Aaron goes hands-on with the newest version of iOS.  One of the biggest updates since the iPhone was debuted, iOS 5 offers a number of improvements, including subtle notifications, wireless syncing, and OTA updates.  The notifications system is a huge improvement over the past, where users were interrupted with a big, blue box in the middle of the screen.  Now, users have a drop-down menu (think Android here) and notifications show up at the top of the display.

It'll be available to the general public later in the year, but those with Apple developer accounts can download the beta build now.

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Angel Adrian Marquez
Angel Adrian Marquez Wtf apple copys andriod because they come up with there own shit do they copied the drop down menu cuz they were scared that andriod waz the best
Ryan Edwards
Ryan Edwards @marrion bell...glad you have a brain like the rest of us iOS users.
Rafal Bhb Buzinski
Rafal Bhb Buzinski cant wait
Marrion Bell
Marrion Bell Iphone just is the lord of all devices and no (one) can take its crown away (PERIOD)
Zach Cline
Zach Cline And you have a higher chance of bricking your device while you unroot smartass .
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Really ? No shit . I didn't know that (sarcasm) Idiot.
Dillon McBrownstein Martin
Dillon McBrownstein Martin LOLOLOLOLOL this zach cline guy is such a douchebag. BTW zachary you can do something called unrooting. This gives you your warranty back.
Craig Barron
Craig Barron Love the new IOS. The features you covered are great updates. Glad to see Apple is listening. Just waiting for the release now!!!
Zach Cline
Zach Cline @Sean. Ummm no it isn't.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline @Kimberly. I'm so sick of ignorant comments like yours. I'm a droid owner and also own an ipad and ipod touch 4th gen so i'm familiar with both.The iphone and ios is for people who want devices that actually work and not glitch, Freeze and lag, And people that want decent battery life. Oh and excellent build quality which can't be said for most android devices. Both are good operating systems, But for me ios is a lot better than android. It's smoother, And more refined because apple knows what they're doing.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Rooting does void your warranty no matter what. It doen't matter what you have.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline @Ryan declue. Then you sir are a dumbass.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline @Muneer. Apple never said revolutionary once this year at WWDC.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline @Brandy nelson. Htc droid incredible. I was liking it at first, Then it has gotten increasingly glitchy over the past month or so. With my clock and weather widgets not working right, My browser crashing, Android market force closing on me etc.
Sergio Nayar
Sergio Nayar I call this "double moral" ... Android ripoff!
Tameem Musab
Tameem Musab apple was better off being a fruit in the old days where they never copied anyone ;)
Tree Nguyen
Tree Nguyen Who ever keep saying apple copying android should totally do your research lol
Muneer KhanVict
Muneer KhanVict Android is Open Source, so anyone can copy tha stuff. But when Apple calls them selves "revolutionary" after copying exactly what's been on Android from tha start, that's just sad.
Ryan Edwards
Ryan Edwards @ alfonso EXACTLY! android users are just big cry babies.. I dont get it
Bustamante Alfonso
Bustamante Alfonso IOS 5 has some good Improvements, I like it. To the android fanatics out there you guys n gals need to just chill out and get over yourselves. first of all it's preference on what you like, second of all they're just phones! and third of all why do you even care about an IOS update?!
Ernesto Reyes Garcia
Ernesto Reyes Garcia Do they have to pay for it??
Ryan DeClue
Ryan DeClue @Zach I would rather risk bricking my device, than getting sued by Apple for modifying something I own...
Ryan DeClue
Ryan DeClue @Zach rooting does not void your warranty on an HTC device.
Mario Sauceda
Mario Sauceda @Kimberly well said :)
Sean McCollum
Sean McCollum Adam, I got 6 hours of pure websurfing on wifi while my dad was in for his knee surgery (most of it was waiting). The trick is to turn off a lot of the running processes in the background (background data, google maps, drm services, email notifications, etc). While I agree that the iPhone overall has better battery life (when you have one piece of hardware to develop for, you can optimize everything), but that doesn't stop me from getting 20+ hours on my Epic. Here is a pic: http://twitpic.com/4i98fj
Maegan Babcock
Maegan Babcock I like the new os. I can't wait to get my iPhone. I'm waiting for the next one to come out!
Kimberly Shrewsberry
Kimberly Shrewsberry Its nice to see ios improving their product... BUT copying from your enemies paper doesnt make you smart... makes you a cheater lol! Would like to have seen them do some original things with their new os. Hey iPhone people who love the new ios.... lol you could have HAD these features long time ago with Android.. but.. like I said.. iPhones are for simple people who dont want to stress their brains actually figuring out their phone.. and us particular people like having a device that is consistantly changing and evolving.
David Vaughan
David Vaughan We all know that @Kyle Adams is just an irate ex cliq xt owner and moved to apple for salvation...come on kyle we all know anything is better then 1.5 but apple? But seriously I think linux should have a clause that if someone uses their code fit a profit they have to pay a percentage to a "we actually came up with this code but are still broke" fund...no original ideas these guys
Adam Fontaine
Adam Fontaine I love them. I have an Android phone and an iPhone. What it comes down to for me is the battery. My Android phone is lucky to last 5 hours with use. But my iPhone goes all day. That coupled with the fact that ALL the music accessories are made for iPod/iPhone make it a no brainer to me.
Pablo Echevarria
Pablo Echevarria Iphone is an amazing device. I think the new ios 5 looks freaking awesome and I'm freaking impressed. It looks different enough. I have a G2X and my wife has an evo and a mac computer. I love that they are finally improving their system. Even though it did take some time. I bash apple too for laughs but reading these forums it's a turn iff st the immature android users.
Sean McCollum
Sean McCollum To the guy who said CM7 isn't "real" Gingerbread...um, it's actually it in its purest form.
Ahmed Abdul Salam
Ahmed Abdul Salam no
Ryan Edwards
Ryan Edwards I had og droid. Droid eris, droid incredible,droid x. And iPhone 4 is killer conpared to them
Mario Sauceda
Mario Sauceda As many people have mentioned it all comes down to personal preference ..would u rather have all these bells and whistles ready to use on Android or wait for these improvements to show up eventually on ios ..hhmmm ....I'm just saying I prefer ANDROID FTW!!!
Victor Perez
Victor Perez I wonder where they got the idea from???
Tim Moore
Tim Moore After all of their talk about how they are so creative and Android is no threat and then they go and copy a number of things from them? That's pretty funny to me.
Brandy Nelson
Brandy Nelson Zach, what android phone do you have?
Jeremy Martin
Jeremy Martin What? the fact that its every other OS mashed together >.> they need to get their on iDeas (haha)
Arron Bartlett
Arron Bartlett What's not to like about it? Almost every feature is copied from better devices (Proving once and for all that apple knows this) Can't argue with fact.. Unless your an apple fanboy ofc.
Jorge Padilla
Jorge Padilla For all those android losers who crack me up with the stupidity you all type on here, i have one question, can you all read ??? Cause i though this was an ios discussion!! If your phone was so dam good then go fucking play with it instead of worrying about what apple is doing!!
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Are you ever going tl stop trolling me you dipshit? And this is a post anout ios, Not android and look at the amount of fandroids trolling. Get lost.
Chase Anderson
Chase Anderson @Zach Cline will you ever stop your sad trolling ways??!!..... Troll.
Nick Koval
Nick Koval Android hahaha copy cats
Rilo Leighton
Rilo Leighton And what's this about laggy Androids?! My dad has an EVO 4G and it's almost as smooth as my iPod touch. If you can recall correctly, the EVO 4G was released over a year ago. I feel so limited when using my iPod's browser all the time! I just wanna effing watch Hulu! For free! IMO having an iOS device is such an inconvenience sometimes. You know, having to pay for apps that would otherwise be free in the browser if it had Flash Plugin. But I know how Apple is with security. I should've just gotten an Epic 4G for Christmas instead of this..!. >:\
Yasir Sohail
Yasir Sohail Yes! This just made my day :)
Rilo Leighton
Rilo Leighton I guess that whole new interface thing was just a rumor after all. And that is so fucking frustrating! Apple, iOS has looked pretty much the same for four. Fucking. Years. People want a new look! And Android could use a re-vamp as well. Keep sitting on your high horse looking smug, Apple. Watch what happens. >:\
Steven Crisostomo
Steven Crisostomo CrApple is scared of Android taking over so they had to copy it. Lol. Android ftw!
Israel Leiva
Israel Leiva Apple needs to throw in the towel and start making phones for MetroPCS & JitterBug. They can't hang with the big boys(Android).
JB Tesla
JB Tesla I'm happy that Apple listened to their users and added stuff in, but in terms of evolution there is no doubt that Android will continue to surpass Apple. Open hardware agreements guarantee it. For those that want cutting edge, it will always be Android. For those who want "stability" and don't care about customization, go iPhone. Either way, its personal preference.
Byron E. Cóto
Byron E. Cóto Steve jobs can go suck a penis (metaphorical one) android <3
Ryan Edwards
Ryan Edwards @mike because droid fans are too hard headed to get over their pathetic selfs and realize theres other good phones besides their pieces of shits..
Santiago Alexander Cruz
Santiago Alexander Cruz That notification bar is so Android. But whatever, I like the new iOS 5
Mike Jackson
Mike Jackson Why can't people like Android and apple both. I'm an android guy but can't deny apple make great phones also. I would ien both
Dominique House
Dominique House A lot of people confuse Manufacturers UI's with Android OS. Any apple similarities are due to Individual or specific UI's skinned over Android. The absolute only argument that iPhone can give is the touch screen in its self, but remember without healthy and stiff competition we'd all be subjected to nothing but shitty products & feature phones would be considered high end.
Ryan Edwards
Ryan Edwards @courtney..your the BIGGEST MORAN. haha. You make me laugh though with your stuipidity. Hahaha tool
KoDy Designed ByCrime
KoDy Designed ByCrime Samsung really shouldn't provide them with any more assistance.... I'm with you Samsung
KoDy Designed ByCrime
KoDy Designed ByCrime Google's stock closed at 519$ today while correct me if I'm wrong here apple's closed somewhere around 332$ says it all right there....
KoDy Designed ByCrime
KoDy Designed ByCrime Give me anDROID or give me Death!!! And yes its that serious...
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Lmao!! Steve jobs said it best himself when referring to google -Just because they chose to compete with us doesn't mean we have to be rude. Steve jobs ftw.
Jeff Ritter
Jeff Ritter Apple rules!
Ryan Edwards
Ryan Edwards Android users will always bitch about how themselves are the gayest. Us iPhone users sit back and laugh at you brain dead trolls while our device doesnt lag and works pretty damn great. I switched from android and iPhone 4 rocks my damn world. Android is choppy and most phones are cheap made. You droid suckers just need to shut the hell up and bow down to apple. You guys are lame as hell with your not good comebacks. Lmao FOOLS!!!!
Derek Nguyen
Derek Nguyen To android users, im sorry Apple didnt meet your expectations. To Apple users, Im happy that we are getting something new from apple.
Nick Kalman
Nick Kalman At least it wont be as buggy as Android. Android big fail in bugs department....
Tree Nguyen
Tree Nguyen Foegot to mention iphone is worldwide. Man you can make ton of profits in other xcountries haha
Tham Ye Yang
Tham Ye Yang Apple copied Android. Big deal. Android copied Apple a long time ago too. -__-
Ben Garcia
Ben Garcia @ Edgar,the EVO by HTC beat it in 8 out of 10 comparisons.do your research son....
Derek Nguyen
Derek Nguyen Can we all just get along? ):
Zach Cline
Zach Cline @Courtney. Google would be shooting itself in the foot if they tried pulling that stunt.
KoDy Designed ByCrime
KoDy Designed ByCrime If I wanted an iPhone I would have went to at&t and bought one long ago and I'm on Verizon and I have had the thunderbolt and now have the charge and when the GSII is made available I will have that as well and hell while were at it I might just pock up the bionic too just for kicks so for all of you ifans out there who call Android the poor mans iOS please think before you speak...
Arvydas Gr
Arvydas Gr Copied from WP7... Mango will kick iOS5 ass!
Wutthichai Rit-Uan
Wutthichai Rit-Uan You copied android
Jerry Perales
Jerry Perales Iphone/iOS beats android hands down. Its all about integration. Some say iphone is too simple, thats because it works. Does what android does with half the effort. And don't get me started on ecosystem, and that joke of an app "doubletwist". Even wp7's zune player works better!
Daniel Sanchez
Daniel Sanchez Eric shcmit said it himself in 2010. " were not here to take apple out, were here to drive innovation so the consumer could win in the end"
KoDy Designed ByCrime
KoDy Designed ByCrime I wonder would all of you still love your iPhones so much if Google pulled all it's services from them....
Lizzie Kuss
Lizzie Kuss yeah i saw the video for the new ios five and it looks sick cw they made it better u know who agrees
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz maybe the io5 will add widgets like andoroid lol
Ramon Quintero
Ramon Quintero wp7 will dominate once mango comes out. mango update makes ios5 loook like shit and it was announced first lol
Tham Ye Yang
Tham Ye Yang Android copied Apple's multi touch and Apple's consumer Maps application and slapped it on Android. They also used Apple's webkit for their own Android browser... -__-, Apple aren't the only one copying ya know...
Daniel Sanchez
Daniel Sanchez @Kimberly thank you! It's all choice. I was once an android fanatic but my needs changed. I don't hate android. It's not just what I need now. @ Everette your probably right. I was making a general statement regarding patent infringement. And yes apple would sue their own shadow. But if anything apple fans should be thankful that android is making apple feel the heat which only benefits us the consumer.
Henry Murillo
Henry Murillo And the whole my is better than yours crap Haha dude needs to grow up if u like somethin then like it. If its meant for u and u feel comfortable and satisfied stick wit it, best, second, third, who gives a shit
KoDy Designed ByCrime
KoDy Designed ByCrime @ Kyle yes they innovated with the original iPhone back in 2007!!! But I think its 2011 now bro and they have been grossly left behind....just put an iPhone 4 next to a Samsung GSII and tell me which device and OS is superior... apple is fighting a war it cannot possibly win the android onslaught just won't stop just when you think it will something even more amazing comes into play Google's game plan was sheer genius! They are attacking on all fronts, all form factors, all price ranges it's just to much for one company to stop. Will iPhones be around for a long time to come? Yes but will they be the leaders in the market again? No! Android will have a commanding ever growing lead and apple will still make OK devices but only for a very small niche crowd who value brand over function and usability ...
Tom Chavira
Tom Chavira Can people stop posting novels sized comments?? I feel that iOS5 made significant improvements. I've never been an iPhone fan, but the new specs are great.
Everett C W Byrd
Everett C W Byrd @Zach retook? Apple has never been number one in the smartphone market in terms of total devices. Ever. Not once.
Kimberly Shrewsberry
Kimberly Shrewsberry @ Daniel very true. There will always be competition. It all boils down to what YOU the consumer want in a phone. Some like slim and sleek others want more options and customization some like basic and simple. I dont hate iPhones....i just have my own idea of what MY phone should do and how it should work. Opinions are like @$$holes everybody got em lol
Zach Cline
Zach Cline @ Courtney. No it isn't. Apple just retook it's place at number one.
Tree Nguyen
Tree Nguyen I do this for entertaining also to open up minds eh. Those troll?? Doesnt matter to me.
Henry Murillo
Henry Murillo What I hate about apple is how they say "our shiz is pure innovation Blah blah blah..." the iphone and ipads are great devices, I enjoy playing around wit them but taking credit for someone else's shiz is bull! Android, ios webos, Damn they're all great but I don't see webos copying android and sayin we're innovators... At the end of the day people like android and people like ios, its a fuckin personal choice don't hate cause some like vanilla ice cream and others prefer chocolate
Kyle Adams
Kyle Adams @Courtney, Android is "dominating mobile space" because it is a free open source OS. Just as Windows is on way more brands and has a lot more computers to choose from. That doesn't mean windows is superior to a Mac, it just means Windows is avaliable to any brand and OS X is only owned by Apple.
Darrell Cunningham
Darrell Cunningham Not really, i want a qwerty windows phone, not anything they have out now tho, come on Aaron send Microkia an email telling them u have an idea for an qwerty wp7, u got the magic Aaron, im counting on you...
Everett C W Byrd
Everett C W Byrd @Daniel Sanchez Correction, Apple copied LG, Nokia, and Samsung. It's a big deal when Apple is suing the very same companies it steals from.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline But the Fandroids need to get over apples notification system.Android doesn't have a patent.on it, And they've ripped a ton off from ios. The keyboard on my droid looks eerily similar the the one on the iPhone. Hmmm odd... lol.
Tree Nguyen
Tree Nguyen Sirvival of the fittest. Maybe iphone just havent step to their game yet. Or they not trying their hardest. Everything has its own 5 minutes of fame. Just like singers and artists they always have about 10 songs and there they famous and making million.
Gabriel Castro
Gabriel Castro I'm glad I'm not associated with android trolls. Look how mad they get over the Internet about people's OPINIONS. I think its hilarious how mad they get over the Internet. It's embarrassing, why would you rant and go crazy over a cell phone? LOL get a life you trolls. Go design a better phone while you're at it. Engineer it, design it, and manufacture it and sell millions since it's so easy.
Daniel Sanchez
Daniel Sanchez So people are idiots. I've had 16 android phones and now I'm on an iPhone. Big deal. It's all about preference and giving the consumer options. I'm sure apple did copy android as android copied apple and as apple copied blackberry. It's a big circle. There's nothing original any more it's about who can do it best. You as the consumer should be happy competition is driving innovation instead of making ignorant remarks. Next thing you know your gonna start saying Toyota copied Honda. Henry ford would role over on his grave
KoDy Designed ByCrime
KoDy Designed ByCrime Android is the leader in the market now and will be for a long time to come. I take it as a sincere form of flattery that apple had to borrow some of Google's mojo to finally have an almost complete OS, good for them but android is clearly dominating the mobile space for a reason....
Otis MrTeddybear Pinkerton
Otis MrTeddybear Pinkerton @Danu You iLovers always use that argument. We Android just repeat it. iPhone is a simple setup, no doubt about it. The menus are crisp and clear, and you dont have to go digging to find things. its right there. the little control you have on your iDevice. as far as android, you have to search. Where is this, where is that. our menus are more vast in options that yours ever will be. You cant argue against that. The proof is in the pudding.
Tree Nguyen
Tree Nguyen @ Danu lol apple had this long time ago jailbreak it
Kyle Adams
Kyle Adams @kimberly they have done a lot that hasent been done. Where do you think all of this started? This whole full touch screen smartphone with a great OS started with iPhone. Android is a great OS, I do not dispute that. But to say Apple never is revelutionary is a bit of a stretch.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Yes it can.
Zach Carolin
Zach Carolin I think that although android may have had some or most of the features that iPhone is now getting they weren't very easy to use when you open an android menu it's a lot to take in but when you open the iPhone menu its very pleasing to the eyes and spread out and not cluttered many android are here before the iPhones but the most basic when iPhone comes out with those features they are top of the line and easy to understand
Dahiana Guzman
Dahiana Guzman Can the weather widget be seen from the lock screen?

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