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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. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ODB25 View Post
      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
      You said it!

      Funny how people say its not a big update whether its the new iphone or iOS. It amazes me.

      Apple could find a cure for cancer and people would still talk **** and hate them!
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      That aside, I'm more annoyed the iPhones UI interface look is still on the ugly extremely outdated grey!
      Oh man, I couldn't agree with you more on that one. I hate that bubbly/ shiny/ happy/ sickening Apple design.
    1. Xenthis's Avatar
      Xenthis -
      Almost all of the changes have been Cydia tweaks for a while.

      Also - will the updates be forced?
      And if so- will they break your jailbreak

      OR WILL JAILBREAKING NOT EVEN BE AN OPTION?
    1. ta84's Avatar
      ta84 -
      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!
    1. 14u2nv's Avatar
      14u2nv -
      What percentage of Iphone/Ipod users use twitter enough for it to have been added? Did apple buy stock in them, and thus wants to make us join? Facebook would have been my first choice.
    1. h4ng0ver's Avatar
      h4ng0ver -
      Quote Originally Posted by ODB25 View Post
      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
      Say what? before the iphones, there were Windows CE phones, Palm OS phones, etc, it's more like Apple copied the ideas and made it better with the touch screen interface. Please research about posting craps, oh wait, you're prolly a 10 year old
    1. anekin007's Avatar
      anekin007 -
      Some of the features have been in the jailbreaking community for years. I'm worried about the OTA updates. I like my jailbreak apps and there are still plenty that won't be available from the new iOS. Having a jailbroken iPhone gives me the option to customize my iPhone to not look or sound like a person that walks or sits next to me.
    1. Thenextkiller's Avatar
      Thenextkiller -
      LockInfo lol
    1. ecksel02's Avatar
      ecksel02 -
      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!
      If you look at the screen shots on the apple site you'll notice it says you can reply from the lockscreen or any other app. So it looks like Quick Reply will be implemented in iOS 5.
    1. Tario70's Avatar
      Tario70 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ecksel02 View Post
      If you look at the screen shots on the apple site you'll notice it says you can reply from the lockscreen or any other app. So it looks like Quick Reply will be implemented in iOS 5.
      I saw zero quick reply in the keynote.

      Sliding a text message in the Notification Center opens the Messaging app for you to reply, not really quick-reply-ish if you ask me.
    1. dmbkiwi's Avatar
      dmbkiwi -
      The only area apple is innovating in is the marketing of other people's ideas:

      iOS5: innovating like a boss!
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Was hoping maybe for widgets, but at least they've got notifications right and loads of new features
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      The OTA updates are delta updates which means it only updates the files that have changes. You don't have to restore and re-write the whole OS. I think that's awesome. They would't ever force an update. At this point there's not a single instance that I can think of anywhere that forces updates... not Windows, not OSX, not Android, not Blackberry. They're not going to open that can of worms with their customers.
    1. Petrit H's Avatar
      Petrit H -
      So can anybody explain to me... will we have beta iOS5 or something tonight and should I update if we have one?

      thanks in advance guys
    1. DayumQuitPlayin's Avatar
      DayumQuitPlayin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Still no "quick reply" feature... disappointing. Def an improvement though.
      Yea, sucks. I was hoping they'd add that feature in with the new Notifications.
      I do like BiteSMS, but I'd rather iOS have that feature natively
    1. PathKiller29's Avatar
      PathKiller29 -
      haha.
      looks like someone spent time in cydia

      its all good though
      Attachment 529314
    1. cates044's Avatar
      cates044 -
      I'm guessing that those who are saying that this is a "great update" haven't owned the iPhone since the first release. If you have, then you must of had your head in the sand. I've basically been looking at the same operating system for 4 years now. It's time for a "real" update.
    1. purplemonkeyspank's Avatar
      purplemonkeyspank -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      Oh man, I couldn't agree with you more on that one. I hate that bubbly/ shiny/ happy/ sickening Apple design.
      Your sarcasm is both noted and pointless. Did you see mention any of that? I know you didn't but any excuse to try be a smartass, eh, fella  Now you mention it though, what IS apple's infatuation with glossy about? I can't think of a more inconsistent UI look than apple's iOS.

      And just so we're clear: how is a dull outdated grey happy and bubbly?
    1. Mr. Russian's Avatar
      Mr. Russian -
      wow i cant wait for the update
      it looks and sounds amazing
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cates044 View Post
      I'm guessing that those who are saying that this is a "great update" haven't owned the iPhone since the first release. If you have, then you must of had your head in the sand. I've basically been looking at the same operating system for 4 years now. It's time for a "real" update.
      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.