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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. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by James360Petty View Post
      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!
      The main threat to the jailbreak community is making users decide between the advanced syncing features of iCloud, or the sometimes rickety, amateur versions from the Cydia store. Yes, there will always be exceptions because the overall motivation of jailbreak devs is to add content that is not there, so in their nature they exist between the cracks, and always will.

      However, iCloud is different. iCloud is based on a multi-billion-dollar farm of computers/ infrastructure. That is something that no jailbreak, 3rd party dev can compete with. It's exactly the direction Apple should be moving, and it was very smart of them to go that route.

      Yes, this feature will undoubtedly be disabled, but turning off the feature is the main threat to jailbreakers. Who's going to want to jailbreak and lose all their syncing features? Apple is essentially offering its users a crossroads option; come with us and enjoy these features, or go with jailbreaking and lose them.

      If you're not worried about this, you should be! The threat is greater than ever. Especially if you like themes.

      Themes/ mods are made by regular people, and if those regular people can't afford two devices - one jailbroken, one vanilla - you'll lose that dev and their unique artistic visions.

      My dream is for Apple to offer a theme store. Most of the 200,000,000 or so iDevice owners in the world don't pirate their programs - but I'd bet a huge majority of jailbreakers do so simply to get free stuff. My own theme has maybe a 100:1, pirate:buyer ratio. Maybe higher.

      Even with iCloud, it may not be enough to entice me away from jailbreaking, but I'm one of the relative few that can actually make money with a jailbroken device, but most people don't have that kind of incentive. If all the rats leave the sinking ship, so to speak, it will leave us less incentive to keep doing what we do.

      This is nothing new. We've known from the beginning that the relative success of the jailbreak scene depends completely on our ability to offer what Apple can't/ won't. It's always been a threat, and even if Apple doesn't seal the deal with iCloud, if you're smart you'll understand the added pressure this places on us.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      The main threat to the jailbreak community is making users decide between the advanced syncing features of iCloud, or the sometimes rickety, amateur versions from the Cydia store. Yes, there will always be exceptions because the overall motivation of jailbreak devs is to add content that is not there, so in their nature they exist between the cracks, and always will.

      However, iCloud is different. iCloud is based on a multi-billion-dollar farm of computers/ infrastructure. That is something that no jailbreak, 3rd party dev can compete with. It's exactly the direction Apple should be moving, and it was very smart of them to go that route.

      Yes, this feature will undoubtedly be disabled, but turning off the feature is the main threat to jailbreakers. Who's going to want to jailbreak and lose all their syncing features? Apple is essentially offering its users a crossroads option; come with us and enjoy these features, or go with jailbreaking and lose them.

      If you're not worried about this, you should be! The threat is greater than ever. Especially if you like themes.

      Themes/ mods are made by regular people, and if those regular people can't afford two devices - one jailbroken, one vanilla - you'll lose that dev and their unique artistic visions.

      My dream is for Apple to offer a theme store. Most of the 200,000,000 or so iDevice owners in the world don't pirate their programs - but I'd bet a huge majority of jailbreakers do so simply to get free stuff. My own theme has maybe a 100:1, pirate:buyer ratio. Maybe higher.

      Even with iCloud, it may not be enough to entice me away from jailbreaking, but I'm one of the relative few that can actually make money with a jailbroken device, but most people don't have that kind of incentive. If all the rats leave the sinking ship, so to speak, it will leave us less incentive to keep doing what we do.

      This is nothing new. We've known from the beginning that the relative success of the jailbreak scene depends completely on our ability to offer what Apple can't/ won't. It's always been a threat, and even if Apple doesn't seal the deal with iCloud, if you're smart you'll understand the added pressure this places on us.
      Why are you stereotyping jailbreakers as pirates/thieves? I don't really appreciate that. I JB'd my phone to get some cool, useful features from Cydia that Apple doesn't currently offer. But I never, I repeat NEVER, EVER pirate or steal otherwise paid apps and rob developers of proceeds they should rightfully be receiving.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Definitely the best IOS apple has ever released.
    1. texascop's Avatar
      texascop -
      I don't post alot, but i do read this site on a fairly regular basis.
      That being said, i would dread giving up my biteSMS! Some features look interesting, some are "meh".

      Wondering, since iBooks, works the best imo, are we gonna get
      dark/night reading feature yet? I was using Stanza till it got glitchy, now I'm using Kobo. Would rather use iBooks.
      Anyone know?
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      Why are you stereotyping jailbreakers as pirates/thieves? I don't really appreciate that. I JB'd my phone to get some cool, useful features from Cydia that Apple doesn't currently offer. But I never, I repeat NEVER, EVER pirate or steal otherwise paid apps and rob developers of proceeds they should rightfully be receiving.
      It's not a stereotype when the majority of people jailbreak to pirate. WE (legit jailbreakers) are the minority in an already small minority (people who jailbreak at all)
    1. iphone565's Avatar
      iphone565 -
      anyone just notice modmyi posted an article on "how ios 5 is available to the public without a developer account NOW" AND THEN TOOK IT DOWN?!?!?

      How to Upgrade to iOS 5 Today, Without Any Developer Account
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      It's not a stereotype when the majority of people jailbreak to pirate. WE (legit jailbreakers) are the minority in an already small minority (people who jailbreak at all)
      What led you to believe that the majority of JB'ers do it to pirate apps? Is there some statistical data to confirm that? If so then I will consider myself a "legit" jailbreakers if there is such a thing lol

      Quote Originally Posted by iphone565 View Post
      anyone just notice modmyi posted an article on "how ios 5 is available to the public without a developer account NOW" AND THEN TOOK IT DOWN?!?!?

      How to Upgrade to iOS 5 Today, Without Any Developer Account
      What's the big deal? I sure wouldn't want to do that and then have my phone essentially turned into an iPod Touch. Also, what do you think installing iOS5 beta would do for basebands???
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iluvmine View Post
      apple is starting to become a joke... android, windows 7 and RIM already have these similar features, and apple introduces them today like its cutting edge.. stop it i say! apple better get ahead of the game before it loses a lot of customers..
      I also agree. The new features are cutting edge for apple products unless you have a jailbroken device. All apple does now is just take ideas from Cydia developers which I'm not saying it's a bad thing. It's good to add in features that people want but the new features really isn't that new and cool if it's already been released a long time ago.
    1. Spaceman1701's Avatar
      Spaceman1701 -
      Anyone know where a person can find a list of the 200+ new features to IOS 5? I would really like to see them incorporate something really simple, like being able to customize the icons. The really only thing I miss about not being able to JB the Ipad 2(and SBSettings, lol).
    1. batemanesque's Avatar
      batemanesque -
      the first iOS5 beta seems great so far - haven't noticed any major bugs/issues, and the only major feature missing is WiFi sync. pretty hyped about that though.

      mod edit: removed
    1. brownan's Avatar
      brownan -
      iOS 5 is amazing so far, i've found one glitch though on my iPad, i was trying to delete a photo and the Photos app kept crashing

      anyone else have problems when trying to delete photos on the iPad 2?
    1. batemanesque's Avatar
      batemanesque -
      @brownan pretty sure a few other people have reported issues like that, also w/ moving photos w/in albums I think. might even be in the release notes.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by batemanesque View Post
      the first iOS5 beta seems great so far - haven't noticed any major bugs/issues, and the only major feature missing is WiFi sync. pretty hyped about that though.

      mod edit: removed
      See here regarding rules on UDID dev slots selling: Rules regarding device registration for beta firmwares
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Couple things I've noticed playing around with iOS5 on the iPhone 4.

      1) There are no system wallpapers under settings. Its empty when you click on it.
      2) Whenever the popup window comes up telling you there is a wifi signal in range, the window is empty.

      I hope they add the weather widget to the lock screen and not just the notification center.

      Really diggin the lock screen camera access. Makes catching that picture of a UFO or bigfoot really fast and easy!
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      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?


      I have a dev acct....that's all im gonna say about that


      now then,

      @Poseidon, in reference to what you said at the bottom of page 3:

      Personally I don't see what the big deal is with everyone crying about updates. I think at the end of the day people for get this thing is just a PHONE, I don't need loads and loads of features. I need apps to help make certain things easier, which I have. I need a decent browser for occasional searches....and that in tandem with the Google and AroundMe apps is perfect, b/c at the end of the day i really look to my phone when i'm searching for a place...an address, a number, etc. I have factory navigation (Avalanche LTZ) but the Navigon by FAR outdoes that! Better, more colorful and informative interface (even vocal warnings for going over posted speed limits) and the best part, spoken street names! i think a customizable widget screen (a la OS X Lion) would be nice....i hate having to start up the ESPN app everytime i want to get to the latest scores, for example. Being able to check my bank balances, pay bills like my car insurance, AT&T, etc...i'm good with that already. the notifications are cool, the iMessage is cool (thought I could've stood to have more of an iChat Mobile kinda deal), and im great with email and what not...the only thing I have yet to see is attaching things while already IN the mail app. Personally without unlimited tethering I'll always want to jailbreak (thank you PDAnet). Again, it's a PHONE to me so it' more of a PDA which is what it needs to be. I dont need a 30MP camera and all this other crap people cry about. I'd like to have my videos emailed/MMS'd with the same quality they are recorded with, and perhaps some alternative security options for unlocking...even a tap to unlock option is ok with me, sliding gets annoying after a while. The new twitter integration is cool, but something in the realm of qTweeter would've also been nice. hmm..what else....hackless themes. that alone would bring a whole new dimension to the app store.

      simple things, like being able to change your homescreen app names without the hack. too many things to name but trust me they're all little things. Once again, i think people forget it's just a phone at least, and a PDA at best. I've only installed iOS5 on my iPad 2. the iPhone 4 is still 4.2.1, JB'd to the fullest.
    1. cuzz501's Avatar
      cuzz501 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iluvmine View Post
      apple is starting to become a joke... android, windows 7 and RIM already have these similar features, and apple introduces them today like its cutting edge.. stop it i say! apple better get ahead of the game before it loses a lot of customers..
      Truth is that most of these features were developed over the last few years by JailBreaking developers. I agree that the other OS's have similar features but the truth is that Apple Perfects them, and their UI is untouchable by all others.
    1. imbroken's Avatar
      imbroken -
      At the end of the day its just a phone and you don't have to buy them.
    1. etorymd's Avatar
      etorymd -
      Quote Originally Posted by cuzz501 View Post
      Truth is that most of these features were developed over the last few years by JailBreaking developers. I agree that the other OS's have similar features but the truth is that Apple Perfects them, and their UI is untouchable by all others.
      I have had jailbroken iPhones for the last couple of years as I have always felt the desire to have many of the features Apple refused to provide in their iOS. When the iOS5 update comes, I don't think I will be jailbreaking my iPhone. I am getting tired of the reloading/rebooting/freezing but was always willing to put up with it because of the advanced features. One of the features I would miss with jailbreaking is the themes. However, since the cat & mouse game with a flurry of recent updates by Apple (admittedly minor that I didn't need to update) most of my themes are not compatible because the themers don't desire to or can't keep up.

      I have had an iPad 2 for two months with absolutely no desire to jailbreak. While the native iPad may not give me the flexibility to use it to its capabilities, I love being able to use it without freezing or having to reboot.

      I don't have any issues with Apple. They may take their time in updating the OS and/or devices behind other makers, but when they do things, they do it right.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by etorymd View Post
      I have had jailbroken iPhones for the last couple of years as I have always felt the desire to have many of the features Apple refused to provide in their iOS. When the iOS5 update comes, I don't think I will be jailbreaking my iPhone. I am getting tired of the reloading/rebooting/freezing but was always willing to put up with it because of the advanced features. One of the features I would miss with jailbreaking is the themes. However, since the cat & mouse game with a flurry of recent updates by Apple (admittedly minor that I didn't need to update) most of my themes are not compatible because the themers don't desire to or can't keep up.

      I have had an iPad 2 for two months with absolutely no desire to jailbreak. While the native iPad may not give me the flexibility to use it to its capabilities, I love being able to use it without freezing or having to reboot.

      I don't have any issues with Apple. They may take their time in updating the OS and/or devices behind other makers, but when they do things, they do it right.
      What's with this mystical (mythical?) reloading/rebooting/freezing some people talk about? Are they just not doing it right? I've never had my device reload or reboot or freeze. No, I'm sorry, once (ONCE) it crashed to safe mode - but I knew why and I fixed it in about 20 seconds (it was caused by an error in a Cydia program).

      So, I kind of agree with you - jailbreaking isn't for everyone: If you don't know what you're doing, DON'T Jailbreak! Jailbreaking is only for people that want to have a personal, unique computer in their pocket. If your desire is to be one of the sheep; to be the good little consumer that Apple wants you to be (kittens*, gumdrops*, smiles*), then by all means DO NOT Jailbreak.

      I know, that's pretty darn sarcastic of me to say, and I hope you really don't take offense - it's just that, well... some people just shouldn't jailbreak. Really. People ask me about jailbreaking all the time, and the first thing I ask them is, "Are you computer-savvy?," and if they say no then I tell them not to do it ("Your phone will explode, don't do it!" - then they never ask me about it again). Learning about the ins and outs of computers, even mobile computers, is a time-consuming process. It's taken me years to learn what I have, and I still haven't even scratched the surface of some of the things I could do to further personalize my device. There's just so much to learn, if you're not focused and dedicated then jailbreaking is NOT for you - you're just not the kind of person that should do it. You've got to really want it. You've got to be a "break barriers" type of person - an aggressive individualist of sorts.

      Jailbreaking is a choice that you have to make for the right reasons. If it's annoying, or if you can't/ won't search for answers (every answer I've ever had about jailbreaking/ themes/ theming is out there, trust me) - then you should maybe take a break from it and come back at another time when you've gathered the patience.

      Actually, with iOS 5 coming out, this is the one time I can say "I don't blame you" if you decide not to jailbreak. It will be a blow to the jailbreak community I'm sure, but one way or another, those that want it enough will find a way. I'm just really interested to see who will stay and who will go. I'll be jailbreaking for the rest of my life - I'm sure of it. Making themes for the iPhone has turned this small computer into a modern work of art. Truly. I often can't believe how amazing a creation Apple has given us. I'm excited to see what they'll come up with five, ten, or twenty years from now! But that's for another post!
    1. etorymd's Avatar
      etorymd -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      What's with this mystical (mythical?) reloading/rebooting/freezing some people talk about? Are they just not doing it right? I've never had my device reload or reboot or freeze. No, I'm sorry, once (ONCE) it crashed to safe mode - but I knew why and I fixed it in about 20 seconds (it was caused by an error in a Cydia program).

      So, I kind of agree with you - jailbreaking isn't for everyone: If you don't know what you're doing, DON'T Jailbreak! Jailbreaking is only for people that want to have a personal, unique computer in their pocket. If your desire is to be one of the sheep; to be the good little consumer that Apple wants you to be (kittens*, gumdrops*, smiles*), then by all means DO NOT Jailbreak.

      I know, that's pretty darn sarcastic of me to say, and I hope you really don't take offense - it's just that, well... some people just shouldn't jailbreak. Really. People ask me about jailbreaking all the time, and the first thing I ask them is, "Are you computer-savvy?," and if they say no then I tell them not to do it ("Your phone will explode, don't do it!" - then they never ask me about it again). Learning about the ins and outs of computers, even mobile computers, is a time-consuming process. It's taken me years to learn what I have, and I still haven't even scratched the surface of some of the things I could do to further personalize my device. There's just so much to learn, if you're not focused and dedicated then jailbreaking is NOT for you - you're just not the kind of person that should do it. You've got to really want it. You've got to be a "break barriers" type of person - an aggressive individualist of sorts.

      Jailbreaking is a choice that you have to make for the right reasons. If it's annoying, or if you can't/ won't search for answers (every answer I've ever had about jailbreaking/ themes/ theming is out there, trust me) - then you should maybe take a break from it and come back at another time when you've gathered the patience.

      Actually, with iOS 5 coming out, this is the one time I can say "I don't blame you" if you decide not to jailbreak. It will be a blow to the jailbreak community I'm sure, but one way or another, those that want it enough will find a way. I'm just really interested to see who will stay and who will go. I'll be jailbreaking for the rest of my life - I'm sure of it. Making themes for the iPhone has turned this small computer into a modern work of art. Truly. I often can't believe how amazing a creation Apple has given us. I'm excited to see what they'll come up with five, ten, or twenty years from now! But that's for another post!
      Ninety-five percent of your reply was reasonable and I agree wholeheartedly with what you are saying. However, I could do without your snarky, uppity reply regarding being a "sheeple", blah, blah, blah. I figured someone would reply in a snobbish manner having searched out questions to answers I have had dozens of times with my Apple devices and seeing too numerous to count unprovoked pinhead responses.

      As far as "not doing it right", I don't know what you mean. I have jaiilbroken my phone and my wife and kids' phones many times over. Yes, I have screwed up some, but I have searched out answers on my own literally for hundreds of hours and have been successful at finding the answers with much, much patience. If you are going to insinuate that I don't experience bugginess, lag, crashing, etc. because I did something wrong you are very mistaken.

      I have plenty of intellect and patience for doing things...that are important to me. Jailbreaking was fun for a while. I knew there would come a time when Apple would make jailbreaking unnecessary for me with the appropriate update. This may be it...but then again I may get the itch to be the pioneer you supposedly appear to be and hold off updating to iOS5 until a jailbreak comes out.

      Jahooba, look at last two letters of my screen name. I don't know what you do for a living, but my guess is if you tried to do what I do, you would wet your little panties. Patience, attention to detail, responsibility and diligence are part of every minute of every day at my job. I've developed some very thick skin in the process after thousands of hours of practice and study.

      Thanks for most of your input. You make some very valid points and in essence, I agree. Jailbreaking is a challenge that entices some. I'm just not sure I am in that camp anymore.