Apple's iPhone to get 'Notifications Center' in iOS 5, plus host of other new features [UPDATED]

by Knowlton Thomas | Apple

If iPhone users wanted anything to improve in iOS 5, it was Notifications.

Apple finally listened.

During the WWDC keynote, Apple has announced Notifications Center. To thunderous applause from the live audience, the company picked apart its current notifications system, admitting it had many severe flaws. But their new system will improve everything dramatically.

The Center will consolidate all push notifications into one place, which can easily be accessed from the main page with a swipe from the top. Notifications will also no longer interrupt your screen by freezing it; a simple animation will appear at the top (optional).

Other features for iOS 5, which Apple has officially dubbed a "major update," includes fully integrated Twitter and News Stand, which background-downloads magazines and newspapers to your iPhone and has offline-reading modes.

Apple's web browser Safari will also see improvements such as the addition of Safari Reader and full tab browsing.

Update 1: iOS 5 will also see enhances to its camera, including instant access via the Home Button, and improvements such as crop-and-rotate, grid lines, red eye reduction, etc. Apple notes that the iPhone 4 is poised to soon become the most popular camera (based on photo uploads to Flickr)—not just from mobile devices, but actual cameras too.

Update 2: iOS 5 will also see its Mail app improved, which is expected given that Lion improved Mac's Mail app. One notable improvement is the ability to search entire messages.

Update 3: The keyboard on the iPhone will be improved too. And when you open a new iPhone out of the box, it won't make you plug it into iTunes off the bat. Will just have a welcome screen. Plus, the game Center will see enhancements including achievement points, the ability to download and discover games via the Center, etc.

Photo credit: MacRumors


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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