iOS 5 – the next major update for the iPad (and iPhone) operating system – is going to be released to the public on October 12, next Wednesday.
It will be a free update and of course it includes many impressive new features. Today Apple has released the gold master build to developers – this is generally nearly identical to the final public release.
I’ve been running the developer betas on my iPad and iPad 2 for months now, and I can tell you that the latest beta 7 (prior to today’s gold master release) is rock solid and a pleasure to use.
iOS 5 brings features like AirPlay Mirroring (share everything you do on the iPad 2 to an Apple TV wirelessly) and Notification Center (a much slicker way to handle all your push notifications) and lots more to the iPad. Check out my recent post for a rundown of the best iOS 5 features for iPad.
Today is Apple’s long-awaited ‘Lets Talk iPhone’ event. It’s the event at which they’ll announce a new iPhone 5, or an iPhone 4S, or perhaps both. A huge day for iPhone fans – especially as this year the iPhone event is around 3 months ‘overdue’.
While the focus will clearly be on the iPhone today, there may well a fair bit of major iPad-related news as well. Here are just a few things we might get to hear about today that would be big news for many iPad owners:
— Facebook iPad App: We’ve known for months that the code for this app was already complete or very close to it – there was even a brief window where some of us got a chance to try it out. Its announcement has been expected for ages and today’s event seems as good a time and place as any to see it finally happen.
— iOS 5 Public Release Date and Gold Master Release: We should almost certainly hear a date for the public release of iOS 5 today. iOS 5 is the next major update to the iPad and iPhone operating system – and it brings a wealth of great new features for the iPad. Hopefully we will also hear that a Gold Master build of iOS 5 is released today for iOS developers.
— Lots of Talk about AirPlay: Probably not any new news on this topic, but much highlighting of just how cool this feature is – especially the awesome new AirPlay Mirroring in iOS 5.
— iOS App Rentals: Rumors about rentals becoming part of the App Store have surfaced over the last few days, based on strings of code referring to them in the latest iTunes beta. The ability to rent apps before buying would be a nice step and would help address the lack of trial software.
— An iPad TV App of Some Kind from Apple Themselves: I’ve only seen this mentioned once, by Robert Scoble on Google+. Not much detail here:
I’m hearing that Apple is working on a new iPad app that looks a lot like DirecTV without the dish, too.
It’s going to be an exciting day – for iPhone and iPad fans. Just knowing an iOS 5 release date is big news in its own right, and hopefully we’ll get plenty more than that.
iOS 5 is the next big update to the operating system software for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Apple has announced that it will be released ‘this fall’. As today is the start of fall, and the latest beta of iOS 5 runs beautifully on the iPad, it is widely expected that we’ll see the public release within the next few weeks.
So this seems like a good time to mention some of the best new features you’ll see on the iPad when iOS 5 comes out. I’ve been running all of the iOS 5 developer betas on either my original iPad or the iPad 2 – and the latest beta 7 on my iPad 2 for about three weeks now. These are some of the iOS 5 features I think are the most impressive:
Mutitasking Gestures: These allow you to swipe with four or five fingers to pinch back to the home screen from within any app, swipe up from the bottom of the iPad to reveal the multitasking bar, and to swipe left and right to move between recently used apps.
Tabbed Browsing in Safari: This has been around in some 3rd party browser apps for a while now, but it’s great to see it added to the built-in (and excellent) iPad browser. Safari also has a slick ability with these that I’ve not seen in other apps – tap and drag to move re-order tabs.
Over the last few weeks I’ve started to see a handful of iPad app updates that mention iOS 5 support or iOS 5 compatibility. Like the AOL Editions app’s update today – details of which are in the screencap above.
It’s not a great big number that I’ve seen, but it’s a noticeable trickle of iOS 5 updates at least.
Hopefully this is another good sign pointing to a public release of iOS 5 within the next few weeks.
In iOS 5 (which is expected to be released to the public in the next several weeks) the iPad Photos app gets a number of notable improvements, including the ability to create new albums right on the iPad itself.
Another nice new feature is the ability to do some quick photo editing in the Photos app.
You can rotate images, use auto-enhance, and remove red-eye with just a few quick taps. So, for instance, if you have a photo of the Yo Gabba Gabba ‘cast’ you can easily rotate it upside down to prove that they look no more bizarre than usual.
You can also crop images easily within the Photos app.
To do any of these things you simply open an image and tap on the Edit button – then rotate, enhance, remove red-eye, and crop to your heart’s content.
I’ve been trying these editing options out over recent weeks and they work well. The crop tool is especially smooth to work with. There are a number of very good 3rd party apps for the iPad that do these things better and offer a far wider range of editing tools and options – but for those who prefer not to have to buy 3rd party apps for this purpose, or whose needs are met by the new built-in editing features, this should be a very popular new capability that will get lots of use.
Reports at both Apple Insider and BGR today detail plausible rumors that Apple will launch iOS 5 in early October.
BGR has it from ‘a trusted source’ that beta 8 for iOS 5 will be released to developers this Friday (9/16) and a Gold Master build on or around September 23.
Apple Insider has even more specific information, which indicates release of iOS 5 on or around October 10:
Apple has reportedly informed its AppleCare division to expect an influx of iOS-related inquiries from customers beginning Monday, Oct. 10, perhaps signaling when the company plans to release iOS 5 to existing device owners.
Apple has stated that iOS 5 will be released this fall, and now as rumors heat up it looks like it’s really not far off.
iOS 5 brings a slew of cool new features to the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch – over-the-air OS updates, Wi-Fi sync, AirPlay Mirroring, Notification Center, the new iMessage app, Twitter integration, improvements to Photos, Mail, Calendar, and Safari apps, and multitasking gestures just to name a few.
Here’s hoping these latest rumors prove true and the iOS 5 release is just a few weeks away.
I’ve been running the latest iOS 5 beta on my iPad 2 for a little over a week now. I haven’t had a moment of regret about running the beta – it’s been very solid and stable and I haven’t had any major issues with it.
One of the most pleasant surprises for me in running the beta on the iPad 2 has been how good the apps compatibility is. In running the earlier betas on my iPad V1 (betas 1-4) I’d seen an awful lot of apps that just wouldn’t run at all, that would just continually crash back to the home screen.
I have 175 apps currently installed on the iPad 2. I haven’t done an exact count, but I’d say upwards of 90% of them run on this beta and around 80% run without any issues.
Some apps are less stable (a bit more crash prone) than they were in iOS 4.3.x, a few are mor erratic in performance – but overall apps are performing great. Happily, all of my real mainstay, frequently used apps are running just as well as ever – including apps like Flipboard, River of News, Plain Text, iA Writer, OmniFocus, Evernote, Aweditorium, Instapaper, Analytics App, 1Password, Squrl, Friended, and my two favorite iPad games – Football Manager Handheld 2011 and Flick Golf Extreme.
One big favorite that does not currently work (launches but crashes before completing transfers) is the excellent Photo Transfer App.
This was my biggest worry prior to installing the beta on the iPad 2 – and I’m very glad to see it was unfounded and that the vast majority of apps are running just fine on iOS 5.
Here’s a little something I’ve only just noticed in iOS 5 on my iPad Deux.
It no longer clears the ‘backgrounded’ apps from the Multitasking Bar when you restart the iPad. And yes, yes – I do realize that iOS does not yet have true multitasking and these apps are not really running in the background – just to get that out of the way.
My experience says that despite apps not truly ‘running’ in the background, they are still using up some system resources when left in whatever their less than fully active state is in the Multitasking Bar. They are using up some level of available program memory and draining the battery.
Up to now there have been two ways to manage the number of apps ‘resident’ in the MT bar – by manually quitting each or any desired after a tap and hold in the MT bar, or via a restart of the iPad (or iPhone). A restart could sometimes be the quickest method, if there were a very large number of apps in the MT bar.
And now that no longer seems to be a viable method in at least this (beta 7) version of iOS 5. I’ll keep looking at this, but I’ve tested several times now and found that the same set of apps that were resident in the bar before a restart are all still shown there once the iPad is back up.
‘Shown’ may be an important detail here – as apps do not appear to remember their state after a restart. Even so, if this stays this way on the final release of iOS 5 it will at the very least lead to some major confusion for users – as up to now a restart cleared out the apps shown in the MT bar.
Update: My mistake on this one. This is not new behavior in the iOS 5 betas. I had not noticed that this was already standard in iOS 4.x. Apologies for the oversight.
I posted recently about a very welcome new feature in iOS 5 for the iPad – the ability to create new photo albums right on the iPad itself.
It’s a feature that many of us have wanted to see for a long time. While I’m still glad to see this feature added to iOS 5, now that I’ve had some time to use it a bit, I have to say I’m not impressed at all. Here’s the cause of my first ‘This is lame’ moment with this new feature.
I created a few new albums in the Photos app soon after installing the latest iOS 5 beta on my iPad 2. The reason I created the folders (apart from just to test whether it worked) was so that I could better organize and divide up where photos / images are within the Photos app – rather than having them all dumped within the big buckets of Camera Roll, Last Imported and similar.
Once my new albums were created I set about moving some images from the Camera Roll to the appropriate new album – for instance photos of our dog and cat into a new album called ‘Pets’. Right off the bat there was a bit of a glitch. You can’t *move* an image to a new album – you are forced to copy it, which of course is not what I wanted to be doing. Copying as standard practice would soon have photos taking up far more space on my iPad.
iOS 5 allows users to create new photo albums within the Photos app, and to copy images from one album to another.
This is a new feature in iOS 5 that should make an awful lot of iPad and iPhone users happy:
In the Photos app in iOS 5 you can create a new album – and you can copy photos from one album to another.
You cannot move images from one album to another, only a copy or ‘Add to’ action is allowed. Even so, this makes it possible to do some good organizing of photos right on the iPad.
It’s not perfect yet perhaps, but it’s a whole lot better than having to do everything via desktop apps like iPhoto. This new functionality is working well in the latest iOS 5 betas.
Very nice to see this as the only item on the change list for the latest update of the Osfoora HD iPad Twitter app:
– Fixes for iOS5
Hopefully we’ll see iOS 5 hit the iPad in the next month or two.