Apple's newest version of its iOS is out. Version 4.3.2 doesn't offer any groundbreaking advances, but it does fix some problems.
A problem with FaceTime video calls, where video froze or went blank, has been corrected. An issue that some international users were having with 3G networks when using an iPad with Wi-Fi and 3G has also been resolved.
4.2.7 for Verizon
There are also some security fixes, including a propensity to reject security certificates issued by certificate provider Comodo, a QuickLook vulnerability in infected Microsoft Office files, and a vulnerability to malicious web sites.
The iOS update, about 600MB, isn't available for Verizon's CDMA iPhone, but a 4.2.7 update for Verizon addresses the security fixes. Version 4.3.2 is intended for AT&T's GSM iPhone, the iPhone 3GS, iPad and iPad 2, and the third- and fourth-generation of the iPad touch.
The iOS can be updated by connecting a device to a computer and selecting "check for updates" in iTunes.
In addition to the iOS updates, Apple released Wednesday updates for its Safari browser to fix an issue relating to its acceptance of security certificates. The vulnerability could have allowed an attack utilizing fake SSL certificates for a "man in the middle" attack that could have obtained confidential information from a local network . The problem is related to a security problem that the iOS update also fixes, and a patch has been issued for Leopard Server and client, and for Snow Leopard.
iOS Versus Android
The iOS update comes as Apple's OS is in a race with Android for platform position, such as in the revenue-generating areas of ads and applications. Independent mobile -ad network InMobi recently reported that, according to its network data , ad impressions on Android devices have passed those on iOS globally.
In its Mobile Insights Report: Global Report March 2011, InMobi found that Android's share of ad impressions was 34.4 percent, while the share for iOS was 29.2 percent. This compares to 30.4 percent in December for Android and 19.4 percent for iOS. Research In Motion's BlackBerry platform was third with 12.1 percent in March and 11.6 percent in December.
But when measured by application revenue, Apple's iOS still ranks first. According to a report for March from another mobile-ad network, Mobile Mix, apps for iOS represented 47 percent of the total. Android was ranked second at 36 percent, others -- that is, Windows Phone 7, Symbian and Palm -- were 10 percent, and RIM was seven percent.
Mobile Mix's assessment of its ad impressions show iOS growing 29 percent in March, compared with the same month in 2010, while Android's impressions grew 23 percent month over month. It listed the iPad's ad impressions separately, growing seven percent, while RIM's increased 14 percent and Symbian four percent.
In worldwide market share, Mobile Mix found that Android exceeded iOS in the fourth quarter of last year.