iOS5 Feature List

August 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

iOS 5 will support the iPhone 3GS and 4, the third- and fourth-generation iPod touch, and all iPads. I’m listing features that are listed in WWDC coverage.

  • Notification appear in smaller animated bar that slides down from the top screen
  • New Notification Center that combine all notifications
  • Lock screen displays notifications that goes directly to the app
  • Software updates over the air
  • New iMessage app sending text, photo, video, contact, group messaging with iOS devices
  • Delivery receipt, read receipts and iChat-like indication on Messaging
  • Safari Reader view only content of articles
  • Safari Reading List save for later reading
  • Tabbed browsing is available to iPad
  • New Newsstand app for periodicals
  • Newsstand support background download overnight
  • Single-sign-on for Twitter
  • Twitter support on Photo, Safari, YouTube, Map app
  • Automatic update Twitter usernames for contact in Address book
  • New Task/list app
  • Task alert is date-based or location-based
  • Double-tap Home button to launch camera
  • Music playback control to launch camera
  • Volumn up button to take picture
  • Grid line to compose photo
  • Pinch-to-zoom for digital zooming
  • Auto-focus locking on photo
  • Auto-exposure locking on photo
  • Crop, rotate, red-eye reduction, one-click enhance on photo
  • Rich Text formatting on mail
  • Full-message search on mail online or offline
  • Send encrypted mail using S/MIME
  • OS-level support for turn-based games
  • Purchase and download games within Game Center
  • Social recommendation on Game Center
  • System wide built-in dictionary
  • Split keyboard for iPad for thumb typers
  • AirPlay mirroring to your Apple TV
  • Wi-Fi iTunes sync
  • New multitouch gestures to flick between apps
  • New iPad Music app
  • Personal dictionary support
  • Hourly weather forecasts
  • Typing shortcuts
  • Alternate routes in maps
  • Voiceover options
  • Wireless sync for Exchange tasks
  • FaceTime mid-call invitation alerts
  • Improved FaceTime video quality
  • Mass configuration
  • Real-time stock quotes
  • Custom vibration patterns
  • Accessible input for mobility
  • Improved offline support in Mail
  • Voiceover item chooser
  • Option to speak text
  • Set tones for voicemail, mail, and calendar alerts

Interesting Facts:

  • Safari on iOS accounts for almost 2/3 of mobile web browsing
  • Its engine (based of Android web browser) accounts for nearly 90% of all mobile browsing
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