The new version of iOS, the iOS 5 has been unveiled at Apple’s WWDC event today by Scott Forstall. There are about 10 new major features of the new iOS 5 and it’ll be available for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 1 and iPad 2, iPod Touch 3G nd 4G in Fall. The new features are as follows:
1. Notification center – Instead of having each app popping up with their own notification, the iOS 5 will have a new Notification Center, which is accessible by swiping down a menu from the top of the screen. This is similar to Android. Each note has a small X button alongside allows you to dismiss it. Notifications also shown on lock screen, swiping across a message will take you into it.
2. Newsstand is a new place for all your magazine and newspaper subscriptions.
3. Twitter integration. A single sign on for Twitter, allowing multiple apps to make use of your Twitter account. Including letting you tweet images right from the galleries.
4. Safari Reader – the new browser feature which will bring less distraction and present text of a webpage with no other excess content. There is also a Reading List which allows you to accumulate list of pages to read later. Safari will also be like the desktop version, offering tabbed browsing, great for iPad users.
5. Reminders – An intelligent reminder app, which reminds you things to do based on your location. It’ll also sync across devices and with your calendar.
6. Lockscreen’s camera button and volume up button as a shutter button. Now, this is great feature, you don’t have to unlock the iPhone to take picture. You can take it right from the lock screen, there is a shortcut button on the lockscreen. Or alternatively, use the volume up button as a shutter button when you’re in the camera app.
7. A new split keyboard.
8. PC-free syncing and over-the air firmware updates. The new iOS 5 does not need you to tether your device to a computer for syncing or activation, and the future firmware update can be done over the air. And the update will include only the changes instead of having to re-download the entire OS every time, which usually takes sometime.
8. iMessage – a messaging service exclusively for iOS devices. It’s almost like a BBM for your iDevices. You’ll be able to send messages, photos, videos and contacts. Group messaging will also be available.
9. iCloud integration – your data can be stored in the cloud and automatically pushes to all your device.
10. New Mail.app allows you to flag and unflag emails. It also has rich text formatting, indentations, addresses are draggable to the TO and CC fields, and you can search the entire contents of your messages.