iOS 5 Gets New Push Notifications, iMessage, More [Updated]

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Apple showed off iOS 5 during its World Wide Developers Conference keynote presentation on Monday. The next version of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch operating system will include a redesigned push notifications system and a new iMessage messaging service, and drops the need to connect to a computer to activate devices.

iOS 5 Notification CenteriOS 5’s Notification Center

iOS 5, which will be shipping this fall, will include:

  • Notification Center iOS 5’s Notification Center replaces the current push notification system with an interface that shows missed calls, calendar alerts, app alerts, instant message notifications and more in one place. Notifications no longer interrupt applications, and tapping a notification takes users to the apps they’re associated with.
  • Newsstand Apple is mirroring its iBookstore with Newsstand. The feature lets users find, purchase and update digital newspaper and magazine subscriptions, and automatically updates subscriptions in the background.
  • Single Sign-on for Twitter iOS 5 includes built-in Twitter support so that users don’t need to provide their account credentials to multiple client apps. Users can also post content to Twitter through Apple’s Photos, Camera, Safari, YouTube and Maps apps.
  • Mobile Safari The mobile version of the Safari Web browser is getting the Mac OS X version’s Reader feature so users can view online articles as a single page and without extra layout features. It also includes an Instapaper-like Reading List feature that tags articles for later viewing, adds support for emailing article contents instead of just URLs, and adds tabbed browsing for iPad users.
  • Reminders iOS 5’s Reminders feature adds task management to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The app lets users track tasks, set alerts, track tasks by location, set priorities and due dates, and can be viewed in iCal or Outlook.
  • Camera Apple’s Camera app gained the ability to take photos even when the screen is locked and use the Volume Up button as a shutter release. It also adds grid lines for easier photo composition, and the ability to set focus and exposure automatically with a tap.
  • Mail The new Mail app offers encrypted message support, improved message searching, and rich text formatting. It also includes an improved portrait view, the ability to move email addresses between fields, support for flagging messages, and S/MIME support.
  • PC Free Apple is dropping the need to connect iOS devices to computers running iTunes to complete the activation process.
  • Over-the-air Software Updates iOS can now be updated without connecting your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to iTunes. Updates will be delivered as deltas, meaning they include only changes instead of the full operating system.
  • Game Center Apple’s Game Center is gaining support for user photos, in-app game purchases, turn-by-turn game support, and more options for locating new friends.
  • iMessage iOS 5 is getting its own instant messaging service that’s available to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. It works over 3G or Wi-Fi connections, and supports text, video and photo messages outside of cell service provider’s SMS and MMS offerings.
  • AirPlay Mirroring iPad 2 users will be able to show their display wirelessly through an Apple TV instead of relying on Dock to video adapters.

Apple also tightly tied its new iCloud online data storage and syncing service into iOS 5, so users only need to enter their Apple ID and password into their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to wirelessly sync apps, photos, calendars, contacts, mail, music and more between devices.

iOS 5 will be available this fall at the same time as iCloud. The update will be available for free for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, iPad and iPad 2, and third and fourth generation iPod touch.

[This article has been updated with additional information about iOS 5]

Comments

Lee Dronick

I am thinking that if iOS 5 ships this Autumn then that is probably the earliest that we will see a new iPhone. Just in time for the holiday shopping.

exAppl088

All this iCloud everything wireless will have ATT laughing
all the way to the bank!  So IT IS NOT FREE!

I hope there will be settings to limit wireless updates
to use of WiFi and only a single WiFi router (at my home),
where i can have a MAC address limited access router setup.
If not, no iPad2 for me!

Anyone have the $/GB 3G/4G cost VS $/GB broadband
averages for various users around the US?

I’ll bet FREE AT&T WiFi hotspots will disappear due to
all the WiFi load that iCloud will create.  Start counting
the months.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

The whole iOS and iCloud portions sounded like they would be great for people who just have iPhones and iPads, not great if you’ve got a mixed fleet. With iMessenger, pretty useless if your social circles use other than iDevices, very likely given latest comScore phone numbers.

ibuck

Notify, iCloud, etc look interesting, but my vote for best new feature is Tabbed Browsing. Lack of it was one of the items I found unacceptable on the iPad, as I usually have a slew of tabs open at once on my Mac.

Ion_Quest

The Song:
Six more apps? and what do you get?
Another year older and deeper in debt

Say peter don’t you call me ‘casse I can’t go,
I sold my soul to A-company stores?

The Quote:
Ask not what A-company can do for you,
Ask rather:

Just how much DO those Cupertino coders make?
With benefits, of course!

daemon

BBM for iPhone? Okay, whatever. I’m sure there’s lots of people without unlimited messaging begging for this….

archimedes

The whole iOS and iCloud portions sounded like they would be great for people who just have iPhones and iPads, not great if you?ve got a mixed fleet. With iMessenger, pretty useless if your social circles use other than iDevices, very likely given latest comScore phone numbers.

As they noted over on macworld.com, perhaps iMessage will be an open standard, like, ah, FaceTime. ;-/

webjprgm

Bosco (Brad Hutchings) said:The whole iOS and iCloud portions sounded like they would be great for people who just have iPhones and iPads, not great if you?ve got a mixed fleet. With iMessenger, pretty useless if your social circles use other than iDevices, very likely given latest comScore phone numbers.
As they noted over on macworld.com, perhaps iMessage will be an open standard, like, ah, FaceTime. ;-/

Not very useful if your social circle includes people with normal non-smart phones. I’ll still get SMS messages that I have to pay 20c each for if I don’t have a plan for it. The hoped-for open standard would have to be accepted by cell phone companies and put on normal phones and those teenager phones with slide-out keyboards for texting. No way they’ll do it, because that cuts out their mega ridiculous revenue for sending tiny 100 byte or less messages.

technog

So here is a question :
Apple Lion is $29 purchase.
If i have a laptop running vista (ugh-dont ask), and I was thinking of installing Windows 7 for approx. $120.
Why not just buy Lion and use that as the OS ??? as long as I dont have any windows specific software to run that is ...

Any thoughts anyone ?

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