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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 -
      Who cares if these new features are apparently "copying" other manufacturers? They're still good, useful features. Think of the first production car with xenon HID headlights in the mid 1990's. Many other car makes followed suit because it's a superior type of automotive lighting. Does that mean the other car manufacturers "copied" the first?

      This sounds like a great update to me. Hope it works okay with my 3GS, or maybe I'll just wait until we upgrade to the next iPhone (4S or 5 or whatever it may be).

      And count me as another who could care less about the Twitter crap.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      anyone who needs help installing Lion on a hackintosh or a unsupported mac ill be post some tuts soon.
    1. Tario70's Avatar
      Tario70 -
      A bit disappointed.

      None of the features really seem all that great.

      I'll still do cabled syncing for my Music (I'm not paying 25 bucks a year for music I already own)

      The notification system doesn't really appeal to me. Am I the only one who doesn't like mobile notifier?

      Looks like a next gen biteSMS will still be needed for my quick reply & compose.

      Overall, I'll upgrade my 3Gs to this before selling, however without a new hardware announcement this entire event felt deflated...
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Finally iMessages
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Is it JB yet
    1. matrixhunter's Avatar
      matrixhunter -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      Disappointing that many of these changes are copies from their competitors (Microsoft/Google/RIM) and third party developers. I was surprised they admitted some of their current offerings have "problems."
      and whats really gonna be dissapointing is that the next new iphone which will probably come in the fall with ios 5 is gonna look exactly the same as the iphone 4 except with betta specs thats whats most disspointing
    1. indyracer05's Avatar
      indyracer05 -
      How would we jailbreak then? If all our updates will be from the idevice? Then what would happen if we had it jailbroken, then updated wirelessly? would the update effect the jailbroken state? If so, what would happen?
    1. jordanemmet's Avatar
      jordanemmet -
      Anyone know where I can find the 'please please register my UDID so I can haz iOS 5.0 beta' thread?
    1. James360Petty's Avatar
      James360Petty -
      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.
      Why as a Jailbreaker should I be worried?
    1. LastSonOfKrypton's Avatar
      LastSonOfKrypton -
      I'm waiting to heard from Saurik, comex, chpwn, ect... I wanna know what OTA updates mean for jailbreaking. Jailbreakers have more or less all of these features and since iCloud supports 4.3 I see no need for iOS5 if it means no jailbreak.
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      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?
      yes yes THIS!!!<<
    1. ensigma's Avatar
      ensigma -
      Since iOS 5 isn't coming out until this fall, I'm assuming the next iPhone won't be released until this fall? I was hoping they'd announce for a sooner date. I guess Sept/Fall it is..
    1. LastSonOfKrypton's Avatar
      LastSonOfKrypton -
      Quote Originally Posted by James360Petty View Post
      Why as a Jailbreaker should I be worried?
      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.
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      Who cares if these new features are apparently "copying" other manufacturers? They're still good, useful features. Think of the first production car with xenon HID headlights in the mid 1990's. Many other car makes followed suit because it's a superior type of automotive lighting. Does that mean the other car manufacturers "copied" the first?

      This sounds like a great update to me. Hope it works okay with my 3GS, or maybe I'll just wait until we upgrade to the next iPhone (4S or 5 or whatever it may be).

      And count me as another who could care less about the Twitter crap.
      I care because there is no outside the box (innovative) forward thinking by Apple. They seem to be side stepping to keep up with what Microsoft/Google and in one case RIM already have. There were more than a few groans during the keynote from developers in the audience.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lamborghini615 View Post
      OMG!!!!! This has gotta be the best iOS that Apple has ever released
      There is a reason for that...... Apple is trying to kill the jailbreak scene. They are scouring the Jailbreak scene to see what is hot and why people jailbreak. They made a list and copied everything worth having. Effectively trying to (and successfully perhaps) kill the need to jailbreak at ALL.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LastSonOfKrypton View Post
      Now what if Apple forces you to update your phone? Bye bye jailbreak every new update.
      I highly doubt there would be any "forced" anything regarding OTA updates. There would likely be a notification that you could decline, just like you can decline an update when you plug your phone into iTunes at present time. And I'm sure there will be terms and conditions you have to accept saying you know it will use cell data if you're not on wi-fi when you download the updates, etc.

      If there's any "forcing" that happens I can already see a slew of lawsuits happening. Consumers have the right to stay on an older iOS whether it's currently supported or not.

      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      I care because there is no outside the box (innovative) forward thinking by Apple. They seem to be side stepping to keep up with what Microsoft/Google and in one case RIM already have. There were more than a few groans during the keynote from developers in the audience.
      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.
    1. ripped53's Avatar
      ripped53 -
      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 agree, I recently started using an HTC Inspire and as much as I'd like to remain in love with my 3GS, it just feels ancient, slow, and tiny now (even though it is jailbroken and does everything I want). I'm happy that iOS is being revamped, but other than the whole icloud thing and rich text, there isn't much that I see with iOS5 that android isn't already doing (that benefits or excites me). Now the multiple device sync and messaging integration will be awsome, bc I've got an ipad, iphone, and ipod (so they achieved a major milestone there), but man I hope the next iphone kicks azz!!

      They could have at least teased us with details of the next iphone to keep people from going over to the android darkside....looks like its time for me to get a 4G data plan... HA

      P.S....bc of the money I've spent on idevices and apps I now see how apple slowly leads us like lamps to slaughter. After spending so much money you've be a fool to completely jump ship.......
    1. LastSonOfKrypton's Avatar
      LastSonOfKrypton -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      I highly doubt there would be any "forced" anything regarding OTA updates. There would likely be a notification that you could decline, just like you can decline an update when you plug your phone into iTunes at present time. And I'm sure there will be terms and conditions you have to accept saying you know it will use cell data if you're not on wi-fi when you download the updates, etc.

      If there's any "forcing" that happens I can already see a slew of lawsuits happening.
      I completely agree. I'm just saying no one is certain on the future of jailbreaking at the moment. Right now biteSMS' quickreply feature is all iOS5 is missing to really make me happy. Yeah I love themes, iconoclasm, ect but that's the one feature I want on a stock OS. I've had my iPhone 4 since the day before release like some others on these boards. I went without a jailbreak until jailbreakme came along and that was the one feature I decided I missed the most.

      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      There is a reason for that...... Apple is trying to kill the jailbreak scene. They are scouring the Jailbreak scene to see what is hot and why people jailbreak. They made a list and copied everything worth having. Effectively trying to (and successfully perhaps) kill the need to jailbreak at ALL.
      Quick Reply and custom SMS tones and I'd be happy on a stock OS until the jailbreak was released.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by sickchris714 View Post
      no update for maps again!
      There is an update for maps, but that wasn't covered by the keynote speech.

      There are also location-based reminders, which I know will hurt some devs here.
    1. ODB25's Avatar
      ODB25 -
      Quote Originally Posted by purplemonkeyspank View Post
      5 years for a decent (I hope) notification system? Really, apple? AND it sounds like a copy of androids system! Then there's the iCloud that I believe amazon did 1st. What was the tag line from the last keynote thing again? "year of the copy cats" I recall. What a bunch of hypocrites apple are lol. That aside, I'm more annoyed the iPhones UI interface look is still on the ugly extremely outdated grey! I'm seriously starting to lose faith in apples ability to be original....
      Apple failing to be original? I mean they did create the iPhone which is just the phone that each company is trying to copy, no biggie right? I agree that iOS 5 isnt breaking any ground but jeez what else do you want these guys to do? These are things that were missing that everyone wanted, they deliver those things and now everyone still complains lol