Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A summary of iOS 5

Apple unveiled iOS5 at WWDC and said it would be available in fall. Here's what's new:

- Tie-up with iCloud. Wirelessly keep all of your mail, contacts, calendars, photos, apps, books, music and more, up-to-date across all your devices without ever having to connect to a computer.

- Notification Center puts all notifications in one place. They are non-intrusive and with one swipe you can see all notifications. With one tap, you go to the app that sent the notification. Will also appear in the lock screen.

- Newsstand puts together newspaper and magazine subscriptions in one place. New issues are updated automatically in the background.

- Safari will get Reader (like the desktop version); Reading List, so you can save articles to read later; and Tabbed Browsing (only on the iPad).

- Built-in Twitter integration.  Sign in once and then tweet directly from Photos, Camera, Safari, YouTube and Maps.

- iMessage in iOS 5 brings messaging to all of your iOS devices―iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Send text messages, photos, videos or contact information over Wi-Fi or 3G. All iMessages are automatically pushed to all your iOS 5 devices.

- Reminders lets you set time or location-based reminder alerts, priorities and due dates.

- Camera - instant access to the camera right from the lock screen, and you can use the volume-up button to quickly snap a photo.

- Photos app lets you crop, rotate, enhance and remove red-eye, and organise your photos into albums right on your device to share them on the go.

- PC Free feature. Set-up no longer requires a computer. All iOS software updates are delivered over the air and installed with just a tap. Wi-Fi Sync in iOS 5 transfers and backs up your content securely over SSL and wirelessly syncs purchased content from your device to your iTunes® library.

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