iOS 5 Preview: Major changes in iOS 5 based on WWDC 2011

Honestly I had some time ago to hand on iPad 2. And unfortunately it is not mine. When looking at the website and see first hand, the more I love this device.

iOS 5 Feature
iOS 5 Feature

External appearance is very attractive and advanced features offered are very tempting. Moreover, supported by the OS that is extraordinary, pampering us with an interesting variety of applications. I also continue to follow the news and information related iPad 2. And the latest news that I can is Apple unveils IOS 5, iCloud, iMessage update at WWDC 2011. And will I share this information for you.

After we have waited long enough readers, finally there is good news for you, the users of iPad and iPad 2. The good news is Apple Unveils a major update to its mobile operating systemwith iOS 5, which includes integration with Apple’s new cloud service and features a brand new messaging system. The update is slated to launch in the fall.

Apple has high hopes for the new iOS, and many of the features seen will make iOS 5 one of the most advanced mobile OS platforms to date. Apple claims to have over 200 new features available for iOS 5, but highlighted only a small number during the Keynote. Here are the major changes in iOS 5:

1. Notification Center

Notifications will be collected in the Notification Center, which users will access by swiping down from the top of their device. The Notification Center will feature weather and stocks at the top of the screen, and other notifications like call and SMS alerts under that.

2. Newsstand

Apple’s new hub for newspapers and magazines will be accessible via the App Store in iOS 5. Newsstand will support background downloading and manage user’s various subscriptions over the service.

3. PC Free

Apple iPad and iPad 2 (and iPhone) owners will no longer have to wire into a desktop or laptop and launch iTunes to receive future iOS updates. All future software updates will be delivered over the air.

4. Twitter Integration

Users can sign in to Twitter once on their iOS 5 device, then have full access and the ability to tweet across all Twitter-enabled apps on the device.

5. New Multitouch Gestures

iOS 5 now supports four- and five-finger swipes, which now pull up the multitasking bar and swiping between apps. Also users can now pinch to return to the homescreen.

6. AirPlay Video Mirroring

Apple iPad 2 owners can now mirror their iPad 2 display wirelessly to an HDTV through Apple TV. Through mirroring, users can display iPad 2 screen as it is, including all navigation, on a large-screen HDTV.

7. Safari Updates

Safari now has a reader mode that is similar to the computer model, which eliminates ads and unimportant text on an article. More so, users can save webpages in a “Reading List” which can be synced up to multiple devices. A new tabbed browsing interface also creates a more powerful web browsing experience.

8. Reminders

Adding Todo lists, setting reminders for certain dates, and setting reminders for reaching a certain geo-location are some of the powerful new features of Reminders. People can now set a reminder upon reaching a certain location, or based on leaving a different location. For example, if you want to remember to call somebody when you get to a specific location, Reminders can tell you, regardless of when you arrive, just simply based on the geo-coordinates.

9. Camera

With the iPhone being the most popular phone camera used today, Apple has made it even easier to take a quick picture. The lock screen now has a photo button that allows you to quickly open up the Camera application. More so, the volume up button doubles as a shutter, creating a tactile button for taking pictures. Basic photo-editing is now supported, with an auto-touch feature, red-eye removal, and cropping available.

10. Mail

Mail now has the ability to handle rich-text formatting, indentation control, draggable addresses, and flagging important mail. This enhances the quality of emails sent from the iPhone directly by allowing for some basic formatting, along with an easier handling of incoming mail. There is now a built-in dictionary as well, with built-in spell checking. With the iPad, a new “thumbs-only” keyboard is also available, as another option for typing emails.

11. “PC Free”

Currently, all iOS devices must be connected to a computer before they can be used. Not anymore. Apple is allowing setup and activation on the device itself. This means that there will be over the air software updates and wireless syncing, both 2 major features consumers were hoping for.

12. Game Center

Making Game Center a more social experience, Apple is adding turn-based game support and built-in game downloads. With the ability to post a profile picture, meet new people based on currently played games, and new game discovery, the social experience missing from Game Center is coming.

13. iMessage

Messages on the iPhone are great, but they’re only on the iPhone, until now. Apple is adding the ability to send messages to any iOS 5 device. Messages can include text, photos, videos, and more. With delivery and read receipts, the ability to see when somebody is typing, secure encryption, and group messaging, iMessage will bring the messaging power to all iOS users.

Tying all of these changes together with iCloud and Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 hopes to be one of the most powerful mobile platform available. And we all expect the best from the work of Apple, continue to follow its development with us.



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