Apple finally brought the rich text format to its Mail app in iOS 5, but the Cupertino company is yet to introduce it to an app that I think needs it just as much: Notes. According to the screenshot above, however, it’s coming in iOS 5.1.
There are several features that have been left out of the iOS 5.1 developers betas, such as the new lock screen camera slider and Japanese support within Siri that we discovered last week. And it seems rich text formatting for the Notes app is another thing we can add to that list.
iPhone Hellas, which published the screenshot above, claims Apple’s next iOS update will finally bring bulleted lists, links, underlined text, new fonts, and font colors to the Notes app.
And there’s never been a better time, with rich text formatting part of the new Notes app for Mac that will make its debut with OS X Mountain Lion this summer.
Its migration to the Mac, as well as its new features, could suggest Apple has big plans for the Notes app. What has essentially been a very basic text editor since it made its debut on the first iPhone could turn out to become a real rival to services like Evernote in future, though admittedly there’s a long way to go just yet.
The iOS 5.1 update is expected to go public during Apple’s iPad 3 unveiling next month.