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iOS 5 to add Android-style OTA updates & camera enhancements

iOS 5 to add Android-style OTA updates & camera enhancements

Over the air updates are coming to the iPhone and iPad with the arrival of the latest, greatest version of Apple’s iOS operating system, it was confirmed at Cupertino’s WWDC tech-stravaganza.

Apple will initiate so-called OTA operating system bumps when it pushes out iOS 5 later this year, eliminating once and for all the need for iAppliance owners to use iTunes on their PC to upgrade their device’s operating system.

The system which brings iPhones and iPads in line with rival devices running Android fits into Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs’s vision of a “post-PC” world in which desktops and laptops are no longer digital hubs for consumers’ mobile and pocket tech.

iOS 5 is also set to improve the iPhone’s credentials as a camera phone. Chief among the enhancements is the addition of a camera icon on the homescreen when locked, accessible by double-pressing the home button, to allow users to grab a quick snap even faster.

Also incoming to the iPhone’s snapper is the ability to use the volume control as a dedicated camera button – a first for Apple smartphones – as well as new software for editing snaps intended to make it easier to crop images and add effects.

Finally, pinch-to-zoom is also being added for getting up close and personal with your subject without actually physically getting up close and personal.

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