Earlier today, Apple gave media a preview of iOS 5, the latest version of the company's mobile operating system, and released a beta version for the developers.
According to Apple, the iOS 5 beta release includes over 200 new features that will be available to iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch users starting around September this year. The freshest update to iOS features a new Notification Center, iMessage and NewsStand, among other enhancements. Also, with iOS5's new PC Free feature, users can activate and set up their iDevice right out of the box and even get software updates over the air, no computer required!
In true service of the Filipino Apple fan, TechPinas has neatly listed down the 15 hottest new features that users can expect from iOS5. Here they are --
1. The new Notification Center lets users easily access all notifications, including text messages, missed calls, calendar alerts, app alerts and more, all in one place, from anywhere in iOS 5 user interface.
When they arrive, notifications appear for a short time at the top of the screen without interrupting what the user is doing. With one swipe from above the screen going down you can see all your notifications, and a simple tap will take you right to the app.
Almost exactly like the slide-down Notifications Tab of Android.
Notifications also appear on the lock screen, with the ability to be taken to the notifying app with a single swipe.
2. Newsstand is a bookshelf displaying the covers of all your magazine and newspaper subscriptions. If subscribed to, new issues appear automatically in the background so you always have the latest issue and cover art.
3. iOS 5 includes built-in Twitter integration, so users can sign in once and then tweet directly from all Twitter-enabled apps, including Photos, Youtube, Camera, Safari and Maps with one tap.
4. The new Reminders app helps users manage tasks, create and group related tasks together and set time or location-based reminder alerts, due dates and priorities.
5. Safari with iOS 5 is now even better. New features include Safari Reader, which gets the clutter out of the way and sets the right font size on a web page, and Reading List, so users can save articles to read later.
There's also Tabbed Browsing, which makes it easy to flip between web pages on iPad.
6. The camera can now be quickly accessed straight from the lock screen.
7. Users can now also do multi-touch gestures on the camera interface.
And even use the volume button to snap photos.
8. The new Photos app lets you enhance, crop, rotate, remove red-eye, and organize your photos into albums right on the iDevice and share them on the go.
9. Mail enhancements include the ability to compose messages using draggable addresses, and a new rich text formatting bar with bold, underline, italics and indention controls.
10. iPad users also get a new system-wide split keyboard to make it even easier to type.
11. iOS5 also features AirPlay Mirroring to wirelessly display everything users do on their iPad right on an HDTV through Apple TV.
12. Game Center now lets users add photos to their profile, purchase new games from within the app and easily find friends and new games.
13. iMessage in iOS5 brings the functionality of iPhone messaging to all iOS devices, which also include iPad and iPod Touch. Built right into the Messages application, iMessage allows users to easily send text messages, contact information, photos or videos to a person or a group on other iOS5 devices over WiFi or 3G.
Apple's BBM counterpart.
14. WiFi Sync transfers and backs up content securely over SSL and wirelessly syncs purchased content from the iDevice to the iTunes library.
15. With the new PC Free feature, users can activate and set up their iDevice right out of the box with no computer required! iOS software updates are even delivered over the air and can be installed with just one tap.
Now, this is what you call an 'update'! Can't wait to have it on my iPod Touch 4G.