RIM Unveils BlackBerry 10 – Will it Compete With iOS?

RIM unveiled their next generation operating system, BlackBerry 10 at BlackBerry World 2012 keynote in Orlando, Florida earlier today.

BlackBerry 10 is expected to be released later this year, which means that it will compete with Apple’s iOS 6 that is widely expected to be released in October like last year.

Here’re some of the highlights from the sneak peek video and details provided by Dieter Bohn of The Verge who was present at the keynote event:

  • The Home screen has four titles of information, which fetch live information from apps. Tapping on the tile to launch the app.
  • The Home screen has three persistent buttons at the bottom for Phone, Search, and Camera.
  • BlackBerry 10 seems to be highly gesture based. For example:
    • You can swipe up from the bottom in an app to go back to the Home screen.
    • Swipe down to take the call and swipe up to ignore it.
    • You can swipe left from the right edge of the screen to reveal the notifications.
    • A half-swipe will show you the unread count for each account and a full swipe will open the messaging and email app.
  • While it is not clear how multitasking works, RIM plans to keep apps running in the background all the time and not pausing the app in the background (not sure how they plan to prevent battery drain).
  • BlackBerry 10 also comes with a new Camera app, which includes an interesting feature, it is live all the time (recording frames), so that when you take a shot, you can go into the picture and scroll forward and backward to pick that perfect shot.
  • RIM has also improved the touchscreen keyboard. Users will be able to swipe up on a letter to automatically type a suggested word.
  • It looks like BlackBerry 10 will include video calling feature like Apple’s FaceTime and wireless streaming feature like AirPlay.

RIM has released the initial developer toolkit for native and HTML5 software development and is giving away BlackBerry 10 Jam developer attendees a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device to help them test their apps for BlackBerry 10.

You can check out the video below to get a sneak peek at BlackBerry 10 and also the video that The Verge has compiled from the keynote event.

Will BlackBerry 10 be able to compete with iOS 6? Let us know what you think in the comments.