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Apple Launches iOS 5

Apple has unveiled the latest version of its mobile operating system, which does away with the need for a computer, has an updated notification menu, a new instant messaging app and a physical shutter button for the camera on an iPhone.

PC Free

Apple's Scott Forstall took to the stage as the Worldwide Developer’s Conference this evening to talk us through a pretty major update of iOS. While it may have been the last of the ten features Forstall spoke about, it is one of the highlights of the upgrade. iOS 5 will be PC Free, meaning you will no longer need to hook up your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to get them working in the first place, to sync your devices or indeed get software updates. If you are worried about the software updates killing your data allowance, updates will be of the Delta variety meaning you’ll only download what is new.

iMessage and Notification Centre

Next up is something called iMessage, which looks suspiciously like BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). A messaging service exclusively for iOS devices, which comes with delivery and read receipts, an indicator for when the other party is typing, and the ability to push messages to all your devices and works over WiFi or 3G. Next is a feature everyone has been hoping would be upgraded in iOS, namely an updated notification system. The new system looks a lot like the Android version with users pulling down a bar at the top of the screen to see all notifications in one place. You can get rid of each notification individually but there didn’t seem to be a clear all button like Android but maybe it wasn’t shown in the demonstration. Notifications will also be viewable in the lock screen and swiping across them will bring users straight to the message or update.

Camera App and Twitter

The camera app has also been given a big overhaul in iOS 5 with the "volume up" button on the iPhone now able to acting as a physical shutter button. You can also access the camera app directly from a re-designed lock screen so you don’t miss any crucial snaps. You will be able to edit photos directly from within the app as well as zooming in and out of images. Deeper Twitter integration is something which was widely expected in iOS 5 and we got it. A single sign-in in the settings menu will allow a range of apps to access (or not) your Twitter information. You will also be able to tweet directly from the camera, Safari and photo apps.

Newsstand, Safari Reader, Reminders And iCloud

Among the other new features are Newsstand, which collates all newspapers and magazines in one place; Safari Reader which lets you view all the text from a website without the ads or pictures; Reminders which is an updated notes app with a very nice location feature and a little something called iCloud which will come already set up on new iOS 5 devices.

iOS 5 will ship in the autumn to the following devices: iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, iPad 1 and 2, and iPod touch 3rd and 4th generation. Let us know your first impressions in the comments people.

Source: Apple

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Chris Hamer

June 7, 2011, 1:50 am

<p>Nice to see Apple copying other companies ideas too (Notification System). iMessage is a good idea and hope others have their own system too but is it encrypted like BBM?</p>


June 7, 2011, 2:55 am

<p>Was expectable that Apple would copy ideas from other companies, especially BBM since so many people use it or should i say are addicted to it. <br>That they also copy some stuff from Android was expectable also since Android is the best OS in the world.<br>Android all the way!</p>


June 7, 2011, 4:32 am

<p>why would they implement this,they're hardly short of sales,i can only think something has scared them,first multitasking now pc free if they offer drag n drop it'll end up like windows mobile so many apps running cripple the device(i thought android covered that bit),no new iphone and this dross i reckon that english bloke must have left after all.</p>


June 7, 2011, 6:27 am

<p>messages encrypted between users yes :)</p>


June 7, 2011, 6:55 am

<p>yes, Apple playing catch up with Android now. I though only Apple had idea....</p>


June 7, 2011, 12:56 pm

<p>It's all good stuff but and I can't wait to try it but I was struggling to see anything really new. The wholesale copying from Android was also fun to see. Nothing wrong with copying good ideas but Apple always make a big deal about others doing it.</p>


June 7, 2011, 1:34 pm

<p>I kind of hope that Google sue Apple for copying their ideas, and give Apple a taste of their own medicine. Then again, I kind of hope they don't, because they are above that kind of nonsense.</p><p>Although, a friend who works in the industry tells me that these patent infringement lawsuits are accepted as part of the business by those in the industry.</p>


June 7, 2011, 3:30 pm

<p>So, notifications from Android, messaging from BBM, social network integration from, well, everyone else. Yes, Apple are just following the competition here, but I'm not about to point fingers as the others have mirrored their fair share of features from Apple too. As a consumer, I'd rather every platform had features like this.</p><p>The good news here is that Apple are plugging the holes in the OS, and the notification system in particular has been a gaping hole since day one.</p>


June 7, 2011, 3:40 pm

<p>When this arrives there are only a couple of things more that I would want in order not to jailbreak:<br>Quick access to some settings, so I can switch ON/OFF WiFi and Push etc. (as SBSettings does)<br>Profiles<br>One touch speed-dials</p><p>Whether I'll be able to jailbreak is another thing, but these are handy things I use all the time.</p>


June 7, 2011, 4:14 pm

<p>A nice update. I think PC-free is significant as the ipad could be a PC replacement for many (especially non-traditional users) and that was a barrier.</p><p>RIP RIM? I've heard and read many times that BBM is the only thing tying people to the BB platform, with that undermined, this may hasten their demise.</p>


June 7, 2011, 4:14 pm

<p>If I was RIM, I'd be worried. One of their main features, BBMessenger has been copied here and Apple seems intent on luring Blackberry users across. As someone who is forced to us a BB as a work device, I'd happily give it up in an instant for a device that is all round better experience (better internet, email attachment handling etc).</p>


June 8, 2011, 12:42 pm

<p>PC free :) finally !!!</p><p>i only have the waste of space that is iTunes on my PC to update the various apple devices work force me to use ... well done Apple</p><p>If they keep copying Android as much as they appear to have here I may start using my iPhone again ...</p>


June 8, 2011, 2:10 pm

<p>if EVERY IT company delivered EXACTLY the same product/service with EXACTLY the SAME features at EXACTLY the same time, what world would it be?</p>


June 8, 2011, 2:18 pm

<p>In the hope that you're not trolling, i'll highlight the features you think are missing..</p><p>"switch ON/OFF WiFi and Push"... <br>Settings&gt;Wifi and <br>Setings&gt;Notifications (app by app too)</p><p>"One touch speed-dials"... <br>Phone icon&gt;Favourites takes care of that</p><p>"Profiles"...<br>I WILL concede there's nothing like this that i know of on the iPhone, but as a once-evangelic Nokia user with avg 5-8 profiles, i now find either being available (Normal) or not available (Silent) sufficient.</p>

Mark Booth

June 8, 2011, 6:06 pm

<p>You can dismiss all notifications for an application by clicking the X top right of its title bar, which then changes to say CLEAR. Click again, all gone.</p>


June 9, 2011, 5:36 pm

<p>ThaDon, I know where they are in settings, but doing that takes</p>


June 9, 2011, 5:40 pm

<p>ThaDon, I know where they are in settings, but doing that takes me at least 3 taps if I'm already unlocked and on the homescreen. With SBSettings I can switch them on or off at whim without even unlocking or exiting the App I'm in. I find that much more convenient.<br>With Profiles I can have different toggles on or off depending on what I'm doing. I save lots of battery life by turning off Location Services, Push and WiFi when I'm not using them.</p>

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