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Apple Announces iOS 5, Adds 200 New Features

Today at WWDC Apple announced the newest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 5. IOS 5 adds more the 200 new features, and much like OS X Lion will have 10 key features.

Notifications

After pushing more than 100 billion notifications, Apple is introducing a new way to deal with them. A “Notification Center” will be located at the top of your screen (similar to Android), allowing you to access all of your notifications. Stocks and weather have also been added to the notification center rather than the traditional home screen.

Newsstand

Newsstand is a direct line to magazines and newspapers. Periodicals are downloaded in the background, so if a new issue of your favorite paper or magazine comes out overnight, it will be waiting for you when you turn on your iOS device in the morning.

Twitter integration

You can tweet from Safari, your camera, or photo album, as well as add someone’s Twitter handle into their contact information on your device.

Safari

Mobile Safari optimizes pages for iOS devices, making them easier to read. You can also save stories you don’t have time to read now to read later (ala Read It Later)

Reminders

Reminders lets you create a to-do list, reminding you of tasks you need to complete. The application is location-aware, so you can set a reminder to trigger when you are at a particular location.

Camera

There is now a camera button on the lock screen, and the volume-up button can be used to snap a picture. You can pinch-to-zoom within the camera application, and edit photos directly on the phone.

Mail

Mail adds rick-text formatting, indentation control, draggable addresses, and allows you to search entire messages and flag messages.

Updated Keyboard

You can now split the keyboard into two pieces, making it easy to type.

PC-free

iOS devices can now be updated over the air, so you are no longer required to connect them to a computer. For instance, now when you take an iPhone out of the box for the first time you will see a welcome screen rather than a message prompting you to connect to iTunes.

iMessage
iMessage is a messaging service between iPhone and iPad users. The service lets you send text messages, photos, videos, contacts, and group messages from one iOS device to another. You can get delivery and read receipts for messages you send, and typing alerts when a contact is typing you a response.

[Images via Engadget]


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