Apple has just released iOS 4.3 for iDevices ahead of schedule. Some would say this is so that their servers will take less of a hit for downloads, seeing as the new iPad 2 will be released on what was to be the original date for iOS 4.3

iOS 4.3 brings with it a plethora of new features for your iDevice. These features include:

This update contains new features and improvements, including the following:
  • Personal Hotspot*
    Share iPhone 4 cellular data connection with up to 5 devices (combination of up to 3 Wi-Fi, 3 Bluetooth, and 1 USB)
  • iTunes Home Sharing
    Play music, movies and TV shows from a shared iTunes library on a Mac or PC (requires iTunes 10.2)
  • New AirPlay features**
    Play videos from the Photos app including the Camera Roll album, iTunes previews, enabled third-party apps and websites on Apple TV
    Play slideshows from Photos on Apple TV using transitions available on Apple TV
  • Faster Safari performance with Apple Nitro JavaScript engine
  • HD video out using the Apple Digital AV Adapter***
    View 720p HD videos from Videos app, iPod app, Photos, YouTube, Safari, Keynote, and enabled third-party apps on an HDMI display
  • Ping features
    Push notifications for comments and follow requests
    Post and Like songs directly from the Now Playing screen
    Parental controls
  • New Settings
    Messages setting for number of times to repeat an alert
    iPad side switch setting to lock screen rotation or mute audio notifications and sound effects
    Single tap conference call dialing with a pause to send a passcode
  • Bug fixes
*Requires iPhone 4 with tethering data plan
**Requires Apple TV (2nd generation) running software version 4.2 or later
***iPhone 4, iPad, iPod touch (4th generation) 

For information on the security content of this update, please visit:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

This update is available via iTunes.

Of course, it should be a given that if you enjoy your jailbroken device, and want to make sure you keep it jailbroken, you SHOULD NOT UPDATE. Again… IF YOU LIKE YOUR JAILBREAK, DO NOT UPDATE YET! – If however, you are not a jailbreaker and want to add some awesome functionality to your iDevice, just hook your device to iTunes and check for updates within iTunes. Click download when you’re ready

Direct links to the update downloads are listed below. If you decide to download and install the update, please note that you will lose your ability to jailbreak and unlock (temporarily). There will be nothing we can do to help you perform those actions, unless you are able to downgrade.

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