murdoch on 9 December about the newspaper and software update.

The Daily will not be accompanied by a print or web edition, and is likely to cost just 99c (62p) a week because there are no printing or distribution costs. contacted Apple to confirm a release date for iOS 4.3 and The Daily, but the firm declined to comment on what it described as rumours and speculation.

IOS 4.2 was released on 22 November, brining the ability to multi-task, organise apps into folders, view messages in a unified inbox and wirelessly print and share media.

The usefulness of the iPad in the enterprise also received a significant boost with additional mobile device management capabilities. IT administrators can now wirelessly configure and update settings, monitor compliance and wipe or lock managed iPads.

Enterprises also have the ability to securely host and wirelessly distribute in-house apps to employees over Wi-Fi and 3G.

The 'Find My iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch' feature is now free, and allows users to locate missing devices on a map, and remotely lock and wipe them to protect privacy.

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