iOS 5 Now Official – Coming This Fall

Apple has announced iOS 5 along with all the features that it brings to the iPhone, iPod and iPod touch. The iOS 5 release date will be sometime in the fall of this year although no specific date has been mentioned. As for compatibility, it will work on the iPhone 3GS, 4, iPod touch 3rd and 4th gen as well as the iPad and iPad 2.

Take a look below to see what new features are coming to iOS 5:

The first iOS 5 feature is called the Notification Center. What this does is allow you to get all alerts and notifications in an unobtrusive location. Rather than popping up a message in the middle of the screen, notification center puts a small bar at the top of the screen each time a new message arrives. It then hides away seconds later. If you want to look at the notification that just arrived, you slide down from the top of the screen to see the panel. You can then tap on any notification to be taken to the event. Notifications work on the lock screen as well as within apps and the home screen:

The next new feature is iMessage. What this does is lets you have a conversation with other iOS 5 owners via text, video or photo. iMessage is synced across all your iOS 5 devices so that you can join the conversation from whatever device you are using.

Reminders has been added to the list of new features. What this does is create a far better reminder system that lets you organise a task list. It also allows you to set a location as a reminder and set up a geofence so that when you leave an area, you might get an alert about something you need to do. Alternatively, you can configure it to alert you when you enter an area.

Other features include multitasking gestures (currently in use for those who are developers). WiFi sync is another big announcement as it now lets you cut the cord between your PC/Mac and iPad/iPhone. To sync now, you just need to be on a wifi network with your computer. We also hear that there will be no activation via iTunes when buying an iOS 5 device. Instead, it can be activated from the device it self.

The camera now can use the up volume button to capture a picture. Pinch to zoom has also been added along with a camera button on the lock screen so you can open up the camera without having to swipe and unlock.

Twitter is now integrated with the OS and lets you tweet direct from various apps.

Overall, quite an impressive update.

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