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Apple's WWDC 2011: iOS 5

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IOS 5
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Here are some of the iOS 5 features presented at WWDC 2011.

Notification Center
As referenced here, the Notification Center collects the user's messages in a drop-down window from the status bar on the top. (Just like Android.) Text messages, email, Facebook messages, phone activity, and other notifications are displayed by swiping down from the top. Messages can be cleared individually with an X to their side.

Newsstand
Like an actual newspaper stand, Newsstand collects the issues to your digital magazine subscriptions in the background and displays them in an iBooks style shelf. Vanity Fair, Popular Science, Esquire, GQ, Oprah, New York Times, SF Chronicle, and Daily Telegraph are among the participating publications.

Twitter
Fully integrated into iOS 5, Twitter functionality is now enabled throughout the platform. Integration includes photo sharing, location sharing, YouTube videos, Safari bookmarks, etc.

Safari
Reading List acts like Read It Later, saving stories that can be read offline and synced to any iOS device. The mobile version of Safari now supports tabbed browsing as well.

Reminders
Location-specific and date-specific reminders that will notify a user of information when in the vicinity or close to the date of a certain task. Synced across devices, including iCal.

Camera Updates
A shutter button is added to the lock screen for quick and easy snapshots. The Volume Up button can also be assigned to take a photo. A user may set exposure by tapping on a certain section of a photo. Easy photo editing right from iOS devices -- crop, rotate, reduce red-eye, and a Picasa-esque "I'm Feeling Lucky" auto enhancer.

Mail
Rich-text formatting, indentation control, draggable addresses, swipe to inbox, built-in dictionary, and unread message flagging are added. Plus, you're now able to search the entire contents of an email. Also, the keyboard in Mail can be split for easier dual-thumb tapping.

PC Free
iOS activations and updates go wireless! No longer do devices have to be tethered to a computer so that it could be activated. And following another queue from Android, iOS updates are now OTA. And rather than downloading the full iOS version with each change, the smaller sized delta updates only fix what needs to be changed.

Game Center
A greater focus on social features, with the ability to display your and your friends' scores, as well as friend and game recommendations. Purchase and download games directly from the Game Center.

iMessage
Supported across every iOS device, iMessage covers text messages, photos, videos, contacts, and group messaging. It also supports delivery receipts, read receipts, and real-time typing notification. Messages are encrypted and pushed to all devices. Much smoother integration of photo sharing within the iMessage app.

Other Features
AirPlay Mirroring, Personal Dictionary, Multitasking Gestures, Hourly Weather Forecasts, Alternate Map Routes, New iPad Music App, iTunes Tone Store, Smart Playlist Sync, etc.

Developers will receive the iOS 5 SDK today. For the average user, iOS 5 comes "this Fall." Support extends across iPhone 3GS and up, first-generation iPad and up, and the third-generation iPod Touch and up.

(See also: Apple's WWDC 2011: Mac OS X Lion, Apple's WWDC 2011: iCloud, and Apple's New iOS 5 Notifications Inspired by Android?)

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