Apple Seeds iOS 4.3 Golden Master to Developers

Apple has just released the golden master version of iOS 4.3. iOS 4.3 includes personal hotspot, a faster Safari engine, new AirPlay features and more. The public release of iOS 4.3 launches March 11th alongside the iPad 2.

The update is available in versions for the iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and third- and fourth-generation iPod touch, while the iPad 2 will of course also ship with iOS 4.3 installed.

The new 4.3 firmware will include many new improvements, including enhanced AirPlay and Personal Hotspot support.

If you are a paid developer, head on over to the Apple iOS developer site to download your SDK and firmware. You will need to sign in with your credentials in order to get behind the paid firewall for these items.

Apple officially launches Joint Venture for Small Businesses

Even though  Apple didn’t mention it during their iPad 2 event, they have indeed as rumored, rolled out their new small business support program, Joint Venture. Here’s what Apple has to say about the new program:

Joint Venture is a program designed to help you use Mac, iPhone, and iPad to improve the way your business runs. We’ll set up your new Apple products, train your employees to get the most out of them, and make sure everything stays working with dedicated support.

Not only will Apple help you setup new systems for your business with software installation and data transfer, they’ll also train your employees on an on-going basis, allowing companies to schedule up to three two-hour training sessions per year for their employees.


Joint Venture will also support your business in times of crisis, offering access to the Genius Bar as well as telephone consultations, priority access for in-store appointments and even loaner notebooks in the form of MacBook Pros and MacBook Air for while your office machines are in for repair.

A pretty compelling offer, especially for the price: coverage begins at $499 per year for up to five system, with each additional system coverable for $99.