Those who saw the iOS 5 announcement at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June can't wait until it arrives.
And to this day, my most popular post is "What To Expect From iOS 4." It's probably not because everyone wants to read about an operating system that's more than a year old. It's because people are searching for hints about the NEXT operating system. I've held off going over all of the features of iOS 5 because we've been bombarded by them in the mainstream tech websites. So, now that all the hoopla is over and we're just waiting until Apple sets a date for its Fall Apple Event I guess it's time for me to remind you what we're all waiting for.
This is probably the most wanted feature ever since the initial push notifications were added to iOS. While I still find pop-up notifications very useful, it is incredibly intrusive for many people. And since push notifications were enabled, I've been using Boxcar which is basically an app that keeps track of your push notifications and enables push notifications for other apps.
But, Notification Center in iOS 5 is a much more elegant solution. By swiping down (yes, like in the Android operating system), you will be able to see a list of our notifications. Also, you can choose your notifications to appear at the top of the screen instead of middle of the screen. That was demoed at the WWDC:
iMessage probably took a cue from BlackBerry Messenger. iMessage is basically text messaging through the Internet between iOS devices. iPhones can message each other without using up valuable text messages. iPhones can text iPad and iPod Touches with Internet connections and vice-versa. While apps like Beejive, Kik, and, to some degree, Facebook Messenger are trying to replace traditional communications via texting or emailing, iMessage just goes that extra step to providing a comprehensive text communications system to an entire platform of devices.