Rumor: iOS 5.0 in April, free Mobile Me?

As iOS 4.3 rolls out, it’s time to start cranking out rumors about the next evolution (or ‘revolution’) of the world’s most popular smartphone and tablet OS. According to the latest set of rumors, iOS 5.0 is slated to be Apple’s next release, and may include free Mobile Me access.

The source of this information expects that Apple will soon begin inviting press to a special event in the first half of April, where Apple is expected to unveil iOS 5.0 – with improved multitasking and notifications, along with various other changes. But the big news for many will be the inclusion of free Mobile Me, although it’s unclear if this will be the full Mobile Me, or a cut-down version for the masses (think Xbox Live Silver vs. Gold). Free Mobile Me would help Apple to close the cloud-gap between it and its smartphone rivals, most notable Google and Microsoft. Mobile Me rumors also include mentions of cloud music streaming for iTunes and more seamless cloud storage.

If these rumors prove true, this move will place even more pressure on Apple’s competitors, in a market that they effectively lead. For Google, the inclusion of free Mobile Me will crush one of Android’s biggest selling points (Google’s cloud).  For Microsoft, who’s still struggling to get their first minor update out the door, Apple’s speedy updates should raise more questions around why Windows Phone 7 updates are travelling at a snail’s pace.

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Islander said,
And of course and obviously most of the new features will only be available on the new iPhone5...

More likely to be iPhone 4 and 5... with them dropping support for 3G/S

For Microsoft, who's still struggling to get their first minor update out the door, Apple's speedy updates should raise more questions around why Windows Phone 7 updates are travelling at a snail's pace.

Yeah...but Apples small iOS updates don't bring anything that is really new...NoDo is like iOS 1->2 and Mango will be like iOS 2->4...all in ONE year...that's VERY VERY fast...

I hope iOS 5.0 has per-account e-mail signatures, a better notification system, an updated Maps application (or perhaps an Apple equivalent), and two finger gestures for the iPhone (two finger swipe left/right to switch between apps, two finger swipe up/down to show the running apps bar, two finger triple-tap to show home screen).

I wouldn't mind a free mobile me account.

Though it's not like Apple was super fast to release updates for the first iPhone.

stablemist said,
I wouldn't mind a free mobile me account.

Though it's not like Apple was super fast to release updates for the first iPhone.

It took Apple 1 month to release a minor update to iPhone OS 1.0 and they had almost monthly released until version 1.1.4 in February. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ios_version_history

I'd say they did it a lot better 3.5 years ago than Microsoft is doing it now.

For Microsoft, who's still struggling to get their first minor update out the door, Apple's speedy updates should raise more questions around why Windows Phone 7 updates are travelling at a snail's pace.

I don't think it's fair at all. We're still using 4.2 today, which is about 4 months old. Saying that Apple might announce (not ship) an OS update next month to be delivered some time later (say with the new iPhones this summer) wouldn't raise any such questions: iOS 4.2 is only 3 weeks more recent than Windows Phone operating system: I think people can keep their pants on for at least that long.

If updates to Apple's competitors start dragging out for 3-4 months longer than Apple's OS there might be an issue, but even then only if people feel that their smartphone OS is missing something critical. For example, if you don't think cut/paste is an important feature for a phone it's not going to bother you that Windows Phone 7 doesn't have it yet.

Fair call evn., however iOS4.3 is rolling out now. Microsoft's operating system still doesn't have copy and paste, Apple's shooting even further ahead if these rumors prove true.

Brody McKee said,
Fair call evn., however iOS4.3 is rolling out now. Microsoft's operating system still doesn't have copy and paste, Apple's shooting even further ahead if these rumors prove true.

Ballmer said the first update is due in the first two weeks of March, so it's this week and I that's not slow at all.

The reason iOS updates seem to come faster is because there're many beta iOS versions while Windows Phone 7 has none. So while there has been almost no news on NoDo, Engadget has articles covered every iOS betas.

Also, Windows Phone 7 updates will most likely be more extensive than iOS's because iOS has reached the saturation point where most of the common features have been added and not much more can be change without significantly changing the user experience.

day2die said,

Ballmer said the first update is due in the first two weeks of March, so it's this week and I that's not slow at all.
Just because someone sets a long timeframe to achieve a goal, that doesn't make slow progress more acceptable.

Brody McKee said,
Just because someone sets a long timeframe to achieve a goal, that doesn't make slow progress more acceptable.

iOS 4.0 came out in June, 4.1 is September, so that's not that much faster

Also, every major iOS version has been release in June (except 2.0 in July), what makes you think iOS 5.0 will be different?

day2die said,
iOS 4.0 came out in June, 4.1 is September, so that's not that much faster
See dagamer34's reply to the below comment.
day2die said,
Also, every major iOS version has been release in June (except 2.0 in July), what makes you think iOS 5.0 will be different?
No one's suggesting a release date... only an unveiling/announcement

day2die said,

iOS 4.0 came out in June, 4.1 is September, so that's not that much faster

Also, every major iOS version has been release in June (except 2.0 in July), what makes you think iOS 5.0 will be different?

It's because of the rumor that Steve Jobs has 6 months to live because of the rumor that his underwear was itchy because of the rumor that there was an elephant in his pants...because of the rumor that a monkey will be president in 2013...because of the rumor that the aliens will attack in 2014...because of...my headphone..Chuck...comb...vegetable...duck... Do you see how all the pieces fit?

Brody McKee said,
Fair call evn., however iOS4.3 is rolling out now. Microsoft's operating system still doesn't have copy and paste, Apple's shooting even further ahead if these rumors prove true.

Great...but if you only count iOS updates that add features like NoDo will do Apple is damn slow...

bluefisch200 said,

Great...but if you only count iOS updates that add features like NoDo will do Apple is damn slow...

Copy and paste, and...

evn. said,

I don't think it's fair at all. We're still using 4.2 today, which is about 4 months old. Saying that Apple might announce (not ship) an OS update next month to be delivered some time later (say with the new iPhones this summer) wouldn't raise any such questions: iOS 4.2 is only 3 weeks more recent than Windows Phone operating system: I think people can keep their pants on for at least that long.

Microsoft has a much bigger gap to fill. Never mind copy and paste, Windows Phone 7 doesn't even have support for most European languages while their new mobile OS is being sold here...

.Neo said,

Microsoft has a much bigger gap to fill. Never mind copy and paste, Windows Phone 7 doesn't even have support for most European languages while their new mobile OS is being sold here...

Yes, because that's all so awesome. Back in the day when I worked at a cell phone operator in a EU country, I wanted to strangle people over their constant insanity of wanting different languages on their phones. I mean really, translations to an UI tend to produce weird results at best, not to mention how most techs would run their own phones in English, so when you get a phone to fix and it's in some weird language (even one you speak fluently), you tend to be stumped at trying to find something simple like say... settings.

Then there's the whole issue of smartphones technically being used for internet by the masses where more than 50% of the sites are in English. Why bother having a different language when you're browsing in English anyway?

Jebadiah said,
It's because of the rumor that Steve Jobs has 6 months to live because of the rumor that his underwear was itchy because of the rumor that there was an elephant in his pants...because of the rumor that a monkey will be president in 2013...because of the rumor that the aliens will attack in 2014...because of...my headphone..Chuck...comb...vegetable...duck... Do you see how all the pieces fit?


What? This is talking about the announcement, not the release. Check back over the past few years. New iOS version gets previewed in March/April and released in June/July. Happened with 2.0, 3.0, and 4.0.

Yeah, the invitations will probably be out a week or two after the iPad launch. They don't want to hinder current sales by demonstrating all the cool new stuff that the iPad won't do yet. They'll also probably use the event to release initial sales numbers. Pretty standard schedule of demo in March/April, let the devs have it for a couple of months, and then actually ship it when the new iPhone comes out in June/July.

Jebadiah said,
LOL The iPhone 5.0 will be demo-ed by Steve Jobs in April especially because Steve Jobs is scheduled to die around June/July. Right? Uhh..the rumormill.

what?