Apple Releases New iOS 5, Boasts Over 200 New Features
The iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS got a new major release, dubbed iOS 5 at WWDC 2011. The new iteration of the mobile OS that powers millions of Apple mobile devices sports over 200 new features according to Apple. Some of the most impressive features, as showcased by Apple during the presentation include:
- Finally, an improved way to access your notifications! The new notification center allows users to access all of their notifications from one convenient location, which can be accessed from anywhere. The arrival of the notifications is also brief and unobtrusive.
- Safari gets updated with some nifty features. Firstly, an inbuilt Reader allows for distraction free reading of all web content. Also included is Reading List, an inbuilt feature that allows you to mark webpages that can be viewed later at your own convenience. Lastly, Safari now has tabbed browsing for the iPad.
- Twitter integration is now implemented into iOS, meaning that you can now tweet directly from the apps that support it, which include Photos, Camera, Safari, YouTube and Maps with a single tap. Third party applications can also take advantage of this integration.
- A BBM competing intra-iOS instant messaging service, called iMessage, that allows you to easily send text messages, photos, videos or contact information to a person or a group on other iOS 5 devices over Wi-Fi or 3G. It also features delivery and read receipts, typing indication and secure end-to-end encryption.
- iOS devices can now be set up right out of the box without the need for a computer. iOS updates are delivered over the air and syncing can now be done through Wi-Fi.
We think that this addition of new features to the iOS really makes it the undisputable king of mobile OSes. While iOS was popular even before this new version, regular users and tech enthusiasts alike were bewildered over some obvious functionalities that the iOS lacked, compared to Android in particular. Now, that gap has effectively been nullified and then some. Of course, it would be interesting to see what kind of innovation other OSes bring to the table under this kind of cut throat competition in the mobile OS market.
The software update to iOS 5 will be available this fall, according to Apple. You can get the full press release here.