iOS 4.3 Could Follow Just-Released 4.2 at Apple Event

Days after the release of Apple’s iOS 4.2 update for its mobile devices, speculation is rising that another update may be just around the corner. That would be an unusual move for the computer giant.

Apple hasn’t officially announced any event next month, but bloggers on Wednesday ran rampant with a report by John Gruber of Daring Fireball that a Dec. 9 event with News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and Apple CEO Steve Jobs could kick off an anticipated recurring subscription service for the iPad. Dec. 13 has also been mentioned in some reports.

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The rumored event might also feature the release of another incremental iOS update that would fix some bugs in the current version.

Apple didn’t respond to our request for comment about an upcoming event or the release of iOS 4.3.

Earlier this week Women’s Wear Daily reported that Murdoch has been working since May on an iPad-only news service, with no print edition or web site. While many publications have mobile applications, News Corp.’s The Daily, reportedly available for 99 cents per week and with an initial staff of 100, would be the first to cater directly to the iPad’s more than seven million users (and growing fast as holiday shopping begins).

iOS version 4.2 was delayed for reasons unspecified by Apple earlier this month and the version released on Nov. 22 was dubbed 4.2.1. The update added the ability to run more apps simultaneously and organize them in folders as well as AirPlay, which enables streaming of media via Wi-Fi from mobile devices to players, and AirPrint, to connect to remote printers.

Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, sees the rumored Apple event as a sign that “they are putting together some kind of specific capability related to media.”

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