A new Reminders app is coming to iOS 5 that is location-savvy and syncs with Exchange and iCal's CalDAV protocol. The camera app will be available from the lock screen; it can also edit photos, such as for red-eye correction. Mail gains mailbox creation, rich text formatting, draggable addresses, flagging, full-content searching, and support for S/MIME certificates. iCal adds calendar creation. Safari adds improved tabbed browsing plus two recent additions from Mac OS X: The Reader view that strips out everything but the content you are reading, and Lion's Reading List feature to save stories to be read later (it will sync with other iOS devices and Macs, so the list stays updated on all devices).
Apple's goal, Forstall said, was that users could rely solely on an iOS device as their computer and do on it for applications such as the iWork suite, iTunes, Safari, Mail, iCal, and Address Book, whatever they could do on a Mac.
Twitter will be integrated into iOS 5, and a revamped messaging app (called iMessage) promises to keep a message streams in sync across devices and also let you confirm message receipt and, optionally, whether it has been read. A new store called Newsstand for magazine subscriptions will debut in iOS 5, automatically downloading new issues of your subscribed periodicals as they become available. Also new, for iPads only, is a new onscreen split keyboard option meant for thumb-typers.
The big news, though, is the elimination of the need to sync apps, data, or media from or to a PC or a Mac, as well as over-the-air updating. iOS devices also auto-sync and automatically back up via Wi-Fi to iTunes -- syncing via cable is no longer required.
iOS 5 will ship this fall for the same devices that run iOS 4.3. The developer preview is available today.
The next MobileMe and iTunes: iCloud
Jobs announced that MobileMe is being replaced as of June 30, 2012, with iCloud, a service that keeps all devices and Macs on the same account automatically updated via a cloud service, so syncing between devices through iTunes or other mechanisms is no longer required. MobileMe had cost $99 per year; iCloud will be free for iOS and Mac OS X Lion users. MobileMe users' email addresses will be preserved for use with iCloud, but no one else may sign up for a MobileMe account as of today.
iCloud for Mail, iCal, and Address Book syncing are included, as is over-the-air installation of apps purchased through the App Store; the same is true of books purchased via the iBookstore (similar to Amazon.com's Kindle Store). A daily cloud backup feature via Wi-Fi will also be bundled. iWork documents are synced automatically, using the 1.4 versions that shipped last week. Apple has iCloud Storage APIs so that developers can use iCloud storage and syncing for iOS devices, Macs, and to some extent PCs.
iCloud's Photo Stream service likewise keeps the latest 1,000 photos from the last 30 days synced across as many as 10 devices, including Apple TV, Macs, and Windows PCs; all the photo files remain stored on PCs and Macs tied to the same account. It too uses an API available for developers.
As widely expected, iCloud includes iTunes music storage and syncing. iOS 5 will be iCloud-savvy and allow 5GB of free storage (iTunes music, iBooks, and Photo Stream photos don't count against the 5GB). It's unclear whether Mac OS X Lion will support iCloud before iOS 5 ships; a query to Apple has not as yet been answered.
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