Okay, so iOS 5 was announced today, to be released in the Fall (presumably with the iPod announcements in September):
iMessage: any iOS users, including iPod Touch and iPad users, can now message other iOS users, unlimited over wifi. Interesting, though it doesn't effect me because I got all my texts free anyway with Google Voice.
Newstand: Basically iBooks for magazine and newspaper subscriptions. Interesting, especially if I can get these for the same cost as the dead tree editions. If that's the case, I'm in. I'm tired of the print editions anyway.
Reminders: Just a To Do list that syncs over all devices via iCloud. I'll use it, if only because I've yet to find one that syncs well between my computer, iPad, and iPhone. Not exactly blockbuster either.
Twitter integration: Yawn. Isn't there already an app for that?
Camera and Photos: A lot better functionality here, which is good, because I use the camera constantly. Spot autofocus and exposure, auto enhance, grid lines, red eye removal, cropping, all in the phone. And the best part is using the volume up to take the picture, which is nice.
Safari: tabbed browsing, reader mode which de-clutters interface.
Wifi sync: no more tethering to a PC or Mac, now iOS devices can just sync to iCloud, including full restores, app installs, backups, etc. This will be nice, because I'm tired of syncing my iPhone, then my iPad everyday.
Various other improvements, notably new gestures that greatly reduce the need for the home button. 4 fingers up shows app switcher, pinching goes back to home screen.
Overall a nice evolution. The notifications were necessary to shut up the whiners, though I can't say I give a shit. I can see I have x amount of e-mails, x amount of texts, and x amount of annoying FB notifications. I don't need more shit to clutter it up, but whatever keeps the masses happy.
And seriously Hebo, stay the fuck out if you can't manage to NOT be smug and pompous. I'm not even going to begin to try comparing it to Android, because honestly, I don't give a shit.
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Windows 8 FTW!