iOS 5 Summary
Apple yesterday, at WWDC, announced iOS 5 for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The new major changes include a completely revamped notifications system, over-the-air software updates and activation for new devices, and iTunes library syncing over Wi-Fi.
- The new Notification Center will aggregate all notifications that will appear at the top of the screen and will be less obtrusive overall.
- iOS 5 will be "PC free" , so a new device and iOS updates can be activated over the air.
- Tunes library can be also synchronized wirelessly via Wi-Fi.
- AirPlay Mirroring will also be possible to wirelessly mirror an iPad's display to a television connected to an AppleTV.
- Twitter will be integrated into iOS and Contacts can be updated automatically.
- New unified messaging service called iMessage that will allow iOS users to send text and multimedia messages over Wi-Fi and 3G. Messages will be pushed to all iOS devices a user owns.
- Game Center will be enhanced with profile avatars, friend recommendations, and the ability to purchase new games within Game Center.
- Mobile Safari will get a Safari Reader feature where users can save articles for later reading in the Reading List, which will be synced across multiple iOS devices for easy access.
- A new Reminders app will offer task tracking in iOS 5.
- Camera will get a shortcut for quicker access.
- Mail will recieve rich text formatting, message flagging, draggable addresses.
- A dictionary now can be accessed by any application.
- A new News Stand application, counterpart to iBooks, will be available in iOS 5 and will download new issues automatically in the background.
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