Last-minute iOS 5 rumours hit the web

Right before Apple's WWDC presentation, Thisismynext has reportedly recieved a slew of new information on what we can expect to see at today's event. For those unfamiliar with the website, Thisismynext comprises big names such as former Engadget editor Joshua Topolsky. Usually, such news would be ignored as a small blog trying to grab some attention, but these rumours are coming from a source sure to have reliable connections in the world of tech news.

As expected, the notification system will receive an overhaul, but unlike other mockups floating around, the final version will have more of a white gradient effect. Like Android, notifications will be accessed by swiping down from the top of the screen. This new swipedown screen will also house a selection of widgets such as stocks and weather, allowing for quicker access to small chunks of information.

The lock screen is also being enhanced. Notifications will cluster on the lock screen, and users can jump straight to the app in question by dragging the app icon from the left across the screen. The gesture will be similar to unlocking the phone and should be intuitive for users familiar with iOS.

Most interestingly, however, is an overhaul of the SMS/MMS system. Similar to RIM's Blackberry Messenger, iOS 5 will be able to detect other iOS users and route messages accordingly. This could be a big blow to both RIM and mobile networks, but so far nothing else has been said on this rumour. Third party apps can already let iOS users communicate for free, but from the sounds of it this would be a much slicker approach.

Image credit: Thisismynext

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man. that bit of info is awesome! i honestly can't wait for this update to come!
i feel bad for the 3gs users though. I'm sure many were suckered into buying the 3gs from AT&T for that $49 price tag.

seems like apple is playing catch up now. these are things android and windows phone have had since v1.

aero9 said,
seems like apple is playing catch up now. these are things android and windows phone have had since v1.

Not at all, Apple is playing "tweak up" especially to WP7. They have everything and more than what WP7 has right now (being a mature OS). All they needed to do was revamp the notification structure of the OS. Now they're playing hardball

I wonder, why would Apple add a swipe down for notifications and widgets.
1. They know there will be people saying "ooh the copied android!!11 they are so lame", why give them the pleasure
2. More importantly, they already have a perfect place for it, there is a huge unused space above the multitasking bar, why wouldn't they use it...

Awesome, 5 revisions to get 'notifications' support, and they can only copy Android. Also, nice touch on copying the new Sense lockscreen!

tsupersonic said,
Awesome, 5 revisions to get 'notifications' support, and they can only copy Android. Also, nice touch on copying the new Sense lockscreen!

That's not all. They will eventually copy widgets from Android too.

I had the iPhone 4 for two months and ditched it to go to Windows Phone 7. It is way too locked down. I would only go back if iOS 5 really did delivery on the above, plus offered more menu commands to cut down on the number of clicks to launch tasks. Anyone else hoping for timestamps for all text messages?

seebaran said,
plus offered more menu commands to cut down on the number of clicks to launch tasks.

Wait, wait, wait... you're suggesting iOS should include additional navigation buttons? iOS users will be confused. They can only operate with one button. Remember choice is confusing. File structure would be nice too.

seebaran said,
I had the iPhone 4 for two months and ditched it to go to Windows Phone 7. It is way too locked down. I would only go back if iOS 5 really did delivery on the above, plus offered more menu commands to cut down on the number of clicks to launch tasks. Anyone else hoping for timestamps for all text messages?

Isn't WP7 locked down as much as the iPhone?

Mohitster said,

yeah me hoping too dude.... Hope for the best

People may say our phone's getting old but the fact is it's still one of the best selling phones out there with thousands still being sold everyday and it's fully capable of running what's described above. Besides when you pay the Apple premium I expect support for at least while the phone is still on the shelves.

thealexweb said,

I don't think anyone's ever said before on neowin xD

LOL
Dead'Soul said,

it will be included, because its already selling

You were right!

That screenshot is actually MobileNotifier beta 5 which is available through Cydia. The developer was recently hired by Apple though...

kvaughan said,
That screenshot is actually MobileNotifier beta 5 which is available through Cydia. The developer was recently hired by Apple though...

that's what i thought, looks to out of place for Apple, however this could be a Example..

Can't wait to update... although if that's all that's been added I might wait until I can jailbreak again