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Home Sharing iPad iOS 4.3: Review, First Impressions

The recent news that iOS 4.3 went live for download was a shock to some today, which quickly followed with iPad and iPhone owners downloading the new firmware. This update includes some pretty cool features, but we wanted to touch on a quick iOS 4.3 review of one particular feature, Home Sharing.

This is just our first impression of Home Sharing for the iPad in iOS 4.3, which connects to Apple iTunes 10.2.1. The process of setting up was pretty simple, first you will need to make sure you have the latest iTunes update.

The first minute was working out how to setup Home Sharing in iOS 4.3, after checking that this setting was turned on in iTunes, we then looked at the settings on the iPad.

You need to navigate to settings, then click the iPod tab on the left, which leads to a screen showing Home Sharing. If you have only just updated to iOS 4.3, then you will need to fill in the Apple ID and Password boxes for Home Sharing to work. After doing this you will be able to connect to your iTunes library via the iPod or Video icons.

In Video or iPod you will see a home icon at the top left with Library next to it, by clicking this you will have options to connect to different libraries in your home. As long as you’re connected to the correct Wi-Fi network, you’ll be able to view all your content stored on the main computer via the appropriate icon (Video or iPod for music).

This feature is a major upgrade to the iPad, the bigger screen makes it perfect for watching movies and now the need to put all the latest movies on the iPad is gone, for home use anyway. This is another step towards Apple helping users not need a lot of storage space, the Cloud improvements will be next. My son has his own iPad, and now he can stream TV Shows and Movies direct from our vast collection stored on a Mac Mini and 4TB external drive. Apple has done it again with a nice update.

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