Evidence suggests that current smartphones and tablets from Apple might get a major system software upgrade on Oct. 10. This will apparently be the day that iOS 5 is released.
Apple unveiled this new version of its mobile operating system months ago, but has been vague about when it will be introduced. However, two recent reports may reveal the day.
First off, employees at Apple’s own retail stores have been told that there will be no vacation days granted on Oct. 9 – 12. Also, some of those who work in this company’s AppleCare department have been pre-warned to expect a rush of iOS-related calls on Oct. 10.
While hardly definitive proof, together these strongly suggest that Apple is getting ready to do something big that’s related to iOS, and the launch of the next version is one possibility.
What about the iPhone 5?
The other possibility is the debut of the iPhone 5, the much-anticipated new version of Apple’s smartphone. However, in previous years, in the last few years, Apple has always released a new version of the iOS for current devices a few days before introducing the new handset running it.
That suggests that the iPhone 5 will come out a few days after Oct. 10. This fits in with reports that Apple store employees have been denied vacations on Oct. 14 – 15.
More About iOS 5
The fifth version of this operating system will include a range of new features. One of the best known of these is iCloud, a new online service which will take the place of the old MobileMe services like mail, calendar, and contacts, and add many new ones. It will back up music, books, and apps automatically, and provide users with 5 GB of cloud-based storage.
iOS 5 is going to include the Notification Center, which users will open by swiping down on their touchscreens from the top of their devices. It will feature weather and stock information, and other notifications like missed calls, emails, and SMS alerts under that.
Another new feature is iMessage, which will allow users of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5 to send each other messages and media over a Wi-Fi or 3G connection.
Apple is going to make some camera-related improvements. The Volume Up button is going to function a shutter, users will be able to take photos from the lock-screen, and some photo editing capabilities will be added, like crop, rotate, and enhance.
Other features include support for tabs in the Safari web browser, and Twitter is being integrated into the operating system.