- Widgets – FINALLY – Swipe left from the home screen, or even from the lock screen.
- Redesigned Control Center, including support for 3d touch.
- Raise to wake.
- Hide stock apps – they don’t actually delete but they are hidden and their data is removed.
- Redesigned music app, less confusing than before.
- Siri Voice sounds slightly more like an actual person.
- Siri is now open source, so apps can support it, no longer limited to stock apps.
- A dedicated Home Kit app to manage your smart home appliances.
- Clear all notifications in one go!
- Photos app can search for objects and for people based on their face.
- Copy and paste across various iOS devices – copy on your iPhone, paste on your mac.
- Swipe to the left to use the camera from the lock screen.
- iMessages updated to include: effects, emojis recognition, etc including 3rd party apps support for iMessage
- Reply to messages from the home screen in a widget
They say ‘it’s whats on the inside that counts’. At least that’s what Apple would have you believe, and I suppose there not wrong. The iPhone 4s, will punch harder than the iPhone 4 but will physically look the same.
As fanyboys shake off their disillusionment over lack of an iPhone 5, lets take stock here. The iPhone 4 looks amazing, the glass design is sleek, modern and classy. It’s a winner and still is! Upping the specs and maintain the same external hardware for another year might seem like a smart idea, and will (hopefully) allow Apple more time to work on iPhone 5 for next year. But Apple better watch out, as the competition will be circling around this one with some glee.
Still I can’t help feeling a little let down by Apple this year. I really expected a hardware refresh for the iPhone. But there is still lots to look forward to, even if you are not getting the iPhone 4s!
iOS 5 Release Date
iOS 5. Which was unveiled last year, will be available for the 3Gs, iPhone 4 from the of 12th October, and it will open up a whole new world for your iPhone. Using iCloud your iPhone will be liberated from your Mac or PC, you no longer need to connect to iTunes to activate it! A few other features of iOS include:
Notification Center: You get all kinds of notifications on your iOS device: new email, texts, friend requests, and more. With Notification Center, you can keep track of them all in one convenient location. Just swipe down from the top of any screen to enter Notification Center.
Newsstand: Read all about it. All in one place. iOS 5 organizes your magazine and newspaper app subscriptions in Newsstand: a folder that lets you access your favorite publications quickly and easily.
Reminders: Next time you think to yourself, “Don’t forget to…,” just pull out your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and jot it down. Reminders lets you organize your life in to-do lists — complete with due dates and locations. Say you need to remember to pick up milk during your next grocery trip
As I said above, there is no hardware changes on the outside, but inside there is a number of positive improvements.
Like the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s it will be available in white, black and
Irish Green. Capacity is 16, 32 or 64 GB. Apple also says it has a ‘better’ antenna which will hopefully squash reports of dropped calls which haunted the iPhone 4. The camera looks amazing, 8-megapixel with video stabilization which records HD video (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio! The release date for Ireland is the end of October 2011, with the UK getting it October 14.
Something which will make a noticeable difference to the operations of this device is the two cores in the A5 chip which Apple say will deliver up to two times more power and up to seven times faster graphics!
Engadget liked it, reporting:
Much in the same way that the 3GS improved the overall experience of the 3G, the 4S does likewise compared to the existing 4. The dual-core A5 chip is a laudatory improvement, and whisking about pages, loading the camera application and launching — well, just about everything — just feels zippier. As it should.
Siri looks amazing. Voice commands that work! The demos are impressive. But what is it exactly? Watch this promo video from Apple to better understand it.
Apple have issued invitations to the media for an iPhone themed event – called “Let’s talk iPhone“. As reported by Jim Dalrymple of the Loop who snapped up a fancy invite. Although not specifically mentioning the iPhone 5/4s, it’s a widely expected Apple will announce it. The event, as noted here previously, will be held on October 4th at the company’s Town Hall auditorium in Cupertino, California.
Apple on Tuesday officially announced its iPhone 5 launch event. According to the invitation received by The Loop, the event will be held on October 4 at Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. campus. The event will begin at 10:00 am PT.
What will Apple call the iPhone, what to expect in terms of hardware? We have to wait for the event! But we can exect additional information and possible launch dates for iCloud and iOS 5. Additionally reports suggest Apple may also announce some changes to its iPod line and a Facebook iPad app. We can finally put the endless rumours to bed for a few months before iPhone 6 talks begin!
According to a report on the internet today, this year Apple will change the way we talk (or don’t talk – I mean who uses Voice Control? – very few) to our iPhone.
This new voice control feature of iOS will be called Assistant, and unlike most voice control devices today – it may actually be usable to the point of being able to instruct your iPhone to text a contact and allowing you to dictate the content of the text!
According to the report, Apple will be using a software company they snapped up last year to ensure the iPhone 5 will understand your commands, and also be able to double-check its accuracy before carrying out said command! You do not have to speak slowly or in a robotic voice for the iPhone 5 to be able to understand you! Sadly, you will need an iPhone 5 to use the feature due to the processor requirements.
One of the more interesting components of this report from 9to5Mac, discuss how the iPhone 5, utilizing a new A5 chip with 1GB of ram, will be able to carry out conversation style commands with its owner. For example you can ask the iPhone to schedule an appointment, and in an additional command within the same thread, continue the request to invite the person, and state the location!
Included also is the ability to ask your iPhone where your friends are! I would assume this would require them to also have iPhone 5 devices, and it will naturally open a new can of worms in terms of privacy.
Sadly however, 9to5Mac, have nothing to tell us with regard to the appearance of the iPhone 5. Apple, it seems to have wised up and are using the guts of the iPhone 5 in iPhone 4 shells. It seems – what we have seen online in terms of cases, are pretty indicative of what the device might look like in terms of shape.
I have a love hate relationship with these kind of rumors, this one is particularly interesting and is bound to grab your interest in what Apple have up their sleeves in October!
Hopefully though, the fruit in Cupertino have much more than this for us in October! I myself am hoping for a redesign of the iPhone. Let’s see what all the fuss is about? Have you say in what you would like in our poll!
I would love if the iPhone 5 could have Majel Barrett’s voice – but that’s just me!
While Apple could certainly change its plans anytime, sources said that the Oct. 4 date has been selected by the company to showcase the iPhone 5. Sources added that the plan is now to make the new device available for purchase within a few weeks after the announcement. Source AllThingsD
A report making its way around the internet is that Apple is holding a media event, which will focus on the iPhone 5, to be held on the 4th of October. The event is said to prominently feature Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook, who faces the challenge of convincing people that Apple will be the same company without Steve Jobs at the helm. It would be nice to see Steve hand over to Tim, but maybe also – it would be better to leave the past the past and place all focus on the new CEO?
This was posted on the Apple website today, so I thought I’d share it on this website.
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
Some exciting news for SKY television customers in Ireland and the UK from July 6 th . Sky announced that they will be scrapping their old SKY Mobile TV app and Sky Player service in favour of a service called SKY Go, which will consolidate the two services and mirror SKY customers’ subscription. This means no more paying extra for SKY Sports if you already have the channels. Sadly iOS devices will be limited to five Sky Sports channels, ESPN and Sky News, but SKY say further channels to be added over time.
It’s better news for your Mac or PC “customers will be able to access more than 30 live channels, including all five Sky Sports channels, Sky Movies, Sky News, Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts, MTV, Disney, G.O.LD, Nickelodeon, NatGeo, History, Eden and ESPN, supported by an extensive library of on-demand content.”
You must already have a subscription to the above channels in order to watch them of course, but if you don’t. Sky Go will be available from August to non-Sky TV customers, with monthly subscriptions priced from £15-£40.
Still waiting on RTE Player here!
Stephen van Rooyen, Deputy MD of Sky’s Customer Group, comments :
“The explosion of smartphones and tablets demonstrates the increasing consumer demand for accessing entertainment and communicating on the move. We have already responded to this by offering a range of services, including live TV, across many new innovative platforms and devices, like laptops and iPhones.
“Clearly the consumer appetite is there, and it’s growing. In responding to that, and to create even more value, choice and flexibility for our customers, we are now going to offer online and mobile access to Sky content at no extra charge. The future support of a nationwide Wi-Fi network will help us supercharge that experience further still.”
Part of iCloud functionality seems to be already active on iPhones, under a tab in the app store called ‘purchased’. This new tab contains a history of all applications downloaded with your account, including those not purchased on your iPhone. This functionality went live shortly after the Apple keynote yesterday. Some folks may object to having a history of apps on your device that you downloaded! If you have downloaded a lot of apps like me, luckily this list is searchable! Check it out for yourself if your curious!
iOS 5 was today announced by Apple. Some new exciting updates and enhancements were announced. We have the down low on iOS 5 in bite size bullets below. It will work for iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2, iPod Touch 3rd, 4th Gen.
- Notifications: It has taken a long time for Apple to give us this one. iOS 5 will come with a notification screen which you can slide down from the top of the display, much in the same fashion as android. The exciting thing about iOS 5 notifications, is that it also brings notifications to the lock screen, finally all that wasted screenspace has a purpose. You will be able to see at a glance what’s new on your device. Also when you are running an app or a game you are no longer interrupted by a notification pop up, instead a notification appears and disappears at the top of the screen!
- iMessage: iMessage allow you to message any other iOS device, and it’s built into the messaging app. Think of Blackberry Messenger for the iPhone!
- Newsstand: To me this looks like iBooks for magazines. Apple can automatically update your magazine subscriptions to the newsstand, keep an eye on the credit card folks!
- Twitter integration: Tight Twitter integration was expected for iOS 5 and that is exactly what we got. “iOS 5 makes it even easier to tweet from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Sign in once in Settings, and suddenly you can tweet directly from Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube, or Maps. Want to mention or @reply to a friend? Contacts applies your friends’ Twitter usernames and profile pictures. So you can start typing a name and iOS 5 does the rest. You can even add a location to any tweet, no matter which app you’re tweeting from.”
- Camera: I like that with iOS 5 you can now access the camera from the lock screen, there is often that moment you grab your phone for a quick snap, and by the time you have it ready to go, the moment is lost. We assume this can be disabled for the security conscious. Also images can be stored on iCloud, which is coming in the Autumn alongside iOS 5.
- Safari Reader: Not sure I understand this one, and I am not sure how webmasters will react to this. Safari Reader removes all the clutter (I imagine this is the ads) and lets you read the article, nice for the end-user, not the webmaster. You can also store the articles on the cloud. Safari will also have tabbed browsing, which is a welcome addition.
- iCloud. Apple have removed the PC and Mac, you no longer need to hook up an iPad or iPhone to activate it or the sync its content, this is all thanks to the iCloud, which is free. The cloud also works with 9 apps! And can be used to backup your device.
- “The new Reminders app helps you manage your tasks; create and group related tasks together; and set time or location-based reminder alerts, priorities and due dates, so you can be reminded of a task as its deadline approaches, or when you arrive or depart a given location. Reminders can also be viewed in iCal® and Outlook and are updated automatically.”
Apple have today announced that they will be unveiling iOS 5 and the next release of OSX on Monday next in San Francisco. As rumored around the internet they will also be unveiling iCould which they describe “Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.”
Apple® CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software – Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS® X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®; and iCloud®, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.