I’ve already brought you the happenings from Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference and introduced you to some of the new features of Mac OS X Lion. Here’s a run-down of the new features of iOS 5 (the operating system for Apple’s mobile devices) demonstrated in the keynote presentation.
- Available: Fall
- How to get it: downloadable on your device
- Cost: free
- Notification center: all of your notifications from your apps are now all in one location, easy to access from any screen including the lock screen and less distracting than the current push notifications
- Newsstand: a folder to manage all of your newspaper and magazine subscriptions delivered to your device and automatically updates in the background
- Twitter integration: you will now be able to sign-in to Twitter just once in ‘Settings’ and instantly send tweets from your camera, Safari, and other apps
- Safari: the internet browser now has a reader feature to read articles in an RSS-like view and save things to a reading list for later (also, the iPad will feature tabbed browsing)
- Reminders: store multiple to-do lists complete with due dates and locations and automatically syncs with other devices and apps
- Camera: in addition to better features to help you compose a picture and sync photos to other devices, you will be able to use shortcuts to access the camera app from the lock screen and take a picture by simply pressing the volume-up button
- Mail: you’ll be able to add rich-text formatting (bold, underline, etc.) to emails, search the contents of messages, and flag important messages
- PC-free: you no longer need a computer to activate, update, and back-up your devices
- Game center: enhanced with profile pictures, game recommendations, and friend recommendations
- iMessage: a messaging service for all iOS 5 users with group messaging, delivery receipts, typing indications and more, and conversations are pushed to all of your devices
Watch out for the last article in the series, which will be about the iCloud service.