iOS 5.0: Notifications Shake Up & Widgets Like Android

With the smartphone market booming one of the big events that’s not very far away is Apple’s WWDC and the hype has been building for quite a while now. Many people are speculating that there will and won’t be a new Apple iPhone appearance and Apple themselves have said that this is a software only event.

That being the case it looks like the focus will in fact be on their operating system the iOS. It’s expected that they will show case the up and coming iOS 5.0 for mobile devices and the iOS 5.x. Naturally with anything Apple related they haven’t really let anything on but it’s expected that iOS 5.0 will receive a notification shake up and possibly widgets like on the Google Android OS.

It’s true that Apple certainly needs to do something better with the notifications as many people have complained that they interrupt whatever they are doing. Personally I have notifications turned off on my iPhone 4 because they are pretty annoying but if they were done in a slightly less intrusive way then they could be useful.

We first learned that this is the agenda through Slashgear’s Rue Liu who has added an article talking about the potential updates to the iOS. Interestingly there’s a mixed reception about it in the comments with people saying that Steve Jobs may even call the widgets something different to make it seem “magical” and “revolutionary” which is a possibility.

Widgets definitely aren’t a new concept and one of the advantages that Google has seen with them on their Android platform is it has enticed users to feel like they have customization which is big this year. If Apple can adopt a similar approach but in a better way without affecting the battery life and overall performance speed of navigation then this could be great for current and future iPhone owners although we are hearing that the new iOS may not work with models as old as the 3GS.

There are also some interesting points made in an article over on techcrunch.com by MG Siegler where he says in not so many words that this year’s WWDC won’t be boring and that we should expect an extensive look at both the iOS 5.0 and iOS 5.x of all the changes that these major upgrades will see. I personally can’t wait to see what they are doing with it.

What do you think of the potential changes that we will see with the iOS? Do you think they will be useful changes? Do you think Steve Jobs has any surprises up his sleeves this year? Let us know in the comments section below.