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IOS 5 Release set for this fall

On Monday Apple announced their next major release of IOS for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, IOS 5. The announcements came at keynote of the Apple Developer conference, WWDC which runs June 6-10 2011.

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) showcases the latest innovations and the newest technologies in iOS and Mac OS X. Over 1,000 Apple engineers guide you through five exciting days of in-depth technical sessions and hands-on labs that demonstrate how to harness the incredible power of the world’s most advanced operating systems.

IOS 5 includes 1500 new API for developers, 200 new features for users. The new OS will be available this fall. Here are a handful of the new features.

  • Notification Center: All your notifications in one place. Nice improvement.
  • Lock Screen info: When you get a notification on the lock screen just swipe to go right to the app.
  • Newstand:Like iBooks only this is for your magazine and newspaper subscriptions
  • Twitter: Twitter now integrated into the IOS, share from the action menu in many apps. also contacts uses Twitter photos and has @user field.
  • Safari: Reader, Reading list, and tabbed browsing.
  • Reminders: To Do functionality with built in calendar support.
  • Camera: Take a photo without entering passcode, use volume up to take a picture, pinch to zoom and photo editing.
  • Mail: Rich text editor, slide in navigation.
  • Dictionary tap a word and there will be an option to define a word in the copy and paste menu.
  • iPad portrait keyboard: Split screen for better thumb typing also movable
  • PC-free: No more cable to setup your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
  • Game Center: Achievement points, find friends, friends of friends, game discovery, turn based games, game downloads.
  • iMessage: Cross iOS messages. It’s like SMS without using your carriers texting.
  • Wi-Fi sync: This is the biggy! iTunes sync without the tether
  • iCloud A whole other service but IOS 5 uses iCloud for syncing data. I’ll cover this in another post.

Still no word on the new iPhone5 but signs still point to around September 2011. We shall see.

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