Rumours: iOS 5 and new cloud services coming this fall

Remember this iOS 5 rumour from earlier this month? We are a few days shy a week from hitting April Fools' Day, and if iOS 5 was supposed to land next month according to those rumours, then... April Fools! It's coming this fall, according to a fresh batch of rumours from two TechCrunch sources.

In a posting made Saturday evening on TechCrunch, a fall launch of iOS 5 will coincide with Apple's yearly tradition of kicking off new music-related products in September, although nothing was mentioned on whether the next revision of Apple's iPod touch will have the new operating system installed. We may learn more details of a more concrete release date, and more details about what changes we can expect to see, at this summer's Apple WWDC event. iOS 5 may be demonstrated then, but it would certainly not be released this summer.

On the bright side, the other half of the rumours from earlier this month - a free MobileMe - still holds true, according to TechCrunch's sources. And there's more. Apple is indeed working on bringing an online "music locker" to MobileMe, but there may also be a location finding service for friends and family similar to Facebook's Places. However, it is still unclear whether the entire MobileMe service will go free, or will be split into multiple free and paid tiers. Some of these extra cloud goodies may find their way into Mac OS X Lion.

As for the iPhone 5? For the time being, it appears it will come with a minor iOS 4.x revision, or the recently released iOS 4.3.1. So for now, we can assume the new iPhone will focus on upgraded hardware and perhaps a few new features in the OS, but not on the scale as iOS 4 releasing with iPhone 4.

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Which of course means that the fact that the IOS 5.0 Beta has NOT begun yet means that April would have been 2 darn early 4 Apple to produce 3 Betas and a GM in only one week or two which means the following, "I hate to tell you that I told you so, but I told you so, HA HA HA HA!"

I can see Apple bringing free Mobile Me but I think it might be some kind of crippled version with a pay-based subscription that will give you another version with more features or something.

Well these are just RUMORS! And they have been in the news for about 1-2 years and Meh! Hope it comes true but I hate seeing rumors about apple! Just wish I could turn them of my news check.

Could be nice full Cloud Google integration like Android, like Mail, Contacts, Picasa, Notes, Bookmarks, Etc, etc.
I Know Mail, Calendars and Contacts work with Exchange, But i really like Picasa, notes and Bookmarks too.

I don't like Mobile Me!

SpyderCanopus said,
I've been using me.com for several months and I never paid for it..

What services do you use? Find my iphone or more?

That rumor isn't very convincing. Each iphone release has come with a new x.0 revision of the OS, and they always come out at the beginning of the summer. Why should this year be any different?

MobileMe could be so much more if Apple released a MobileMe API that allows ios app developers to have MobileMe web interfaces to view and manage apps from a web browser.

Dr Pepper said,
I just hope it supports the 3GS.

If it is, they'll probably pull a 3G like they did with 4.0, which added almost zero functionality, and also came with a hefty performance degradation. Nothing like making a phone unusable to get users to upgrade to the latest and greatest.

Blasius said,

If it is, they'll probably pull a 3G like they did with 4.0, which added almost zero functionality, and also came with a hefty performance degradation. Nothing like making a phone unusable to get users to upgrade to the latest and greatest.

Truth be told, they did the same with the second gen iPod touch, main impact being battery life. Performance degradation got better with 4.2.1, but it stops there and now they're stuck without updates.

You could say, well that device is already 2 and a half years old, and it's time to retire it - but tell that to those people who bought "third generation" 8 GB touches as late as August 2010. Actually, I'll be highly disappointed if they still sold them that late.

qdave said,
iOS 5 doesnt sound too exciting for me.

Umm, so you know what features will come with iOS 5? Or is it just the phrase "iOS 5" that doesn't sound exciting?

That's really all i'm hoping for though. I can't really expect much from Apple anymore. It's taken them this long to do something about the notifications? We also still don't have a file system. So, my list of wants is this:

User accessible file system (to a degree.. give us documents, photos, movies, music and thats it.)
An Android-esque way to manage notifications.
4" Screen option, preferably "Retina-class".. (I can't believe I just said that)
1GB of RAM
Dual Core Cortex A9
Thinner
(this is unlikely but) Overhaul of iOS to include animated icons and widgets. I don't want Android, I don't want Metro UI, but something new and refreshing that combines the best of both.
Free Mobile Me - I pay $40 a year for MobileMe, although those services can be more or less had for free on other platforms, please make it happen Apple.
Notification Light.
Fully customized tones for iOS w/o Jailbreak
Ringer Profiles like BB.
A Unified messaging service like BBM. The unique keys can be derived from the UUID # on each phone.. or w/e. Obviously not that cause then you'd see spoofing apps but you know what i'm saying.

Fin.

-- Discuss.

Zudeo said,
That's really all i'm hoping for though. I can't really expect much from Apple anymore. It's taken them this long to do something about the notifications? We also still don't have a file system. So, my list of wants is this:

User accessible file system (to a degree.. give us documents, photos, movies, music and thats it.)
An Android-esque way to manage notifications.
4" Screen option, preferably "Retina-class".. (I can't believe I just said that)
1GB of RAM
Dual Core Cortex A9
Thinner
(this is unlikely but) Overhaul of iOS to include animated icons and widgets. I don't want Android, I don't want Metro UI, but something new and refreshing that combines the best of both.
Free Mobile Me - I pay $40 a year for MobileMe, although those services can be more or less had for free on other platforms, please make it happen Apple.
Notification Light.
Fully customized tones for iOS w/o Jailbreak
Ringer Profiles like BB.
A Unified messaging service like BBM. The unique keys can be derived from the UUID # on each phone.. or w/e. Obviously not that cause then you'd see spoofing apps but you know what i'm saying.

Fin.

-- Discuss.

Add iChat with access to Facetime and I'm set!

Zudeo said,
That's really all i'm hoping for though. I can't really expect much from Apple anymore. It's taken them this long to do something about the notifications? We also still don't have a file system. So, my list of wants is this:

User accessible file system (to a degree.. give us documents, photos, movies, music and thats it.)
An Android-esque way to manage notifications.
4" Screen option, preferably "Retina-class".. (I can't believe I just said that)
1GB of RAM
Dual Core Cortex A9
Thinner
(this is unlikely but) Overhaul of iOS to include animated icons and widgets. I don't want Android, I don't want Metro UI, but something new and refreshing that combines the best of both.
Free Mobile Me - I pay $40 a year for MobileMe, although those services can be more or less had for free on other platforms, please make it happen Apple.
Notification Light.
Fully customized tones for iOS w/o Jailbreak
Ringer Profiles like BB.
A Unified messaging service like BBM. The unique keys can be derived from the UUID # on each phone.. or w/e. Obviously not that cause then you'd see spoofing apps but you know what i'm saying.

Fin.

-- Discuss.

Are you sure you dont want an android phone

NesTle said,

Are you sure you dont want an android phone

The best thing Apple could do is make their stuff work without the need for a computer with that horribly buggy and bloated itunes installed on it. Other devices can sync and update without being tethered to a PC.

Zetaprime said,

The best thing Apple could do is make their stuff work without the need for a computer with that horribly buggy and bloated itunes installed on it. Other devices can sync and update without being tethered to a PC.

So can an iPhone

alexalex said,

So can an iPhone

OK..well the sync part I suppose sort-of if you count jailbroken apps...I heard of one that lets you connect to itunes wirelessly and over the net, and Pkgbackup which doesn't do a complete sync like itunes. But updating the OS without a PC involved? Please tell me.

Zetaprime said,

The best thing Apple could do is make their stuff work without the need for a computer with that horribly buggy and bloated itunes installed on it. Other devices can sync and update without being tethered to a PC.

Not going to happen. Apple's product line is all internal and they do everything inside a tight circle. If they do anything like you say, they will become a Microsoft or Google with all the pain of supporting OEMs and customers complaining about unsupported hardware and other such things, which obviously Apple does not want. Apple's business model cannot be touched by the likes of Google or Microsoft for the same reason.

Jebadiah said,
Not going to happen. Apple's product line is all internal and they do everything inside a tight circle. If they do anything like you say, they will become a Microsoft or Google with all the pain of supporting OEMs and customers complaining about unsupported hardware and other such things, which obviously Apple does not want. Apple's business model cannot be touched by the likes of Google or Microsoft for the same reason.

More Battery life.

PaulDr said,
Boo, i'm tired of my crapberry. I want an iPhone 5!!

Me too. It's sluggish, and very boring . Let's see how this iPhone goes.

jasonon said,
a free moblie me service?!

That rumor has been going around for the past 2 years. Let's see if its true or not this year.

Tech Star said,

That rumor has been going around for the past 2 years. Let's see if its true or not this year.


From what I can see they've removed all links to purchase MobileMe from the Apple website (and they've been gone for some time now). I think this year would be just as likely a time as any other over the last few years.