Apple presented 10 of the reportedly 200 additions and enhancements, including a long-awaited update to the way iOS handles obtrusive notifications, and the ability to cut out the USB cord for over-the-air system updates.
While all the new features mark happy tidings for Apple fans, many of the features have been seen before on Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone 7. Here’s a look at how the major updates Apple’s most proud of compare to rival mobile platforms. We’ve included dates and the names of Apple’s new features when available. iOS 5 updates on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch this upcoming fall.
|Apple iOS 5||Android||Windows Phone||BlackBerry OS|
|Grouped notifications||Notification Center||Notifications pull-down (2008)||Live tile updates (2010)||Notification icones on home screen|
|Group, multimedia messaging (free within ecosystem)||iMessage||Standard messaging; Third-party apps (Kik, GroupMe)||Standard messaging; Third-party apps||BlackBerry Messenger 5 (2009)|
|Twitter sharing, integration||iOS 5, fall release||Sharing an original Android feature; status updates via apps||Coming with Mango update in fall||Twitter photo-sharing available|
|Over-the-air updates||iOS 5, fall release||Original feature (2008)||Original feature (2010)||BlackBerry OS 5(2009)|
|Magazine, RSS subscriptions||Newsstand||Third-party apps||Third-party apps||Third-party apps|
|Reminders lists||iOS 5, fall release; includes geolocation||Third-party apps||Third-party apps||Third-party apps|
|Browser reading mode||iOS 5, fall release||Third-party apps||Third-party apps||Third-party apps|
|Rich text formatting||Mail app||Third-party apps||Office documents||Third-party apps|
|Camera shortcut on a locked phone||iOS 5, fall release||HTC Sensation has a lock screen shortcut||Hold and press shutter from sleep position (Pocket-to-picture; 2010)||Must wake up phone|
|Games recommendations, see achievements||Games Center||Not available||Xbox Live (Achievements; 2010); enhancements with Mango||Not available|
Source : CNET