Apple’s soon-to-be-released next generation mobile operating system – iOS 5 unveiled at today’s WWDC 2011 Keynote, which includes more than 200 features for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users such as Notification Center, iMessage, Newsstand, Reminders and Twitter integration etc.
In addition to these major features, Apple has also upgraded the Mail app in iOS 5.
iOS 5 finally gives the user the ability to Flag important email messages, so you can access important messages more easily in the future. If you’re using a Gmail account then flagging an email message marks it as Starred (assuming you have set it up as a Gmail account and not a Microsoft Exchange account).
All you need to do is tap on the Mark text (which shows up when you tap on the Details text next to the From field, which brings up two options – Mark as unread or Flag, tap on Flag option to flag the email.
If you tap on the Mark text again, you get an option to Unflag the message. If you’ve marked an email as unread, in iOS 5, you can also mark it as read again.
Mail app finally gets rich text formatting in iOS 5, so you can format text using bold, italic, or underlined fonts.
Indentation controls will allow you to indent text wherever required.
You can drag addresses in address fields so you can rearrange them without going through the hassle of retying them.
You can now search the entire content of the message on your iOS device or on the mail server, in addition to from, to and subject fields.
Apple has added support for S/MIME for enterprise customers.
With iCloud, you also get a free email account that is synced with all your iOS devices.
In iOS 5, you also get access to the built-in dictionary in the Mail app.
- Apple has also introduced a new variant of the keyboard for the iPad, which splits into two making it easier for users who prefer to type with their thumbs on the iPad. It is a system-wide feature, which will be useful while using the Mail app.
It would have also been nice to be able to mark an email as spam rather than moving it to a Spam folder.
Which other feature do you think is still missing in the Mail app? Let us know in the comments.