Fragmentation Mystery: Why Is iOS 4.3 Listed For GSM iPhone-Only?
Today at their event in San Francisco, Apple showed off the new iPad 2 alongside a new version of iOS: 4.3. But the end of walk through was a bit odd. On screen, Apple showed that iOS 4.3 would be available for free on March 11 (iPad 2 launch day in the U.S.) for the iPhone 4 as well — but only the GSM version.
That seems to suggest that the Verizon iPhone won’t be getting the update — at least not on March 11.
As this was the end of the presentation, Apple didn’t say anything else about this. You can bet will be digging into this more shortly. But this is a bit confusing. The only reason I can come up with is that the CDMA version will just take a little bit longer to come out due to the slight different of the hardware.
Plus, the Verizon iPhone is already running a different iOS version (4.2.6) than the other iPhones out there. And that includes one of the main iOS 4.3 features: personal hotspot.