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iOS 5 Preview: Everything You Need To Know About Apple’s Next iOS Update

As you all know, WWDC 2011 had already started and just like everyone was expecting, Apple previewed at today's keynote the highly anticipated update to their mobile operating system, the iOS 5. Now, we will be taking a closer look at the major features that are included in the upcoming version of the iOS.

iOS 5
In the words of Steve Jobs himself:

iOS 5 has some great new features, such as Notification Center, iMessage and Newsstand and we can't wait to see what our developers do with its 1,500 new APIs. Perhaps iOS 5's paramount feature is that it's built to seamlessly work with iCloud in the Post PC revolution that Apple is leading.

iOS 5 Key Features

iOS 5 Notifications
Notifications: If you have been a long time user of the iOS then you are pretty much aware that the notifications system needs to be overhauled because it is definitely quite obtrusive. iOS fans who have been clamoring for a new notifications system have finally gotten their wish because Apple offers a new notifications system with the iOS 5. Notifications will now appear at the top of the screen, if you want to read them, you can simply swipe it down. Removing notifications is as easy as tapping the "X" button next to it. Simple and unobtrusive.

The new system is quite similar to the MobileNotifier jailbreak hack which comes as a no surprise because the developer, Peter Hajas is now an Apple employee.

iOS 5 Twitter
Twitter: As rumored these past few days, the popular micro-messaging service is now deeply integrated into the iOS 5 system. No support yet for other social networks but this looks to be a great start. Twitter is integrated with numerous apps such as Safari, Photos, Maps, Camera and so on. All you need to do is to perform a single login into Twitter through the system settings and you are on your way. Definitely a great news for fans of Twitter.

iOS 5 Reminders
Reminders: This particular feature looks like your regular reminder app but with so much more added features. Due to the geolocation support of iOS devices, you will not only be notified during a certain time of the day but you will also receive notifications when you are in a certain place. Also includes the ability to sync with iCal.

iOS 5 Safari
Mobile Safari: The iOS web browser also received quite a significant update. The most notable one would be the Tabbed Browsing feature, which pretty much looks and functions like its Mac and Windows counterpart. iOS 5 Safari will also support a new "Reader" feature which displays a web page in an easy to read text only view. Users will also be able to bookmark a page or article through the Reading List which can also by synced across iOS devices.

iOS 5 iMessage
iMessage: This feature is basically acts like a messaging client. Basic functionalities such as text messages, photos, videos and group conversations are included. But the only difference is that, iMessage is well integrated into the revamped Notifications Center. Basically iMessage is like the iOS version of the Mac OS X chat client, the iChat.

New Mail Client: Just like with the OS X Lion, the iOS mail client will also be receiving some nice updates. The mail app will now support address drag-and-drop, rich text formatting and the ability to select words individually and look them up in the dictionary by selecting the "Define" function.

iOS 5 NewsStand
News Stand: Along with the iOS 5, a new app will also be available for purchase in the App Store that's similar to iBooks, called News Stand. The app lets you download newspapers and magazines into your iOS device with the ability to download new issues as they come out.

iOS 5 PC Free
PC Free? As you all know with the current version of the iOS, users will need to connect to a computer in order to sync and update their devices which led for some users to despise iTunes. iOS 5 looks to eliminate such tedium by enabling users to the update and activate their device over the air while iTunes syncing is now wireless via Wi-Fi. Very nice addition but somehow feels long overdue.

Other Small Added Features. Other features added to the iOS 5 includes AirPlay Mirroring, a number of Game Center enhancements, new optional keyboard, updated Camera App, Dictionary App and Music App enhancements to the iPad and many more.

So When is iOS 5 Available?

iOS 5 Logo
A developers preview build of the iOS 5 is now available at the Apple Developer Center for testing purposes and to enable devs to update their existing apps in time for the official release.

Regular users however will be able to get their hands on the iOS 5 this coming fall. iOS 5 supports iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G and 3G, iPad and iPad 2.

For more details about the iOS 5, refer to this video by Apple.

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