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Photo Stream And Siri To Be Revamped On The iPhone 5
Phones LimitedJun 24, 2012 11:58 BST
One of the most eagerly awaited mobile launches of 2012 is without doubt the new iPhone 5. This model looks set to boast a brand new design and a larger screen but many of the improvements that will be present on this model relate to the new iOS6 operating system that the phone will use.
The excellent iCloud service will be improved on the iPhone 5 and in particular when it comes to storing photographs. This service is a relatively new addition to the iPhone and it allows users to store a large amount of data and material from their phone in a set amount of cloud storage space. A number of items from contact details to appointments can be stored, enabling them to be accessed easily form other devices and also keeping them safe in the event of a lost handset. The iCloud works particularly well with photographs taken on the phone. These are placed into the Photo Stream and automatically uploaded to the cloud. Apple look set to transform this aspect of the service on the new iPhone 5 by turning the Photo Stream into a more social experience along the same lines as Instagram. Users will be able to select friends and family who can view any content that is stored. These users will in turn be able to comment on the images. It remains to be seen whether Apple will incorporate a number of filter effects similar to rival software but the increased functionality certainly looks like being an appealing aspect of the new device.
It is not only the iCloud service that will be changed thanks to the new software on the iPhone 5. Apple's popular Siri voice software will be given a host of new functions including the option to launch apps and playback videos. Apple are also releasing the software to independent app developers meaning that new applications launched for this model can make full use of Siri. We could soon be using the service to update our Facebook status or to compose IM message to friends on services such as Whatsapp. The new software will feature a new maps service developed by Apple that is said to offer improved satellite navigation and 3D views of certain towns and city's. Traditionally Apple have used the Google Maps software but the company are keen to keep everything "in house" on this new phone, especially with Google being the company that produce the Android OS that is the biggest rival to iOS.
We may not have long to wait until we can get our hands on the new iPhone 5. Experts predict a September release for this model and the software improvements look set to ensure that this model becomes the most popular iPhone ever launched.