Here is a wrap up of what was announced at WWDC with regards to iOS 5.
Scott Forstall started off giving an update to some numbers.
There are now over 200 Million iOS devices sold. Which Apple claims is the number one mobile Operating system with 44% share vs 28% share for Android and 19% share for RIM - with Other filling in 9% share. Numbers from Comscore for US April 2011. So that is not Global - just US Mobile Installed Base.
Over 25 Million iPads sold in the first 14 Months.
Over 130 Million downloads from the iBookstore.
Over 425,000 Apps currently in the App store with over 90,000 being iPad Apps (Smoke that Honeycomb). Over 100,000 of the 425,000 are Game and Entertainment Apps.
Over 14 Billion App Downloads and Apple has paid out over $2.5 Billion to Developers.
64% of Mobile Browser Usage is via Safari vs 27% for Android - Source Net Applications - for US April 2011.
Next up was the important stuff - iOS 5 Additions - Over 1,500 new API's and over 200 new User Features. Scott then went through what they called 10 "Key" new features.
1. Notifications - As in improving how they work. Greatly improving them as in not having Push's notifications interrupting you or worst yet them disappearing when you unlock. Actually you can still have a push message interrupt you with a pop up alert or you can have them as a banner at the top of the screen that allows you to keep on doing what you were doing. Apple has created - Notifications Center - where all your notifications are collected in one place. It includes Push Notifications, Phone Messages, Text Messages, Plus stocks and Weather. Plus they are adding Notification info to the lock screen. If you are thinking this sounds a lot like the Jailbreak App - Notifier - you would not be alone in thinking that. For more on the Jailbreak App Notifier listen to Ep 142.
2. Newsstand - Which is essentially the same as iBooksstore but just for Newspapers and Magazines.
3. Twitter Integration - Universal Login for your account in settings - which is shared with any apps using twitter (possible security issue?) Twitter option in Camera App for sharing photos. Plus tweeting from Safari, Youtube and maps. Plus Twitter is added to contacts and you can use peoples Twitter photos in your contact list.
4. Improvements to Safari - They added a button called Reader - which pulls out the chafe and centers in on the story you are reading. Just tap on "Reader" button when it appears in the title bar and it just brings in the text and images for that article and allows you to change the text size. If you tap on the side or on the Reader button again it goes back. Also while in "Reader" mode you can email the content of the article - not just the link. For all those of you that email me in articles where before you were copying and pasting - this will be a nice addition. They also Added "Reading Lists" to Safari - which is a way or bookmarking articles to read at a later time or on another iOS device and Safari on Mac and Windows too - as the reading list is sync'd via iCloud. They Also added Tabbed Browsing to Safari (About Time). You can have up to 9 tabs open at any time and switching between them is very fast. Also you can drag the tabs around to get them in the order you want (Very Nice feature).
5. Reminders - Think digital post-it notes. You can be reminded of things to do by Location or by date.
6. Camera Updates - First is adding a button to the camera from the lock screen. You can take photos with out entering passcode - but can't access other photos. I think college students will have fun with this feature and their friends iPhone - just sayin. They also now allow you to us the volume up button on the iPhone 4 to take pictures. (Yes that is the same feature they kicked someone else's Photo App out of the App store for - again just sayin). They added pinch to zoom in the camera - no more having to try to get on the slider to zoom. Auto Exposure Lock (NICE!!!) you can set the exposure on a person and then move around and the exposure stays set. You can now edit photos on your iPhone - Crop, Red Eye Reduction and Auto Enhance.
7. Mail Updates - Adding Rich Text Formatting (Yawn and sometime annoying), Indentation Control, Draggable Address between To, CC and BCC (About Time), Flag Messages or Mark as unread, Search now searches the content of the Entire Messages not just To, From and Subject - YEAH!!! (and again About Time), For the enterprise users support for S/MIME. You can now choose to show the 50, 100, 200, 500 or 1,000 most recent emails - The last two options being new.
UPDATE 6/9/11 - One big new feature - Being able to add multiple mailboxes to your email accounts including Pop Gmail accounts right on the iOS device. This was the biggest complaint of my Wife on email on the iPad and he favorite new feature in iOS 5. She also likes that it now says it is deleting the email and not archiving it.
8. PC Free - Which means no more needing a PC to setup an iOS device. So now an iPad can be your ONLY computer or at least you don't need to update your old computer to support your iPad. Now software updates will be over the Air. (Air being Wifi) And updates are Delta Updates - which means just what changes is what you download - no need to download the entire 666 MB file. Plus any things you previously needed to set up on your computer - ie a new Calendar - can now be done on the iOS device.
9. Game Center Update (Yawn) - Added Photos, Game and Player Recommendations, Game Downloads, Add dev support for Turn-based games.
10. iMessage - Messaging service between all iOS Devices. Can Send Text Messages, Photos, Video, Contacts, Group Messages. Plus you get Delivery Receipts and Read Receipts and Typing Indication to see if you are about to get a return message. Supported over both 3G and Wifi. All is sent Encrypted. If you are thinking "wow the Phone carriers must be pissed about this" you would not be alone in thinking that.
11. Split Keyboard (iPad only) - Mentioned in the email section - but deserved its own number as it is for all system apps. You can now for the iPad split the keyboard and move it up or down. This make it much easier for those that want to / need to type with thumbs while holding the iPad. Quick testing of this feature and I found it very frustrating to get the keyboard positioned where I wanted it (It is beta I am sure they will get that worked out) but once I did get it where I wanted it - wow - what a difference in sending emails and typing notes. Especially when standing and holding the iPad - the Split works for both Landscape and portrait modes and the position you finally settle on is remembered from App to App - until you accidentally merge and dock it - and then you start all over with the frustration of repositioning them - Apple needs to improve this before going gold in the Fall. This is one of those features you will love or hate.
12. WiFi Sync to iTunes - This should have been in the top 10 for sure and was barely mentioned in the keynote. This is one of those features that previously you needed to Jailbreak for - So once again with a major update to iOS it is clear Apple is looking to Jailbreakers for new iOS features. Apple may say they are against Jailbreaking - but it seems like the perfect Alpha testing ground for next gen iOS features. Just sayin.
13. In All Apple said there were over 200 new features for iOS 5 - some of the other new features that they showed up on the projector included:
- AirPlay Mirroring
- Alternate routes in Maps
- Hourly Weather Forecasts
- New iPad Music App (Which I do not like one bit. It really screws over Podcasters. Hopefully this will be fixed before full release)
- Option to Speak Text Selection
- Swipe to Delete Songs and Playlists
- iTunes Tone Store
- Personal Dictionary
- VoiceOver Action Support
- VoiceOver item Chooser
- Real-Time Stock Quotes
- Custom Vibration Patterns
- LED Flash on incoming Calls and Alerts
- Multitasking Gestures
- Accessible Input for Mobility
- Wirelessly sync Exchange Tasks
iOS 5 Beta is now available to Devs (lots of Applause). iOS 5 for the general public will be available some time in the Fall (Anywhere between Late September and Late December - NO Applause). iOS 5 will support the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, iPad and iPad 2, iPod touch 3rd and 4th gens - plus any new iOS devices released before or when iOS 5 is made available.
Next Steve came back on Stage to talk about MobileMe Part 2 - or what they now call iCloud. Guess if a product does not do well - Kill its name and start over with an iName. Ok Ok - Steve did say it was more. "iCloud stores your content in the cloud and wirelessly pushes it to all your devices." The big difference with Apples approach to the cloud is that iCloud is integrated with your apps, so everything just happens. As Steve said "It Just All Works". So I guess it is different than MobileMe. MobileMe was seen leaving the SanFran strapped to the bottom of a Bus - Steve put it there in his speech saying about MobilMe "It was not our finest hour". MobileMe was basically Contacts, email and Calendar. Which Steve says they started over with the three, Apple built them from the ground up for iCloud. There is also one big difference between MobileMe and iCloud. MobileMe cost money - iCloud is FREE.
The Shared Calendars is nice - you and your significant other can share calendars quite easily and as soon as one of you changes / adds and item in that calendar on their iOS device or Mac - it will update right away on any device that is sharing that calendar.
With Mail with iCloud you can get a free Mail account with a @me.com address. New messages get pushed to all your devices and it keeps your inbox and folders up to date across your devices.
With iCloud it also automatically can download a purchased App to all of your devices. So buy the Tii App on your iPhone and it will automatically downloaded to your iPad and or iPod Touch. If you don't go for autodownloads you can check your app purchase history from any of your iOS devices and for any apps you don't have downloaded already on that device - you will get a little iCloud logo next to the app indicating you can download it for free.
iBooks works the same way as the Apps with iCloud, and it also syncs up where you are in a book from your current iOS device to all your other devices. So you can put down your iPhone when you get home and pick up your iPad and the iPad will already know where you are in that book.
They added wireless backup to the cloud. Automatic daily backups via Wifi of your important information. It backups your purchased music, device settings, Apps, App data, Books, Camera Roll including both Photos and Video.
Apple also added "Documents in the Cloud" - It automatically uploads to the cloud any documents you are creating in Pages, Keynote and Numbers - and pushes them out to your other devices. Apple is also releasing the API's that they used for their apps - so others will be able to take advantage of Docs in the cloud. This will work across all iOS Devices, Macs and PC's.
Photo Stream is another new feature in iCloud. You can take photos on any device and it automatically uploads the photos to iCloud and then pushes them out to all your other devices including Macs and PC's. On the Mac it is built into iPhone and on PC's they use Pictures Folder. It also works with Apple TV. iCloud will store each photo for 30 days, Your iOS devices will store the last 1,000 photos and you Mac and PC's will store all photos for ever.
The last feature of iCloud is iTunes in the Cloud. Don't mistake this for a streaming music service - it is not. It is about giving you access to any music you purchased in iTunes to all your devices at no additional charge. This is a pull feature not a push feature for your past music. For future music you can select an option that new purchases will also automatically download to all your other devices. Being able to redownload for FREE your old purchased music is a great new feature - I was able to get back some Led Zep and Pink Floyd songs i thought were long lost. You can have up to 10 devices sharing the music.
FREE seems the be the biggest and best feature of iCloud. To get iCloud on Any iOS device running iOS 5 just enter in your Apple ID and password and that is it. You get 5 GB of Free storage for Mail, Documents and Backup. You can of course purchase more storage as needed. However you may not need even the 5 GB as Purchased Music, Books, Apps and Photostream do not count against your storage.
When you update to iOS 5, the first time you log in it will ask you to sign in with an AppleID - which is to set up iCloud, the App Store, iTunes Store and more on your iOS device - it then sits there for a few seconds before moving on. Then you are taken through the options which are turned on by default but you can turn off if you want - iCloud, then Find my iOS device, and Diagnostic. It is a pretty quick process.
I am not going to go over all of the things that did not make it into iOS 5 (Yet). That will be for future podcast episodes.