Apple iOS 5 Features: What you need to know

Video: iOS 5 features set to land on 12th October

iCloud and Twitter integration are amongst the new features on the Apple iPhone 4S. With an October 12th iOS 5 release date finally confirmed, T3 rounds up its best and most important features

We didn't get an iPhone 5 or any hardware for that matter at this year's Apple WWDC 2011 conference, but what we did get was our first look at iCloud, OS X Lion and iOS 5. With the Apple iPhone launch event nearing on the horizon, fanboys can expect to learn more about the latest iOS update with rumours strife that a new Assistant voice control app could be added to the iOS 5 ranks.

Set to include over 200 features for iPhone, iPad, iPad 2 and iPod Touch (3rd and 4th Gen) users, an iOS 5 release date has been confirmed for October 12th. Covering the key additions from the raft of new goodies, we break down our pick of the best iOS 5 features for iPad, iPod, and the iPhone.

iOS 5 features: iPhone

1. Apple iOS 5: iMessage

A new messaging service that lets you easily send text messages, photos and videos between all iOS devices. Built right into the Messages app, iMessage allows you to send text messages, photos, videos or contact information to a person or a group on other iOS 5 devices over Wi-Fi or 3G. iMessage also features delivery and read receipts, typing indication and secure end-to-end encryption.

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2. Apple iOS 5: Notification Centre

A way to easily view and manage notifications in one place without interruption. Notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen without interrupting what you’re doing. With one swipe you can see all your notifications, and a simple tap will take you right to its app for more detail. Notifications also appear on the lock screen, with the ability to be taken to the notifying app with just one swipe.

3. Apple iOS 5: Camera

Improving things on the snapping front, iOS 5 notably adds the ability to use grid lines for rule of thirds composition, use a two-finger pinch gesture to zoom in and out, single-tap focus. Users will also be able to download photos to other iOS devices using Photo Stream via iCloud. Crucially you'll also be able to get to the camera from the lock screen.

4. Apple iOS 5: Reminders

The to-do list feature with support for Outlook and iCloud, iOS 5 will now help to organize your life making sure you are fully stocked up in the freezer with location based integration letting you know about your shopping list when you pull into the supermarket. When you make a change to your to-do list your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone will be updated automatically.

5. Apple iOS 5: Mail

A whole host of features will improve dealing with your email correspondence which include dragging email addresses between fields, flagging important messages, notifications when you've forgotten to add a subject line in an email, Hotmail integration and rich text editing support.

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iOS 5 features: iPad

1. Apple iOS 5: PC Free

OS 5 users can activate and set up their iOS device right out of the box and get software updates over the air with no computer required, and iOS software updates are delivered over the air and installed with just a tap.

2. Apple iOS 5: Built-in Twitter integration

A feature strongly tipped prior to its official announcement, iOS 5 will now let you sign in once and then tweet directly from all your Twitter-enabled apps, including Photos, Camera, Safari, YouTube and Maps with a single tap.

3. Apple iOS 5: Newsstand

A new way to purchase and organise your newspaper and magazine subscriptions. A new section of the App Store features just subscription titles, and allows users to quickly find the most popular newspapers and magazines in the world. If subscribed to, new issues appear in the Newsstand and are updated automatically in the background so you always have the latest issue and the most recent cover art.

4. Apple iOS 5: Wi-Fi Sync

A feature which some have suggested may have been inspired by an app rejected by Apple last year, now lets you sync you iPad, iPhone, or iPad to a Mac or PC through a shared Wi-Fi connection. Backing up new content, Wi-Fi Sync means you can access all your media where ever you want them.

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iOS 5 features: iPod Touch

1. Apple iOS 5: Photos

Once you've captured your snaps you'll now be able to edit them within the Photos app. Crop, rotate, remove red-eye and once you're done you can sync snaps to your iPad via Apple's iCloud service.

2. Apple iOS 5: Safari

Enhancing browsing capabilities on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, iOS 5 lets you read pages without the distraction of ads. The Reading List feature lets you save articles for reading later, while the introduction of Tabbed browsing on the iPad means you can keep track of multiple web pages.

3. Apple iOS 5: Calendar

Optimizing your yearly and weekly schedules, iOs enables simple drag and drop to create an event, view events from attachments without leaving the app, and if you wish to share details of your calendar, iCloud will let you sync event details to all your iOS devices.

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4. Apple iOS 5: Game Center

Introduced in the previous major Apple iOS update, the source for all your gaming now allows you to download games straight from the Game Center. Additionally, you can add a profile picture to your account, see how many points you've racked up, arrange your friends according to their points stash and get friend and game recommendations all from withing the app.

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iOS 5 features you may not know about

1. iPhone picture taking using your headset

As the video demonstrates below, iOS 5 will let iPhone users will be able to snap photos using the headphone remote volume up button. Apple did announce that you could take pictures using the iPhone volume button. While it may seem like an insignificant addition, travelling photographers could feasibly hook up a tripod and capture their snaps without fiddling with the touchscreen.

2. iOS 5 features: Taking pictures on your iPhone with a headset

3. 1080p video playback (iPad 2)

Currently Apple tablets only support 720p video playback, so with iOS 5, iPad 2 users will now be able to enjoy higher resolution video which is should make up for the lack of Retina Display. Interestingly the iPad 3 could be set for a Retina Display if details in the iOS 5 SDK are found to be accurate.

4. Multiple app downloading

Helping you pack to increase your iPhone and iPad app stash quicker than before, you’ll now be able to download more than one app simultaneously, instead of one-by-one which is sure to come as good news for apps fans all over.

5. FaceTime over 3G

Since Apple launched the video calling feature for the iPhone 4 last year, it has since been rolled out for the iPod Touch and Mac devices. The problem was however remained that it could only work over Wi-Fi. iOS 5 looks set to change that, with 3G support on the way while FaceTime will also work with a phone minus a SIM card, working via your email.

6. Over the Air (OTA) updates

It's been common practice on the Android mobile platform for some time, and now Apple will introduce iOS updates (post iOS5) to users without having to connect it to via a computer or a cord. Running over Wi-Fi, the daily back ups will include books, media, photos, videos, purchased iTunes music, settings and app data.

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Apple iOS 5 release date

So when can you get your hands on iOS 5? Apple announced it as October 12th at the official iPhone 4S launch and it will be available to download across all Apple platforms, including iPhone, iPad and iPod.

Are you happy with the latest upgrades? What do you think is missing? Let us know in the comments below.