Apple announced the iOS 5 at the WWDC event last day. The iOS 5 Beta was also made available the same day for the developers to work on. With over 200 new features, the iOS 5 is a major firmware release for the iDevices. Many rumors related to iOS 5 were hanging around the net before its announcement and now almost everything is extinguished.

iOS 5 Features

It was doubted whether Apple will give the iOS 5 support to earlier devices (iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 3G), but the firmware supports all the devices on which the iOS 4.3 was supported.

Below, you can have a good peep at some of the major features of iOS 5 :

1. Notification Center

A bunch of rumors were flying around telling the same news, that is the introduction of a new Notification system in iOS 5 and it has happened. Found at the top of the screen, the Notification Center is the place where you get all of your notifications regarding mail, messages, Facebook etc. You just need to swipe down at the top of the screen to access it. The lock screen also displays the notifications so that you’ll surely notice them easily if you have forgotten to check the Notification Center.

iOS 5 Features

2. iMessage

A separate new Messaging feature has been brought into iOS 5 – the iMessage. You can send and receive text, video, photo etc to your friends through iMessage. Group Messaging is also supported and you could easily switch between conversations.

iOS 5 Features

3. Newsstand

Newsstand organizes your magazine and newspaper subscriptions neatly and make it more comfortable to access each of them and also to purchase new ones easily from the separate section in the App Store for these subscriptions. Newsstand also updates an app that you are subscribed to automatically which makes it more easier.

iOS 5 Features

4. Reminders

Reminders feature in iOS 5 helps you to manage and create your list on what you are thinking to do each day (a to-do list). It is also location based so that, it tracks and reminds you of your duty according to the location.

iOS 5 Features

5. Twitter Integration

This is also a brilliant feature the twitter users would love about iOS 5. This integration of twitter in iOS 5 enables users to tweet directly from Camera, Photos, Youtube, Safari or Maps. You could mention others on the tweet and for that just start typing a name and iOS 5 helps you to finish it.

iOS 5 Features

6. Camera

Another big feature who frequently use their iOS device’s camera. If you have the habit of taking photos right at the moment you see it (or perhaps some moments can’t be reversed and so you need capture it right away), then this two major added features will make you happy for sure. iOS 5 has a camera button on the lock screen too so that you doesn’t have to unlock the device to take access the camera app and then capture the photo. Also, the +volume button now acts as the shutter button; just press it and you’re done! Also if you have enabled the Photo Stream in iCloud, automatically the photos will be transferred to all your other devices.

iOS 5 Features

7. Mail

Draggable email addresses, the option to flag messages and to search and look something in the dictionary have all brought in place in the iOS 5.

iOS 5 Features

8. Safari

Safari in iOS 5 has improved in its performance. It has been made more smoother and faster. The open tabs will be displayed in a row under the address bar. You can easily edit your Reader’s list on the go and also share it to all your devices via iCloud in iOS 5.

iOS 5 Features

9. PC Free

The iOS 5 makes the iDevices PC Free. You no longer need a computer to edit your files on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Also, OTA updates will be issued by Apple from iOS 5 onwards so that you could update to the latest firmware directly from you device and wireless syncing is also supported.

iOS 5 Features

10. Photos

You can now organize your photos in the albums easily and share them to your other devices through iCloud pretty easily. You could also crop, rotate or enhance your photos now on iOS 5.

iOS 5 Features

Many more features are running on the iOS 5 surface. You could go to Apple’s Official Site for more information on these features.

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