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Apple reveals location-based reminders and Newsstand in iOS 5

Apple reveals location-based reminders and Newsstand in iOS 5

Apple has unveiled Newsstand, a new addition to App Store, which will serve as the go-to destination for a wide range of major news based publications.

Announced at the Cupertino’s annual developers conference, Newsstand will enable users to subscribe to over a dozen leading newspapers and magazines and receive the latest issues directly to their iDevices in the background, making them available for reading they leave the house, even when they’re offline.

According to Scott Forstall, Apple’s main-man behind iOS, subscriptions will be available from “most of the major publishers of magazines and many newspapers".

For US users, some of the publications on offer will include The New York Times, National Geographic, Vanity Fair, Popular Mechanics and Wired. However, a localised Newsstand will be available in other territories.

Newsstand will be also available from the app launcher and contain an iBooks-style library of all your subscribed-to publications, each with a cover of their latest issue.

Location-specific reminders

Apple also revealed a new ‘geofence’ feature in iOS 5, which can be used to trigger automatic reminders when you leave a particular zone. So for example, if you need to pick up something from the store next time you leave the house, a reminder will automatically pop-up.

This will also tie in with the iCal calendar app, so you could have reminders pop up when you have to go to an appointment.

Stay tuned as we continue our coverage of the latest announcements from Apple.

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