Apple iOS 5 Preview

iOS 5 is Apples new operating system with features that are exceeding two-hundred, this iOS is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2, and iPod Touch of both 3G and 4G. The new features in this iOS are iMessage, News Stand, Notification Center, Camera, Reminders, Photos, Twitter, Safari, PC Free, Mail, Calender, Multi-Tasking Gestures for iPad, Air- Play Mirroring for iPod 2, Wi-Fi Sync, Game Center and etc.,

iMessage : is a feature where we can send text messages using Wi-Fi or 3G from iPhone/ iPod Touch/ iPad to others having these devices. It also allows you to send photos, videos, contacts and locations, receive delivery receipts, read receipts which is optional, and other features like ellipsis points appear when you get a response to your message from others, a conversation begun in an iOS device can be ended on an other iOS device.

Newsstand : is a feature where it allows you to organize all your favorite magazines and newspapers for which you have subscribed. Subscriptions can also be made through App Store where you can search and also get the ratings for that particular magazine/ newspaper, and the newly subscribed appear on the newsstand automatically. It also updates your magazines/ newspapers including their latest outer cover when a new issue arrives.

Notification Center : is a feature where it organises all your notifications such as new email, text messages, friend requests and etc., to a single location which can be accessed while visiting any application, you can view them by sliding it down from the top of your screen, they also immediately disappear without interrupting while you work on different applications, and it also allows you to easily respond to notifications like a single swipe to listen to voicemails when the device is on lock screen mode.

Remainders : since this feature allows you to organize your to-do list with due dates and location it alerts you immediately while you reach that particular location, they also work with iCal, iCloud, and Outlook therefore an automatic updation is made to all your devices calendar.

Camera : Now you can access to camera app from lock screen with one tap, features like grid-lines, touch and  focus to lock a particular images focus and exposure, pinch to zoom, and take a snap by pressing the volume up button.

Photos : it includes features like Auto-Enhance, Red Eye Removal by making a single tap on the eye and double tap to undo it, crop, rotate within the photo app, and other features like a copy of the photo is sent to iPad automatically when taken with iPhone/ iCloud, organizing your photos in albums.

Safari : has been enhanced with features like Reading List where where it allows you to save your favorite articles/ pages for later reading and can be updated to all other iOS devices using iCloud, Tabbed browsing in iPad to shift between pages using tabs, and can read articles without any ads/ clutter.

Twitter : this feature allows you to tweet from your iOS devices, you can sign in through the settings given, add location,  and can tweet directly from photos, safari, youtube and etc., as twitter is integrated systemwide.

PC Free : this feature allows you to activate and set your iPhone/ iPod Touch/ iPad wirelessly therefore you need not have a PC or Mac for downloading free iOS software updates, editing photos, adding new email folder and etc., and can backup and restore your device with iCloud automatically.

Multi-Tasking Gestures : using four/ five fingers swipe the screen where you can view multi-tasking bar, pinch to restore to home screen, and swipe leftwards and rightwards to shift between apps.

Wi-Fi Sync : for wireless connection to your iOS device to your PC/ Mac, so that when your iOS device is connected to a power source it automatically syncs and backs up all new contents present to your iTunes.

Air Play Mirroring : as the feature now supports video mirroring streaming can be done wirelessly and securely from your iPad 2 to HDTV via Apple TV.

Mail : feature allows you to format the text which you type in your mail such as creating indents, bold, italics, underline, you can also rearrange the names in the address field, add/ delete folders, flag messages, search for any particular mails by typing the body of the message.

Calender : you can create an event by a single tap, organize your events such as add, view event attachments, delete and rename directly from calender app, adjust time and duration by dragging, and these events can also be shared and kept in sync with other iOS devices using iCloud.

Game Center : comes with even more Game Center features such as you can add a profile picture, get new friend recommendations depending on the games you play and the players, new overall achievement score to catch up with your opponents, find new games within the Game Center and etc.,

iPad 2 enters production

iPad 2 enters production which is slim, light in weight, built-in front camera for video conferencing, increase in memory, increase in processor speed, but there are no changes in resolution when compared to its previous version. It will be initially available via Verizon Wireless, and also with a joint venture from Vodafone and AT&T, and might have both GSM and CDMA.

While looking at its sales for the past nine months it has sold 14.8 million iPads from the release, which is around $4.6 billion ie., 17 percent of Apple’s revenue inspite of  heavy competition, and also expects to sell 27 million units this year.

Apple to launch iPad in India

Apple is going to introduce iPad in India from friday onwards, where sales would be done through retailers instead of offering service plans by mobile operators. The 3G service to iPad will be provided by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) as for now 3G data plans for the iPad will be provided from telecom circles like Chennai, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Kolkata and UP. The iPad comes with dual camera, high resolution display and with faster processor. The available capacities are 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB either as Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi with 3G.

While considering the price 16 GB with only Wi-Fi version is for Rs 27,900, 64 GB Wi-Fi with 3G is for Rs 44,900 and while we look at the data plans like pre-paid with 6 GB will cost Rs 599 for a month and if the limit is exceeds it will cost 1 paise for each 10 KB, the other plan is for Rs 999 with unlimited browsing, and there is a plan for people who use 3G rarely that is for Rs 99 /day. And these plans are not for contract so you can activate or cancel it any time.