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Apple Details iOS 5 Features for iPhone

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Jun 6, 2011, 1:03 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Jun 6, 2011, 1:26 PM

During the keynote address at its WorldWide Developer's Conference, Apple today provided details about what iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users can expect to see in iOS 5. Apple called it a major new release, with 200 new features and 1,500 new APIs for developers. A significant change to iOS 5 will include a revamped Notification Center, which offers all notifications accessible from a drop-down shade (similar to Android). Notifications can appear here from apps such as email, the calendar, stocks, weather, SMS, Twitter, and include animations and alerts. iOS 5 will include a new lockscreen that contains a better view of notifications. iOS 5 adds a new application called Newsstand, which will be a way for newspapers and magazines to sell content to iOS users. Newsstand can download new issues/content in the background, so it is always up-to-date. iOS 5 adds native Twitter support across the platform, such as the camera, photo library, Safari, YouTube, Maps, and contacts application. iOS 5 makes changes to the Safari web browser, including an easier-to-read format, a Reading List for saving articles (syncs across iOS devices), and full tabbed browsing. Another new application is called Reminders, which serves to help with note-taking and other repetitive tasks, This app will be location aware, and can trigger alerts based on user location. Changes to the camera application include a lock-screen shortcut to the camera for faster access, the volume up key on the iPhone will become a physical shutter button when in camera mode, pinch-to-zoom will work instead of the slider for zooming in on subjects, and iOS will be able to perform edits on photos, such as cropping, red-eye reduction, and enhancements. The mail application gains rich text formatting, indentation control, better message search, message flagging, and support for encrypted email. iOS 5 also adds support for PC-free syncing: users will be able to buy iOS-based devices and activate them without the need to hardwire sync with a PC. Software updates for iOS devices will also be performed over the air. iOS 5 ushers in iMessage, a new, BBM-style messaging service for all iOS devices that encompasses texts, photos, video, contacts, group messaging, and more. It includes features such as delivery receipts, read receipts, and it works over 3G, Wi-Fi, and is encrypted. Other features include more multitasking gestures, iPhone mirroring on TVs, and more. iOS 5 will be available in the fall.

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justfinethanku

Jun 6, 2011, 2:07 PM

I can't think of a SINGLE THING Apple didn't fix.

Every single major problem or complaint people had with the iPhone or iOS devices in general have been fixed with this announcement.

It's going to be hard to be an Apple hater for a while.
too soon..people will find a way to come out and say their phone is better regardless of what Apple does.

I don't want to wait until Fall to get this update, I want it now!
I just hope it's not TOO much like the Android OS though.

Even if some of the features are similar, I'm still willing to bet the execution will not remind us of Android at all.

People say that Apple is behind the curve for wirless phone technolo...
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Pinch-to-zoom with the camera app is very cool.
justfinethanku said:
Every single major problem or complaint people had with the iPhone or iOS devices in general have been fixed with this announcement.

It's going to be hard to be an Apple hater for a while.


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And every single one of these features, so far as I can tell comes from Android or Windows Phone 7....

You know what they say about imitation....

Yeah, making iOS more like Android and Windows Phone is something I support
every thing they fixed was old news they are just coming around to... notification bar is biggest joke
..........Flash
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I just watched the video on Apple.com that shows iOS 5 in action, and all I have to say is "I CAN'T WAIT FOR FALL!!"

Yes some of the features are SIMILAR to Android phones, but the execution of them makes it 100% unique to Apple.

The only thin...
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xzavier2008

Jun 7, 2011, 8:55 AM

Not "Lion" more like Alley Cat

Is Jobs for real...lets buy Lion OS X and make gestures the new thing...here gesture this "My middle finger"....stupid...now you have to go and buy there patented gesture pad. Looks just like the OS X platform for an iPhone...Notification bar on the top of the iPHone...geeee who would have thought...oooh ya HTC, Blackberry, LG....done that. iCloud who would have thought of that...oooohh wait....AMAZON did Google did....wirelessly sync you music photo's video's..who would have thought of that...ooohhh ya iSyc...Double twist....old steve real old...thats it...sad they souldnt call it Lion...more like "Alley Cat"
I used to be a huge fan and owner of all things Apple...not anymore...HTC Thunderbolt...will the next iPhone be on 4G LTE according ...
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shut up..
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phatmanxxl

Jun 6, 2011, 1:34 PM

Epic fail

For copying android, next step is to Sue google for taking apples idea of the drop down. Rolling Eyes
lol!!! I agree they will try to claim that it was an original idea of theirs and that android is infringing upon its patents etc. Surprised
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Coming down to technicalities, Google's concept is draggin an item (i.e. the status bar) downward to reveal a drawer while Apple's is a swipe to reveal a new screen akin to swiping left and right between different app menus. So there won't be any laws...
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bluecoyote

Jun 6, 2011, 10:29 PM

Quantum Leap for iOS

This is the biggest change we've ever seen to iOS, and it's a quantum leap altogether. (I'm running iOS5 on my iPhone 4 and iPad)

1) The Split Keyboard on the iPad is a MUCH needed feature. Much much MUCH needed. Using it is so much better, it totally vindicates the iPad's form factor. This device is a million times more usable.

2) The Notifications Bar is stolen from Android- not going to argue that. It's also a marked improvement over Android's, serving as the Widget dock and having built in side-scrolling (yes, iOS has real widgets now!) . The weather widget is fantastic on it.

3) Built-in Twitter client in native apps is terrific- possibly the closest you can get to real multitasking. Already hooked on it.

4) Safari Reader ...
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I actually agree and appreciate that you were honest about the notifications bar. I'm impressed with iOS 5. Some were bitching that it looks boring and Apple performed no UI changes. For me honestly I say if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Same for Mac ...
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You do realize the split keyboard comes directly Microsoft's early build of Windows 8?

So that ain't original either.
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satanic rhino

Jun 7, 2011, 11:14 AM

All old tech that they now claim as cutting edge... Still no Flash aka "the deal breaker"

Love working in a Verizon store when Apple jerk offs lament the Iphone and swear they dont miss Flash... Apple may have plundered the best features of other smartphones but let it be known they aren't even close to the cutting edge of Tech... above a blackberry or palm but behind the rest
Yeah we don't miss those annoying flash advertisements, or the extra battery drain, or the insecurity.
medic6037

Jun 6, 2011, 9:19 PM

I wonder...

how many people will think this is the iPhone 5 and not iOS 5?
tons of uneducated apple snobs
analyst422

Jun 6, 2011, 7:10 PM

The Notifications Bar...it's revolutionary!!!

...oh wait...
Lol, I thought the same thing.

They did make it look good though!

I'm constantly switching back and forth between my iOS device and my android device and I can't tell you how many times I've reached to the top of my iPhone to drag down a non-e...
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iDont Care

Jun 6, 2011, 7:47 PM

I'm impressed

and I hate Apple
Eric M. Zeman

Jun 6, 2011, 1:35 PM

Full Apple Press Release

Apple® today previewed iOS 5, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, and released a beta version to iOS Developer Program members. The iOS 5 beta release includes over 200 new features that will be available to iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users this fall. New iOS 5 features include: Notification Center, an innovative way to easily view and manage notifications in one place without interruption; iMessage, a new messaging service that lets you easily send text messages, photos and videos between all iOS devices; and Newsstand, a new way to purchase and organize your newspaper and magazine subscriptions. With the new PC Free feature, iOS 5 users can activate and set up their iOS device rig...
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