New Features in iOS 5, and Apple Already Testing the New OS

Submitted by lalit on May 2, 2011 - 10:34pm.

The latest news on iOS front is that Apple has already started testing the new iOS 5 on various iOS devices. 9to5mac received multiple tips from developers saying that their apps are being tested with iOS 5. Log file (image below) of one such app shows that iOS 5 was tested on iPad 2, iPod touch 3G and 4G, and iPhone 4. Apple is also testing iOS 5 on iPhone 3GS, but it might not get all the features when iOS 5 is released.

Widespread testing of iOS 5 shows that Apple is in final stages of development of the new OS. This news along with what we have been hearing from our sources indicates that iOS 5 feature list is finalized. And according to one of our reliable source, following three features will be coming to iOS 5.

Completely Redesigned Notification System: One feature iOS has been criticized most for is the rudimentary notification system that is almost intrusive in many cases. Apple will completely redesign the notification system in iOS 5 and some people who have seen the new system in action say that it’s far superior to the notification system on Android 2.3. The new notification system will give easy access to all notification, while being out of the way when the user doesn’t needs it.

Improved Multitasking: Apple won’t be following Android or BlackBerry Playbook OS, where games and videos keep playing in the background just to show that the OS is multitasking when user is switching applications. Apple will refine their current multitasking system by improving access for third party apps, faster switching between apps and expose like interface showing live apps. Updated notification system will play a big roll in this approach.

Better Cloud Integration: Both the next generation iOS and Mac OS X will get better cloud integration. Users will not only be able to access data, but they will also be able to backup, sync and transfer data seamlessly between Apple devices. This cloud integration will come to both the iOS devices and Mac computers.

Apple will introduce the new iOS 5 at WWDC 2011 in June and it will be interesting to see what other features Apple will bring to iOS. The video below shows one of the ways the new notification system could work.
[Image via Peter Hajas]