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iOS 5 for iPad brings iMessages, iCloud, Safari, Twitter and more


Apple showcased the revamped iOS 5 version at the WWDC conference last week which brings new iPad features such as notification center, iMessage, iCloud, improved browser and many more. During the keynote address, Scott Forstall announced that iOS 5 brings 1500 new APIs and over 200 new features. But, only10 changes were highlighted.

Single sign-on with Twitter integration: The new iOS brings a single sign-on capability with a single sign-on capability for users to set up password-protected resources, and a secure API for developers’ access. The single sign-on feature is a key aspect in the new iOS Twitter development which doesn't need users to login again for every app.

Safari browser: The new version of Safari Web browser gets full tabbed browsing.  Safari Reader enables reading stories in a single page, email, bookmark and afterwards move to another iOS device or a Mac. Users can also add stories to a reading list for later use.

Reminders app is a task management system that helps to constantly keep track of things to do, group tasks, and set up reminder alerts based on time or location. Reminders can be checked in iCal and Outlook, with automatic updates. Reminders will sync with mobile versions via iCloud.

Notifications center enable users to swipe down from the top menu on the status bar to manage all notifications.  The drop-down displays missed calls, voicemails, text messages and push notifications from the iTunes App Store. It becomes now easy to access the inbox of the Mail app without launching it fully.

iCloud is a new cloud-based services of iOS that can be accessed by the user with Apple ID and password for iCloud account. iCloud eliminates the standard file system by moving documents, mail, images, videos, music, books, etc to devices without user intervention.

iMessages is one of the great universal messaging application for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It allows users to share messages with their devices through WiFi or 3G connection. With iMessages, users can send text or picture messages, videos, contacts and group messaging.

The upcoming iPad 3 version is expected in the fall by iPad developers and will deliver the much awaited Retina Display, and a faster processing power with additional cores.

 iOS 5 beta is available for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, original iPad and iPad 2, and iPod Touch third-generation or above.

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