iOS 5, Apple’ very soon going to liberate Mobile Operating System for the iPhone, iPad and iPad 2, and iPod Touch (third and fourth generation), has more than 200 upgrades and improvements over the previous OS, according to Apple. Some of the changes are significant, even if they do riff on signature features of other platforms.
Developers have had a chance to push around at an appetizer of the new operating system for several weeks, although the public is only just now learning about what they can expect. We've trolled the information that's come directly from Apple and culled out the most exciting pieces—when a company touts 200 changes in a single product, you can bet that not all of them are highlights.
The big picture is this: The iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch will see more integration, both among the apps each device runs and between one another. The number of clicks, taps, and swipes it takes you to achieve a task will be reduced significantly—and maybe even reduce.
From the statements so far, at least one app that will be preinstalled on all new iOS devices is a variation on some other popular app that users formerly had to buy from a third-party developer, and my hunch is we'll see more of this in the future.
iOS 5 will be compatible with: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 3rd Generation, iPod touch 4th Generation, iPad, iPad2, and presumably the iPhone 5.
There's prosperity to be thrilled about. Here are the ten features that stand out the most in iOS 5.