Photo: This Is My Next
Scott Forstall is on stage in Cupertino running through the latest features we have to look forward to when iOS 5 arrives on October 12.Here they are.
Your lock screen will be a display that tells you about your new texts, emails, and push notifications. Slide your finger over the notification you're interested in and the related app is automatically launched.
We've seen more or less exactly this implementation before with Android's Mobile Notifier.
Much like iBooks did for books, Apple's Newsstand will let you buy and subscribe to digital editions of popular magazines.
Core level integration with Twitter! You'll be able to tweet photos directly from the Camera app, tweet links from Safari and YouTube, and even tweet your location from Maps.
You'll also be able to use this to keep your contact list up-to-date.
Tabbed browsing is on its way, and so is Reading List, Apple's Read It Later clone for reading webpages offline.
This seems to be a pretty straightforward to-do list. However, it appears to be location-aware, and locations can set off reminders as you arrive or leave a specific place.
You'll be able to access your Camera directly from the lock screen and can even use the volume button to take a picture. That should be quite handy when shooting in horizontal orientation.
Additionally, basic photo editing features will be included -- cropping, red-eye reduction, and something called 'quick enhance.' Our guess is that it's stripped-down lighting correction.
Get ready for rich text editing, indentations, and the ability to search contents of an email, not just subject and sender.
A dictionary has also been added to iOS 5 for spell check's sake, and the word is that it'll available to all apps.
We think they're about a year overdue on this one, but it's finally been announced -- you'll be able to wirelessly sync your iDevice and upgrade the OS over the air.
No more 'connect to iTunes' screens when you open a new device. Now it will simply say, 'Welcome!'
Game centre is getting its share of upgrades as well. You can add an avatar, compare your accomplishments against those of your friends. You can get game and friend recommendations.
It should make multiplayer games on iOS much more enjoyable.
iMessage will be most comparable to BBM -- it's an iOS-specific messaging service for swapping messages between any iOS devices. It will support text, photos, videos, and contacts over your cellular service or wifi.