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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. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      I would consider myself pretty darn computer-savvy, but let me tell you I had a good bit of problems with my phone on 4.0.1 JB'd using jailbreakme.com. Apps would freeze/crash several times a week. Maps, Camera, and Safari were NOTORIOUS for locking up on me. At one point it was so bad that EVERY SINGLE APP crashed out right after launching until I rebooted the phone.

      I don't think it's anyone's fault that it wasn't very stable. It just wasn't. I'm hoping my current 4.3.3 sn0wbreeze JB will work a bit better for me.
    1. fbiryujin's Avatar
      fbiryujin -
      They always say over 200 new features, but then only discuss 10 major ones. I'm really curious as to what the entire list of 200 features are. Can anyone point me to it?
    1. wesley98's Avatar
      wesley98 -
      oke some people are saying here they copied from android microsoft and RIM But i don't get RIM what does they steal from them?
      not imessage, cause before BBM there was another application for free messaging over the internet. and for bbm you need a special SIM :S
    1. sirbebe's Avatar
      sirbebe -
      I don't care how late apple is to show off these new tweAks apple will never lose customers due to the community iPhones have already!!!!
    1. wesley98's Avatar
      wesley98 -
      i don't get what they stealed from BlackBerry.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      messaging, because it's never been integrated into the phone before.
    1. desiking75's Avatar
      desiking75 -
      Quick question for anyone who may know, but for imessage on iphone, will you receive messages through your number or your apple id? Because if its number, your texts won't go to your other idevices and if its email, people will have to message to your email as opposed to your number as they are used to. Anyone know exactly how this will work?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Actually you can setup other emails to receive the messages. I have 2 emails setup and my number. A staff member has my number for text so it auto changes our text to imessages. Other staff have an email to imessage me. And the other email is a general email to be reached when I don't want the other email or number known.

      Be sure to change your caller ID to the number or the email that you want everyone to see.
    1. desiking75's Avatar
      desiking75 -
      Ah I see. But what if someone "imessages" me on my iphone's number? Will I be able to read that their message on, say my ipad, (if its logged in with the same email as the one my iphone has on it) even though the message was routed to my number?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I never got around to testing that on my iPad. It did have my first email on it but never received the messages. Put my iPad back to 4.3.3 because 5.0 none of the video apps work.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Looks like a nice upgrade. I sure hope the originators of all the tweaks that find their way into official iOS releases are getting compensated somehow. This one is loaded with them.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by matrixhunter View Post
      i agree this was the most stupidest event ever and i bet u in the fall when the new ios 5 comes out thats when they gonna announce the iphone 4s or 5 and its gonna look exactly the same as the current iphone 4 just with betta specs like they did with iphone 3g to to 3gs im so pissed off its not even funny
      Nah, they'll do what they've always done. Release new hardware with features that are compatible with previous generation hardware and lock it out. Watch, they'll release iOS 5 with features that don't work on the iPhone 4 because people will have to upgrade to get it. History proves so. Still excited, great looking OS.
    1. moorecreative's Avatar
      moorecreative -
      Really, i don't see anything worthwile here that I don't already have in my jailbroken iphone. Wireless update, have it; notification screen with swipe down, have it. Had all of those on the iphone3 actually.

      If anything, i'll lay a bet that all these new features make the iphone 4 run slower and hog more memory.

      not really excited about much here. nothing innovative or game changing. I agree with the people crying "catch up" and "copy"

      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      LOL, good one. This is a crazy-great update. Sure, it's adding stuff that others already have, but that doesn't make it any less useful.

      Until, that is, we get to the iCloud service. I hate Apple to its core, but this is one giant frikkin' Ace up their sleeve.

      Jailbreakers should be very, very worried.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      Nah, they'll do what they've always done. Release new hardware with features that are compatible with previous generation hardware and lock it out. Watch, they'll release iOS 5 with features that don't work on the iPhone 4 because people will have to upgrade to get it. History proves so. Still excited, great looking OS.
      From what I've heard the only thing in iOS 5 that won't be compatible or won't work on the 3GS is the native photo editing. Other than that everything about it is fully functional. So I would expect pretty much everything to be functional on iPhone 4.

      Quote Originally Posted by moorecreative View Post
      Really, i don't see anything worthwile here that I don't already have in my jailbroken iphone. Wireless update, have it; notification screen with swipe down, have it. Had all of those on the iphone3 actually.

      If anything, i'll lay a bet that all these new features make the iphone 4 run slower and hog more memory.

      not really excited about much here. nothing innovative or game changing. I agree with the people crying "catch up" and "copy"
      Well I don't know about you or anyone else, but given the choice of the same feature as a "jailbroken" add-on or integrated into the iOS, I'll take integrated any day of the week. In my experience features just seem to work and run better when integrated into the iOS instead of a JB hack.

      I know every messaging app I've tried (App Store and JB) is slow as fudge in some aspect or another, compared to the stock MMS app. I have high hopes that they'll make iMessage work just as well as the MMS app and we can leave the 3rd party apps behind.
    1. IB1GMANI's Avatar
      IB1GMANI -
      apple iphone is the best tust me i had a evo and when i came back to iphone it was night and day everything just works better and its great to see these new feature coming in ios 5 and cant wait to see whats going to be in cydia when that update comes out that means the dev will have so much more to work with