One of the most influential technological pageants of 2011 – Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2011 has opened yesterday. CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs made a keynote address introduced the main theme of this feast: Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud. Apple always makes the whole world to guess what it will do next. Now we finally get to know what new features iOS 5 really brings.
To Do List (New Reminders App)
New Camera Function
New Mail App
No PC Required
The first big change is Toast notification to bring more beautiful interface and better user experience. Apple has replaced the annoying pop up notice windows with a new app called “Notification Center”, located at the top of the screen as well as lock screen.
The iOS 5 brings a new virtual newsstand which is similar to iBooks to give users quick and easy access to magazines and periodicals.
Apple has finally leaned down to cooperate with other companies to integrate Twitter into iOS 5. But compare to Windows Phone which has already integrated with Facebook, Twitter and LinKedin, we have to say Apple needs to do more work.
The new reminders app makes it easy to make a To Do List, which users can list schedules and be reminded automatically when time is up. The interface is quite simple; besides, users can sync the information to other iOS devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Mac OS X.
A new camera function is added to iOS 5 which allows users to take a photo quickly without unlock the screen for those once in a lifetime moments.
Safari is predominant in Smartphone and Tablet markets. In WWDC 2011, new features are bringing to Safari. Users are allowed to save web pages offline for future reading and keep synchronized with other iOS devices.
The iOS brings a more powerful mail app which features rich text formatting, indentation control, draggable email address, message flagging and swipe to inbox.
The new iOS 5 will enable users to set up the devices easily without iTunes and PC anymore; all can be achieved via wireless synchronization.
Apple is always saying that it has the most apps in its Apple Store. Obviously the most popular apps are the games like “Angry Bird”. Apple should have developed this game center long ago to make it easier to purchase game apps, communicate with friends and group play with game pals.
Apple has unveiled this secretly kept iMessage yesterday which is quite awesome for users for it supports text, image, video, address list and more contents direct reading and real-time sending. But on the other hand, it hurts its telecommunication cooperators for this free app makes their text message services useless hereafter.
Other features like split keyboard on iPad to make typing easier and quicker.
One thing in particular is iOS 5, the next operating system that will power iPhone 3GS and 4, iPod touch 3G and 4G, and iPad 1 and 2. Till now we didn’t receive any news about the announcement of any hardware like the hot rumored iPhone 4GS, so this WWDC 2011 is doomed to be incomplete with only software.
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