IOS 5 To Be Unveiled Later Today, Here's Our Rumor Roundup

By 10:47 Sun, 11 Jul 2021 Comments

We are about ten hours away from the start of the WWDC ’11 where Apple will demonstrate the recent iOS 5. Now the last few weeks have been quite busy with all sorts of rumors of what’s going to be changed or added to this next version. So we’ve compiled a small list of things that we have heard so far and are sure would create it to the final version.

iCloud Integration

This one’s a no brainer. From what we’ve heard about this service so far, we know it was designed specifically for Apple’s mobile products, which means you can expect tight integration of iCloud with iOS 5.

For now we know that it will allow you to upload your music to the cloud so you can stream it over the internet any time you want. But it could very well go beyond that, as you can figure out from the name itself. The name doesn’t just hint at music service the way, say, iTunes does. We can expect a lot more from iCloud, like the ability to upload/backup other kinds of data such as movies, contacts, bookmarks, game saves, application settings, etc. to the cloud and then transfer it to another device or restore it to the same device later. Perhaps, finally we wouldn’t have to connect the iOS devices to a Personal Computer (PC) or Mac anymore so that we may start using them. It could all be done over-the-air.

Improved Notifications System

There is a reason we would like to call it an “improved” notification system instead of a “new” notification system becautilize anything would be better than what iOS currently ships with. And by the looks of it it seems Apple has a pretty decent job of it.

What you see above is something that was uncovered by Techcrunch just a few hours ago. Here you can see what we hope is the recent iOS 5 screen. Notable changes include a recent top bar, which has doubled up in size, as it usually does when it wants to acquire your attention, and displaying notifications, recent tweets in this case. We assume when you tap the top bar it will hold you to the app responsible for the notifications and if the notifications are from multiple apps it will show some kind of list.

Of course, the above image might just be a fake and someone could be playing with our emotions here, knowing how badly we want a recent notification system in iOS. In which case that person can go to hell.

Also note the blackgray capturing camera icon. Much cooler than the current light gray version.


Ah, widgets. Android has them. WebOS has them. Symbian has them. Windows Phone 7 sort of has them. iOS was the only major Operating System (OS) that did not have them so far. But if the rumor mills are to be believed, Apple might just be looking at implementing them in iOS 5.

We have absolutely no concept how they will work though. In fact after looking at the above screenshot we are even doubting if at all it will be there in the OS. The current iOS homeclassy screen is designed in a way that places application icons at the forefront, instead of in a separate list, unlike the aforementioned platforms. Implementing widgets would probably involve reworking of this entire system. And if the above screenshot is true, Apple hasn’t done that in iOS 5.

Of course, it could be done differently. The app icons themselves may show information. Currently only the Calendar icon changes according to current date; every other icon is static. Perhaps Apple will implement a feature that will let developers animate their icons to show information. Like the weather app showing the actual temperature, for a change. The iPod icon can show the album art of the currently playing track. Photos app could show the last taken shot. Clock app could show the time you set for the alarm. Maps could show your current location. And with the high resolution Retina display on the recent iPhone and iPod touch, developers also have plenty of pixels to play around with.

New Multitasking System

The current multitasking method on iOS was welcomed by its users becautilize any kind of multitasking is better than no multitasking. However, when seen on its own, it isn’t particularly remarkable and nowhere near as fine as it is on Symbian^3, WebOS or even Android. We are not talking about the way it works, i.e., by pausing apps instead of actually running them in the background, but more about the way it looks. Having a row of icons below and then scrolling through them four at a time wasn’t very convenient.

You may remember the video that was leaked that showed a white iPhone 4 with a very different kind of multitasking. It looked and worked similar to the way windows do in Safari on the iPad, with the last nine apps showing their windows in a grid. You could also see the Spotlight window now part of this classy screen instead of a different homeclassy screen altogether. We do hope this is the recent multitasking system as in our thought it beats the current system hands down. We just wonder what happened to the audio playback controls along with the UI rotation lock that are present in current iOS as they are not shown in in that video.

Twitter Integration

Another thing that the rumor milled produced was recent of Twitter integration in iOS. And we are not just talking about a Twitter app built-in but system-level integration, which would allow you to, say, go to Pictures app and share a picture there on Twitter without the need for any application. As you can see from the notifications classy screen above, the phone also notifies you about recent tweets but we are guessing any app with access to the notification API would be able to do that.

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