iOS 4.3 Beta 2: Additional Functions For iPad

So far we have reported on iOS 4.3 a couple of times but the updates have mainly been ones that concern the iPhone 4. Some of them include updated camera effects and the personal hotspot feature. Now we wanted to inform you of what looks like an update to the iPad.

You may not yet be aware that the developer release of iOS 4.3 beta 2 has a mention of a new MobileMe Photo Stream picture synchronization feature, which AppleInsider say is part of a new Media Stream service; it also includes a standalone version of PhotoBooth and FaceTime for the iPad.

Apparently the new Photo Stream is a cloud sharing system; it will allow you to share photos as you take them automatically. There will be a system that you will need to setup which will act as a filter for those that you wish to be able to see the content, be it family or friends. In other words, if you were to take a picture on an iPhone and an iPad had access to the cloud, as soon as the picture has been taken it would be viewable on the iPad.

It sounds like an interesting feature but we are wondering how secure it will be and also could it be used for any other type of sharing? Could it be used for movies? For example, it could be done in a similar way to the method used with the Sony PlayStation 3 where you can share content from it onto handheld devices. This could be the start of something big.

As for the FaceTime and PhotoBooth apps for the iPad, this looks to us to be in preparation for the iPad 2. We have already seen various cases with holes cut out in specific locations for what looks like a rear facing camera, but another sought after feature is a front facing one. Have a look at the image below courtesy of AppleInsider.com.

Rosa Golijan of Gizmodo.com is reporting on how they have found what looks like the streaming service, 9to5 Mac have done a full report so head over and have a read.

What do you think of the news on the iOS 4.3 so far? Is there anything you would like to see added? Let us know in the comments below.