iOS 5 may land descending from the clouds later this fall
When Steve Jobs was unveiling the iPad 2 earlier this month, we were secretly hoping that the next version of Apple's mobile platform – iOS 5, will also get mentioned, at least briefly. Alas, our expectations were not met and iOS 5 was never brought to our attention, but there may be a solid reason for Apple not doing that.
Rumors say that Apple may have pushed the release of iOS 5 for the fall of 2011 with an announcement probably scheduled several months before that – during the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). This brings up the question whether the iPhone 5, which is expected to launch this summer and to get introduced at WWDC as well, will ship running the next generation of Apple's mobile platform or will simply come with some iOS 4 version and receive an update eventually. After all, it is common practice for Apple to introduce a major iOS release along with every new iPhone model. Is it possible for Steve Jobs to have decided breaking the company customs this time?
According to the same sources that bring the aforementioned rumor, iOS 5 is very likely to demonstrate strong integration of cloud services among the many alterations it is hinted to bring. One of the supposed cloud applications may have the ability to locate nearby friends and relatives, while another was described as a “music locker” service, maybe having something to do with cloud-based audio storage or media streaming. More on Apple's cloud services will probably be revealed in June, when WWDC will take place.
Is there something in particular that you are hoping for iOS to bring? Who knows, maybe if you share them in the comments with us, your wishes will be granted.
1. Zingoser (unregistered)
I only hope for two simple things (will probably never come, but anyway).
- FM radio
Those features make me thinking of moving to Android
11. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
iheartradio.. is a free raido app on iOS
2. IOS5 (unregistered)
^_^ DONE ^_^
3. clevername (Posts: 1379; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Im really hoping for a new ui to replace the antiquated, though sufficient current UI. a new notifications system and widgets could also benefit from a new UI as well.
4. box (unregistered)
How about not dropping calls? That'd be a great software update.
Hardware-wise, to stay competetive, the iPad2's processor/memory, bigger screen, lose the sharp edges of the current phone, UMTS/GSM "4G" capability, a removable battery and a MicroSD card, and a lower price tag for a glorified made-in-China ipod
5. box (unregistered)
Oh yeah, and more buttons. One button to control the interface is sufficiently ridiculous, especially compared to Android, WP7, and Symbian
7. wolfinsheepsclothing (unregistered)
Sounds like you're just not an Apple person...
6. twashington4 (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 May 2010)
Knowing Apple, they'll give you just enough to keep you looking ahead to iOS 5.5 or 6.
8. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)
The lock screen should be allowed to hold a widget or two and they should find a new way of displaying that you have a missed call/message on the lock screen. I Also think live wallpapers in the background will be AMAZING for the iPad, iPod and iPhone.
9. Kjayhawk (Posts: 266; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
I'm super excited for iOS 5!!!! But I wouldn't think a ui enhancement is likely, always fun to see what apple has up its sleeve. Also the movie Sucker Punch sucked
18. Horse_Feathers (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)
Sucker Punch sucked? Well, there's a surprise!
10. cslack (unregistered)
Ok....my first post here. Been an avid smart phone users since the first of many inceptions. Finally switched to the iPhone once Verizon got ahold of it. I have been with Verizon...or the previous derivation of....since 1989.
I am soooooo glad I didn't jump into the Android boat and waited for this. Begs the question....why do you need a removable battery when the iPhone battery lasts me a solid full day under heavy usage? Of the several close friends and my son all have Android based devices and none can boast that claim.
Have I sacrificed some customization with this phone vs. Android? Sure....
But the device works and I travel the all over the US on a weekly basis and have as good of reception as I had with my previous devices.
As far as iOS5 is concerned my biggest issue is global capability. It sounds as though even making the phone LTE capable will not in fact make it global capable. That would be disappointing.
12. yasshammou (unregistered)
Live Wallpapers And Advanced Skin Will Also Be Great !
Also If They Introduce A Flash Player Enabled Into the device will be awesome to compet other devices . a option that can enable/disable the flah option !
13. RichardB (unregistered)
......just one requirement.....the ability to bluetooth photos and video to and from the iPhone from a non-iPhone device.....simple, very effective and used a lot here in the UK, but just locked down currently....why oh why...???
14. 3gs user (unregistered)
i just switched to an iphone 3gs (got the phone for free, no way i would sign a contract for a nearly 2yo phone). The two biggest things that i miss and would like to see are long press for more options and widgets!
16. PhoneLuver (Posts: 459; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)
I would love to see a UI refresh. I've been looking at the same screen for 2 years now and it's getting boring.
MP3 Ringtones and sms ringtones would be a MAJOR plus.
File system to be able to get data from non-synced sources like USB or a memory card.
The ability to get more picture data(size, date taken etc).
The ability to change picture orientation in camera roll.
Better scaling of iPhone apps on the iPad.