The approaching Apple operating system which is the Apple iOS 5 will probably carry a series of changes to the iPhone and iPad ecosystem. A user at an Apple store in Manhattan plays with an iPad 2.
Apple is projected to get the wraps off iOS 5, the newest iteration of its well known mobile operating system next week, at the World Wide Developers Conference, out in San Francisco. Readers of Horizons will keep in mind that iOS 4 built-in to app multitask, between other niceties.
Eric Zeman, expert prognosticator notes that the fighting Android Honeycomb OS by now “supports powerful widgets that can be used from the home screen.” Apple, however, has several widgets, but the majority of them are static, and different their equivalents in the Android ecosystem, they don’t update continuously.
Zeman writes, “Rather than shoot for the moon, we’d like to see Apple integrate widget support –– or its own variation thereof –– for a few key apps, such as email, messages, phone functions, and perhaps social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter. This would be tricky for Apple to accomplish given the current architecture of iOS, but it’s not impossible.”
One more option which by now exists on Android gadgets is over the air, wireless updates. Apple issues software updates to handheld gadgets by means of iTunes. However, Mark Gurman of 9 to 5 Mac believes that Apple will work out a deal with Verizon and AT&T to shove lesser updates and patches straightly to handsets and iPads. Most probably users must have to a Wi-Fi connection to start the download.
Gurman writes, “Just like tethering in iOS 3. Apple has the technology but cannot just unleash it everywhere. Apple and Verizon Wireless are said to have been in talks over these wireless software updates since early this year. Sources could not comment on whether or not Apple is negotiating similar deals with AT&T or international iPhone carriers.”
Furthermore, there is the enclosure of iCloud, a cloud-computer service broadly thought to be released in concert with iOS 5. Andrew Berg of Wireless Week believes iCloud will modify the means consumers utilize their Apple gadgets from the iPhone to the iPad.
Berg writes, “The company’s iCloud offering is widely believed to feature deep integration with Apple’s iTunes platform and store, allowing users to stream their music and videos from Apple’s cloud, as opposed to storing it on their device. Such a service has been expected ever since Apple acquired streaming music service Lala in late 2009.”
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