Packed in iOS 5’s 200 new features is the Notification Center, which lets users view and manage notifications in one place without interruption, and iMessage, a messaging service that lets users send text messages, photos and videos between all iOS 5 users. iOS 5 will eventually be available as a free software update for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS customers.
iPhone 4S works with iCloud, which includes iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud. These apps automatically store iPhone 4S users’ content on the Web and push it to all of a user’s other Apple devices. When content changes on one device, all of the other Apple devices are updated over the air.
Apple is finally leveraging the assets from its Siri purchase in April 2010 to add a virtual personal assistant to iPhone 4S, which allow people to ask the phone questions and receive intelligent, well-crafted answers to such queries as “what is the weather like in San Francisco?” The device will also help users make calls, send text messages or email, schedule meetings and reminders, etc. Like Google Voice Actions, but smarter.
While the Oct. 14 launch of the new smartphone will be limited to a handful of countries, the iPhone 4S will roll out to the rest of the world Apple serves Dec. 1.