Even though it has been just a few days since iOS 4.3 Beta 2 was released to developers, people have been able to find a bunch of unreleased features deep inside the iOS 4.3 file system. It started with the revelation of the camera centric features slated to arrive on the iPad 2 and has now moved on to a couple of new social features.
In the earlier release, (iOS 4.3 Beta 1), there was evidence of Apple planning to include “Find My Friends” feature that would provide MobileMe users with real-time location data of their friends. Subsequently, folks at 9to5Mac have come across evidences of two new features called “Media Stream” and “Photo Stream” in iOS 4.3 Beta 2.
Media Stream seems to be a feature that is connected to the Find My Friends feature revealed earlier. As for Photo Stream, it looks to be a feature on the lines of Microsoft’s Kin Studio, which lets users upload and store the multimedia content on their phones to a cloud based storage service.
According to a description found inside the iOS 4.3 file system;
“Photo Stream uploads and stores the last thirty days of your photos on MobileMe and downloads them to all of your devices.”
9to5Mac also notes:
From the looks of different alerts and plists, it appears that Apple will let iPhone users set up “Photo Streams” that friends could “subscribe” to. Also, it looks like there will be some privacy preferences related to this, so you can choose who is allowed to view your “Streams.” With Photo Streams, you will also be allowed to “invite” other users to view your pictures as you take them and upload them to a service. This service looks like it is connected to MobileMe, and we speculate that “Media Stream” can be directly connected to “Find my Friends.”
There is also speculation that these social features would be part of a cloud based service that would be tied to Apple’s massive North Carolina based data center. What is currently not known is whether these features would make it to the final version of iOS 4.3.
What we do know is that Steve Jobs has in a mail earlier in 2010 said that MobileMe would get “a lot better” in 2011.
Do you think he was talking about the arrival of these features on MobileMe back then? Let us know in the comments section below!