Apple’s October 4th event may have been overshadowed by the death of Steve Jobs, but there was still some “insanely great” news. Although the event was touted as “an iPhone thing,” the most excitement seems to be about iOS 5. Before we get to the new features, here are some fast facts about Apple’s mobile OS.
Announced at Apple’s WorldWide Developer Conference 2011 in June and fully previewed at the October 4th event.
Release date, via iTunes 10.5 download, is October 12th.
Numbers: 200 million iOS devices sold.
Compatibility includes the new iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and 3GS; both iPad models; and the iPod touch 3rd and 4th generation models.
The OS now updates wirelessly, and you’ll just get what’s new or changed instead of a huge 600MB download.
Devices can now be activated without plugging them into a computer.
You can now create and delete iOS calendars and mailboxes.
And don’t forget iCloud! You will simply enter your Apple ID and password to keep all of your mail, calendars, contacts, apps and media updated across your various devices – without ever connecting to a computer. On the flip side, you can access iCloud and interact with iOS devices whether you use a Macintosh or a PC desktop computer rentals.
New features on iOS 5
The new iMessage is like text messaging or BlackBerry BBM and is available to all iOS users. With an iPad rental you can now send text, pictures, videos or contact info, over both Wi-Fi and 3G.
The Notification Center aggregates all your Notifications so you can access them with a simple swipe down from the top of the screen.
The Newsstand is another aggregator, for your newspaper and magazine subscriptions.
Twitter support is now native. Sign in once through the Settings menu and any app can be integrated with Twitter. It is fully integrated with the Camera and Photo apps, too.
Safari’s new Reading Mode provides a single, scrolling story with no ads. Other new features include tabbed browsing and a Reading List option to save articles for later. Some folks still don’t know that Safari also works with Windows on tablet PC rentals and other PCs.
The Reminders feature lets you store Lists, assign reminders to any date(s) and save location-specific data, all syncing across devices (and via iCal).
The Camera has a new button on the lock screen, and you can also use the volume button to take pictures. Basic photo editing software (cropping and general enhancements) is now included.
The Mail app now features draggable addresses, flaggable/searchable messages, rich text formatting, a built-in dictionary and, on the iPad, a split keyboard.