Apple fans are amped. The computer and gadget maker is expected to announce a new, more powerful version of its wildly popular smartphone this week, more than a year after it unveiled the iPhone 4.
While some point to the annoying lack of Flash, and that Flash isn’t gone yet, as Steve Jobs would have followers believe, but a new iPhone with iOS 5 — that’s ‘i-oh-s’ not ‘i-os’ — with 200 new features.
Rumor is out that the phone will be called iPhone 4S, not iPhone 5 in tomorrow’s event “Let’s talk iPhone” begins 10AM Pacific time, 1PM Eastern, 12 noon Central. New Apple CEO Tim Cook will take the stage for the first time as Apple’s new permanent CEO.
The major new features include …
Notification Center with new email, texts, and facebook friend requests all in one place. Alert appear temporarily at the top of the screen, instead of interfering with what you’re doing.
A new messaging service, known as iMessage, can send unlimited text message via Wi-Fi or 3G from an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to anyone with one of those same device — that’s right, not a Droid.
Reminders — an improved Calender and to-do list center.
Integrated Twitter with iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch apps, such as Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube or Maps.
Camera now opens right from the lock screen, so it’s ready immediately. The up-volume also serves as a shutter button.
With Safari, tabbed browsing is now available on an Apple iPad. But as far as is known, still no Adobe Flash.
Mail now has formatting, including bold, italic and underlined fonts.
Wi-Fi syncing can be activated, so that as soon as a power source is connected for charging, the iOS 5 device syncs over Wi-Fi, even if it’s not connected via USB.
AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 allows video to stream to an HDTV via Apple TV.
iCloud is seamlessly integrated into apps, so content is accessible content on all your devices. iCloud is free with iOS 5.
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(Apple has confirmed there will be know live stream of the event)