From the WWDC: iOS 5 Features roundup
Apple’s Keynote 2011 just ended with loads of awesome stuff unveiled by Apple today. There was Lion, then there was iOS 5 and finally, the much awaited iCloud. Hit the links to get more on them, this post’s for iOS 5.
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iOS 5, a major upgrade, made jaws drop and eyes pop with it’s brilliant new features to the already awesome iOS 4. Here’s a quick look at what iOS 5 has to offer…
Feature #1: iMessage. Blackberry killer, literally! Just like BBM, now iOS users can converse and share with other iOS users via iMessage. One thing that BB was very popular for is now something Apple has.. and it has more to offer. iMessage seamlessly works on the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod either via 3G/WiFi connectivity. No wonder this is one of the killer feature iOS 5 has to offer.
Feature #2: Notifications. iOS notifications were literally sad. Very sucky. And, fucked up. But now there is a better way to manage those. There is a Notification Center where you can get all the notifications. Just a finger swipe from top to bottom and there you have it.
Feature #3: Twitter Integration. Now you just need to sign in just once and you can tweet from any app, any website w/o all the again and again logins. It pretty great for Twitter users like me. Just today I was ranting how my iPad apps would force me to login time and again just to share a piece.
Feature #4: All new Safari. The Safari browser now has actual tabs (ahem, ahem). Besides, it has some lovely features like a Reader. And Reading Lists (Yes exactly like Instapaper et al).
Feature #5: Better Mail app. Lion got a new Mail app so how couldn’t iOS. The UI though much similar, it is rather faster this mail app. Supports rich-text formatting. Control indentation. Draggable addresses. Can flag messages. Search entire message (entire contents).
Feature #6: Photos. Pinch zooming. You can now carry basic editions (red-eye, rotate etc.) within the iOS itself. There’s a better camera app and you can even click photos when the device is locked. Also, with the volume button!
AND IT’S PC-FREE! I was saving this for the last. Yes. Finally. You can now bring an iOS device and not connect it to iTunes. Wireless syncing ftw!
Besides, there are new multitasking gestures. Reminders (syncable). AirPlay mirroring. Brand new awesome Game center. A Newsstand. A new dual keyboard for you to type with two thumbs. S/MIME support for mail. One dictionary all across the OS that you can use by selecting the word and clicking “define” that pops up alongside the copy command.
Clearly, iOS 5 just got better!! It will ship this fall with support for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 + iPad 1/2 and iPod Touch (3rd generation or higher).