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CNET First Look
Apple iOS 5iOS 5 brings some welcome new features, but it's an incremental update thus far. Kent German gives you a tour.
-Hi, I'm Kent German, senior editor here at cnet.com. Today, I take a First Look at the beta version of Apple iOS 5 that will run on the iPhone 3GS. It will run on the iPad and then will run on the iPod Touch as well. I'm gonna start off with notifications 'coz that's one of the more exciting ones. Luckily, Apple has taken a page from androids, but actually of course Apple does it differently by a pull-down menu, so you just take the top the screen, you pull down, and you'll see all of your notification. You'll see missed calls. You'll see missed e-mails. Apple added a couple of new things though. You do see a current weather. You can see a stock ticker, so really nice to see those notifications, updates. It's just something Apple has needed to do for awhile and great to see it. Next feature is a newsstand. This is very similar to iBooks. It looks very much like the iBooks icon. You can go there. You can see all your magazines in 1 place and then as new magazine subscriptions come in so as new issues come out, they'll be downloaded to the phone automatically, really nice there. To add better Twitter integration on iOS 5, you can tweet a photo straight from the photo application. So once you take a photo, you can do it all from the photo, so that's really nice. You can also do things like add a location. You can sync Twitter with your contacts list and you can tweet directly from YouTube, Safari, and Map, so nice to see there. We also have a new reminders app. Now, that enables you to do sort of like a to-do list and you can put them on on one thing. They'll send you reminders as you need to. The reminders also can be tied to your location so that's a new feature. Camera controls, couple of things you'll be able to do is you'll be able to-- You can gridlines when you're taking a photo. You can pinch to zoom and then once you take a photo, you'll get camera editing features. Not a really extensive amount of these, but you can do things like crop, you can rotate, you can do red eye reduction. So, nice to see there and again that's just from the photo gallery application. iMessage, this is a brand-new feature. It's very similar to BlackBerry Messenger. So, it's a free messaging application. You can do group messaging. You can send multimedia messages. You can send videos or photos and to-- just another feature to keep in contact and more from messaging. One of the best things is PC free. This enables you to activate your iPhone and do software updates without plugging the iPhone into your computer, so that's a great thing. Inside the e-mail, we'll have a few options. You'll be able to flag messages. You have a rich text format among other things, better indentation, and the ability to drag addresses between your 2 cc and bcc line. Also, in the mail application, you can search within the body of e-mails rather than just the subject to and from lines, so another good addition. Finally, the Safari browser. You'll be able to add links to a read later list, also have a reader feature that will strip down all the junk on a web page and just give it a nice clean format. Other things you will see is you will get a split keyboard for the iPad. You'll get a revamped music app for the iPad. Also in Games Center, you can buy games directly from Games Center. Apple did say they will have 200 new features in iOS 5. They only really went through 10 of them and I've mentioned a few of those 10 here. iOS 5 is a smaller update. Hopefully, this sets us up for something bigger down the road and sets us up for a new hardware, maybe hopefully in the fall of 2011. I'm Kent German here with the First Look at iOS 5.