MacStories have reported that Apple may release its next major iOS update which will be 4.3 for iPhone, iPod Touch and other iOS devices on 14th February at 10 a.m. The iOS version to be released will be 4.3 which will also include potential fixes of several bugs and improved support for AirPlay, new mutltouch gestures, bug fixes, Personal HotSpot functions, iTunes Inn-App Subscriptions, and much more.
However, The Daily app released earlier, and that can be the evidence of the iTunes inn-app subscription feature, that requires APIs for all third party developers.
John Grubber shares an interesting view on the situation from his review of Verizon’s iPhone.
At some point in the next two weeks or so, Apple holds an announcement regarding in-app subscription APIs (and, I suspect, given this week’s news regarding in-app payments for third-party bookstores, other in-app purchasing changes). At this point, Apple releases a new version of iOS with support for in-app subscription purchasing and the Wi-Fi hotspot feature. I wouldn’t even be surprised if Apple releases that iOS update prior to February 10, the date the iPhone 4 is slated to arrive in Verizon customers’ hands.
That’s all truly just a guess on my part though. I could be wrong. For one thing, The Daily is an iPad-only app, and tethering is an iPhone-only feature. But I suspect that Apple now prefers to keep the iOS versions in sync between iPhone and iPad — and surely, there will be subscription payment apps that work on both devices.