At WWDC today, Apple announced details of iOS 5, its forthcoming operating system for the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod Touch. The company showed off 10 of the 200 features and enhancements it says iOS 5 contains. Though we got a look at some of the major additions at the event, the OS upgrade won't be available until fall.
To take a photo with a locked screen, you used to have to unlock the screen first, and chance losing your shot. Apple's iOS 5 provides a workaround through the auspices of a screen control and the volume rocker. A camera icon shows up directly to the right of the unlock slider, which will snap open the camera app, even if you have a passcode. Pressing the volume "up" will trigger the camera shutter button. The crowd goes wild.
Photo editing is also on board now. One-click enhancing and iPhoto are coming to the photos app, and so is speedy color correction. Editing options include cropping and rotating, and red-eye reduction. The app itself includes grid lines, pinch to zoom, and changing the exposure by pressing and holding the screen.
Another long-awaited feature will let you cut the USB cord. Going forward, you won't need to tether the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to your primary computer to receive major and minor iOS updates. In the future, Apple will serve them over the air, updating only the changes, rather than the entire OS anew, so updates should also be shorter. iOS 5 will back itself up before syncing as well.
Other things you'll be able to achieve wirelessly include editing photos; creating and deleting calendars; and managing e-mail folders.