07 Jun 2011
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First look at iOS 5

Apple's annual developers conference is a forum for Jobs and co to release their latest and greatest products. This year there has been a couple of hotly anticipated announcements, one being iOS 5 - the next generation of the iPhone and iPad operating system (the others being OS X Lion and the new iCloud service).

The iOS 5 is built to work with Apple's iCloud service and, according to the company, users can enter their Apple ID and password, "and iCloud will seamlessly integrate with your apps to automatically and wirelessly keep all of your mail, contacts, calendars, photos, apps, books, music and more, up-to-date across all your devices without ever having to connect to a computer."

According to Apple, other new features in iOS 5 include:

  • Game Center: updated to include the ability to add photos to profile, purchase games from within the app and more ways to find friends and new games;
  • Mail: enhancements include the ability to compose messages using draggable addresses, and a new formatting bar with bold, italics, underline and indention controls;
  • AirPlay Mirroring: wirelessly display everything done on an iPad 2 also on anHDTV through Apple TV; and
  • A system-wide split keyboard to make it easier to type on the iPad.
Here's a first look at the iOS 5 in operation. It looks like it's taken a page or two from its rival Android with the pull down 'Notification Center' and the in-built tweeting integration. 

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