Here’s an interesting report for this week’s slow batch of rumors. It seems a sort of reliable source is stating that Apple’s plans for the next update of iOS, this time 4.3, are slated for Mid-December. According to the report:
When Apple didn’t know about the WiFi issues in the GM seed of iOS 4.2, the OS was scheduled to be released weeks before Nov. 22nd. Apple found out about the WiFi issues, released a second GM build and iOS 4.2 came out yesterday. It came out in November, but it should have been out in the first half of November. Anyway, before the WiFi issues were discovered, Apple was already planning to release a new build of iOS 4.x in mid-December. Most specifically, they were planning for an iOS 4.3 release on December 13th, which is a Monday.
Our source tells us it is unclear whether the “extra time” that was required to ship iOS 4.2 (actually, it’s iOS 4.2.1) will cause a delay for the rumored release of iOS 4.3 on December 13th or not. iOS 4.3 should, however, include bug fixes and maintenance of the code. It’s likely that 4.3 will also address the initial issues found in AirPlay, but we can’t confirm this just yet.
Other rumors have Steve Jobs planning a special event for December and all bells jingle new iPad News Paper, but it seems this figure requires a currently non existing subscription service for iOS that would most likely be pushed with iOS 4.3.
Our biggest take is that this will be all about the iPad and some fixes that AirPlay needs to get along well with third party apps. We’ll probably see a couple of bug fixes, or hey, with so much fragmentation lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple will stop supporting phone calls on the iPhone 3G. Considering the short time frame between the slow iOS 4.2 release and mid-December, I’d say there’s not much to wait for here.