iOS 5 will add over 200 new features to iOS devices and it’s the most extensive software update ever for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Developers will be able to get it today and it will be released to the public around September.
Here’s the major features being added with iOS 5.
iOS 5 will allow you to access notifications in any app. New notifications appear briefly at the top of your screen, without interrupting what you’re doing. A single swipe downward will take you to the notification center. Any app can use the new notification system, and certain iOS 5 apps like Weather and Stocks will support it by default.
Notifications also now display on the lock screen, allowing you to go to the notification with just a swipe.
Multitasking Gestures for iPad:
iOS 5 includes a few new touch gestures on your iPad. You will be able to use four or five fingers to swipe up and reveal the multitasking bar, pinch to return to the Home screen, and swipe left or right to switch between apps.
Newsstand organizes your magazine and newspaper app subscriptions into one place. Newsstand is similar to iBookstore but for magazines and newspaper app subscriptions.
Sign in once in Settings, and you can tweet directly from Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube, or Maps. Twitter will use email addresses and phone numbers from contacts to add Twitter user names and photos to your contacts. iOS 5 will allow you to Tweet photos with just a tap and even add your location.
Safari Reader displays web articles without ads or clutter so you can read without distractions. Mobile Safari on the iPad is getting a nice new tabbed browsing interface and a Reading List functions (similar to Instapaper) allowing users to save interesting articles for later, while iCloud keeps your list updated across all your devices.
You can now format text in rich text. Format text using bold, italic, or underlined fonts, add indentations to messages, drag addresses, flag important messages and search the content of your mailbox.
You can also create folders with your free iCloud email account. Here is a link with more about the new feature.
Independence for all devices iOS:
Activate and set up your device wirelessly, right out of the box. Download free iOS software updates directly on your device. You don’t need to ever plug your iDevice into a computer at all. Welcome to the Post PC age.
Wi-Fi Sync to iTunes:
You can now sync your iDevice to iTunes through WiFi, no USB cable required.
Apple has just announced their own secure messaging platform, similar to Blackberry Messaging. You can send text, photos, videos, group messages or contacts directly between two devices, complete with delivery receipts, read receipts, typing notifications, and more. It’s all encrypted, and works through Apple’s own servers.
iOS 5 will allow you to set reminders for yourself, creating to-do lists and lists of tasks which can be associated with times, people and even locations. Since Reminders can be location based, you can get an alert as soon as you pull into the supermarket parking lot.
Enhanced Photography: You can now take photos right from the lock screen by just tapping a button and going right to the camera. Crop, rotate, enhance, and remove red-eye from the Photos app.
iCloud allows users to push new photos to all your iOS devices. So if you’re taking photos on your iPhone, iCloud automatically sends copies to your iPad.
Keyboard: Typing on the iPad in portrait mode now allows you to access a split keyboard for easy thumb typing.
System-Wide Dictionary integration. Look up a word in any app.
AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2:
AirPlay now supports video mirroring. Which means you can wirelessly and securely stream whatever’s on your iPad 2 to your HDTV via Apple TV. Everyone in the room sees exactly what’s on your iPad display up there on the big screen even when you rotate iPad from portrait to landscape or zoom in and out.