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  • Apple Unveils iOS 5 with New Features Galore


    Apple's iOS 5 is absolutely packed with new features. In the Keynote, they covered a dozen major new features, but mention that there are over 200 in all, including 1500 New APIs for developers.

    Before getting to them, Apple was sure to mention some impressive stats about the success of iOS, including stats that iOS is now 44% of the mobile OS market, making it number one. Apple has paid developers $2.5 Billion to-date for their applications, 14 Billion apps have been downloaded by 200 million iDevices, including 25 million iPads sold in just over a year of existence.

    Without further ado, here are the new features:

    Notifications: The new User Interface stacks all current notifications in a single logo. Notification Center lets you swipe down from within an app and see all of your current notifications in one place. No more cluttered springboard. This includes email, SMS, missed calls and voicemail. Notifications are now visible on the lockscreen, it actually looks a bit like the LockScreenInfo cydia tweak.

    Newsstand: It's now easier for publications to bring their magazines and news to iOS with Newsstand. The UI is very similar to iBooks. Apple showed images of Magazine covers from GQ, Esquire, and Elle. Newspapers mentioned included the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times. Newsstand will be standalone app, but function much like a folder, revealing all of your downloaded publications.

    Twitter Integration: As rumored, Twitter is deeply integrated into iOS 5. Applications can natively post directly to twitter. For more info check out the entire breakdown of Twitter in iOS 5 here.

    Safari: Safari is more robust in iOS 5. The most notable feature is tabbed browsing, with windows that can be moved to-and-from with quickness and ease.

    Reminders: iOS makes it easy for you to jot down small bits of information in an efficient and user friendly way with Reminders. You can assign contacts, dates, and locations to better serve that annoyingly forgetful noggin. Reminders can also be grouped into lists or categories. The reminders sync across all your iOS devices, and of course, with iCal.

    Camera: A camera button has been added to the lockscreen to allow for quick access. The volume-up bottom now allows you to take pictures. And there's no need to enter the passcode before flashing the shot, but your pictures stay protected. Photos can also be edited directly on the device, allowing users to crop, rotate, and even eliminate red-eye just moments after the shot is taken.

    Mail: Apple has added Rich Text Formatting for mail in iOS. It also allows users to control indentation, and users can now drag address to other sections, i.e. dragging a contact from "To:" to "BCC:" Messages can be flagged for later reading. Apple also adds in a built-in dictionary, and advanced security features.

    Split Keyboard: The keyboard can now be split in half on the iPad, allowing for easier thumb-messaging for those who are so inclined.

    PC-Free Activation and OTA Updates: In a widely expected move, iOS devices will no longer have to be tethered to a computer to activate and update. Users will now be able update over the air. The updates will be 'Delta Updates' meaning only the changed info will be downloaded, not the entire operating system as it is currently.

    Game Center: Game Center has been enhanced in iOS with new Friend discovery and Game discovery features. Users can find 'friends of friends' and find out the games they're playing as well.

    iMessage: Apple unveiled their own flavor of OS-wide messaging (like BBM), called iMessage. iOS 5 will allow iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches to seamlessly communicate. Users can send text, photo, video, contacts, and can even message groups. Also included are delivery receipts, read receipts, and typing notification (that sounds a whole lot like BBM to me). Conversations work across all your devices, start it on your iPhone, and pick up where you left off on your iPad. It works on both Wi-Fi and 3G.

    AirPlay Mirroring: Apple also mentioned towards the end of the iOS presentation that allows your iPad Screen to wirelessly mirror itself on your HDTV with an 2nd Gen Apple TV. If you ask me, it sounds like the HDMI out that Apple released just a few short months ago is obsolete.

    iOS 5 will be available for users "This Fall." The SDK is available to developers today.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 5: New Features Galore started by Matt Savoca View original post
    Comments 115 Comments
    1. avenger's Avatar
      avenger -
      Yeah...well done apple finally caught up to Android os system now for the hardware upgrade and you will have a good system to compete with
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      Of course it is, now that its loaded with Android, RIM and Windows Phone 7 features.

      Apple fanboys are always crying that others are copying from apple but now iOS 5 seems to be loaded with Android, RIM and Microsoft features.

      If any of these companies behave the way apple has (like suing HTC for using swipe to unlock) we should see a plethora of lawsuits soon.
      Lol, what a joke...I guess I shouldn't say I wasn't expecting someone to use, "apple fanboy" in a post after seeing the notifications center but still...so lame.

      Anyway, iOS 5 looks amazing, it's got some incredible stuff on it, can't wait to get it rollin' on my iPhone! Perfection yet again!

      Edit: Btw, the site is looking better, keep up the great work!
    1. epignosis567's Avatar
      epignosis567 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      Of course it is, now that its loaded with Android, RIM and Windows Phone 7 features.

      Apple fanboys are always crying that others are copying from apple but now iOS 5 seems to be loaded with Android, RIM and Microsoft features.

      If any of these companies behave the way apple has (like suing HTC for using swipe to unlock) we should see a plethora of lawsuits soon.
      i couldn't agree more. all of these "genius" features were genius-ly stolen from the jb community, as always. and apple has some real balls suing samsung and htc. do you think if apple was the first to come up with the "apple reader" to note articles, and then google came up with the "google reader" to note articles, that apple would sue the **** out of them?? and what's with apple's pricing guide for icloud? they list google music as costing $??? does apple not know how to spell FREE??? i guess it's not in their vocabulary.

      another wwdc full of stolen ideas and mediocre development.
      cue fan boy salivating...now.

      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Please share with us what features YOU would like to have seen in a "real update"... since the vast team of Apple engineers have let you down so much.
      ok, how about bluetooth, for starters? they advertise that it has bluetooth capabilities... let's start there.
    1. Tokyo's Avatar
      Tokyo -
      Hopefully a Redsn0w update will give us some of the 5.0 features on the iPhone 3G, like they did with 4.0. Simple features that can maybe run on it like iMessage, lockscreen camera, photo editing.
    1. g12007's Avatar
      g12007 -
      well i will still be using t-lert
    1. iN2K's Avatar
      iN2K -
      Wake me up when there is a jailbreak.
    1. Cid K's Avatar
      Cid K -
      Anybody have Dev account spots available... Please PM Me :-)
    1. krustypinoy's Avatar
      krustypinoy -
      Hopefully this doesn't mess up Jailbreak progress to much...
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Quote Originally Posted by krustypinoy View Post
      Hopefully this doesn't mess up Jailbreak progress to much...
      Just crazy where is the better google maps n also a better push service for the mail app. Well apple it's been Fun while it lasted.
    1. FleetGeek's Avatar
      FleetGeek -
      I wonder how the carriers are going to react to iMessage? Sure it may use up some of your data plan, rather than your free texts, but will your carrier try to milk you for it?? And what about encryption, seeing as BBM has been in trouble in a few places already!!
      A couple of jailbreak apps may fall by the wayside, but still going to be plenty required.
    1. EMH's Avatar
      EMH -
      Downloaded iOS 5 a few hours ago, and I've got to hand it to Apple- they've really gone all out on this update. Some of the smaller things not mentioned for us UI freaks are rounded switches (which I think is odd... I preferred the square switch buttons), more 'indented' lists in the Settings app, and black toolbars in Safari whenever Private Browsing is turned on. Great update, and really stable for a beta build as well.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ta84 View Post
      Apple has been disappointing for a very long time now. Since the 3GS, they haven't introduced anything even decent in comparison to Android phones. I have patiently held on to my 3G so I could update to the iPhone 5 (didn't wanna get locked into a contract by buying the iPhone 4), but I think it may be safe to say its time to jump ship. I mean, Apple isn't even updating key things that Android can do!

      Android maps is better.
      Android has voice to text.
      No quickreply in iOS5.

      These are things I expected to come from iOS5, but I guess not. I absolutely HATE maps on the iPhone, yet I always use maps and voice recognition is key. So what does Apple decide to do? Integrate Twitter (which many could care less for) and copy all other non-essential features.

      LOL, Apple completely failed here! Oh wait, I forgot the iCloud, a service to help make people dependent on their servers. Lol, see ya later alliga... I mean, Apple!
      A co-worker was just telling me today of an app he got for his new 8GB 3GS that converts speech to a text message. And no he's not the JB type so it's definitely out there in the App Store.

      Quote Originally Posted by FleetGeek View Post
      I wonder how the carriers are going to react to iMessage? Sure it may use up some of your data plan, rather than your free texts, but will your carrier try to milk you for it?? And what about encryption, seeing as BBM has been in trouble in a few places already!!
      A couple of jailbreak apps may fall by the wayside, but still going to be plenty required.
      My wife and I already use a 3rd party messaging app to keep from using up our 200 texts per month. Both of us are on wi-fi pretty much all day long so it definitely helps keep us within the texting budget. However all the 3rd party messaging apps I've tried have their pros and cons with little quirks here and there, so a native iOS messaging app is something welcome for us as it'll be better integrated.

      What worries me is all this iCloud automatic syncing and pushing of this and that all over the place between devices completely DESTROYING AT&T customers' 200MB and 2GB data plan caps. I really would like to know what the plan is there. I mean, it seems like a cool idea and all, but I may just have to opt-out of the cloud stuff completely because I cannot afford to pay ANY extra usage charges on my bill whatsoever.
    1. illinibball4232's Avatar
      illinibball4232 -
      i can already do most of this because i have a jailbroken ipod
    1. flippy's Avatar
      flippy -
      loads of original ideas
    1. James360Petty's Avatar
      James360Petty -
      Quote Originally Posted by LastSonOfKrypton View Post
      Because OTA updates have the potential to break the hole used in a jailbreak. Essentially there's 2 parts to a jailbreak. The hardware side and the software side. Now once the hardware side is open Apple can't fix this without releasing a new phone/ipod. Software is where they can patch holes. Remember when the comex brought jailbreakme.com back to life last August? Apple quickly released 4.0.1 to close this hole. Now what if Apple forces you to update your phone? Bye bye jailbreak every new update.

      If anyone has an open spot for me on their dev account. It would be greatly appreciated. Sorry I'm not paying though.

      You really believe that the "Auto Update" feature can't be manipulated to become an "Optional Auto Update" that's a simple piece of coding!
    1. KayeVee's Avatar
      KayeVee -
      Damn, I was hoping they would have widgets...
    1. banolka's Avatar
      banolka -
      iOS 5 on iPhone 3GS

      YouTube - ‪iOS5 beta 1 on iPhone 3GS - Demo‬‏

      iOS 5 on iPhone 3GS

    1. Hmar9333's Avatar
      Hmar9333 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      well since iOS is still the smoothest and most intuitive smartphone OS, I really could care less about "forward thinking", as long as it works. As long as it works, most any new feature is welcome by me, aside from things like the Twitter junk as I said earlier. I don't "tweet" and could care less about Twitter personally. I'd rather see Facebook integration myself, something that works better than the blasted FB app.
      You know, like, except for Windows Phone 7. Also, you want Facebook Integration? Windows Phone it.
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      I hope it doesn't look cluttered. I've always liked how Apple has kept the UI and everything real clean without stuff being put all over the place.
    1. Evilsaint's Avatar
      Evilsaint -
      I am pretty pleased with what they've done here fixed a
      Most everything that made me wanna jump ships to android this apart I'm pretty disappointed too why are we at the 5th gen where adding hardware buttons to take pics is a big feature.
      Oh well now this.
      Quote Originally Posted by jordanemmet View Post
      Anyone know where I can find the 'please please register my UDID so I can haz iOS 5.0 beta' thread?
      Cheers