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Apple iOS 5: What does Apple have in store for iPad and iPhone?

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(Read caption) Apple iOS 5, the forthcoming Apple operating system, will likely bring a range of changes to the iPhone and iPad ecosystem. Here, a user at an Apple store in Manhattan plays with an iPad 2.

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Next week, at the World Wide Developers Conference, out in San Francisco, Apple is expected to take the wraps off iOS 5, the latest iteration of its popular mobile operating system. Readers of Horizons will remember that iOS 4 included the ability to app multitask, among other niceties. So what does iOS 5 have under the hood?

Well, over at Information Week, expert prognosticator Eric Zeman notes that the competing Android Honeycomb OS already "supports powerful widgets that can be used from the home screen." Apple, on the other hand, has some widgets, but most of them are static, and unlike their counterparts in the Android ecosystem, they don't update constantly.

"Rather than shoot for the moon, we'd like to see Apple integrate widget support –– or its own variation thereof –– for a few key apps, such as email, messages, phone functions, and perhaps social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter," Zeman writes. "This would be tricky for Apple to accomplish given the current architecture of iOS, but it's not impossible."


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