Apple unveiled the long awaited iOS 5 back at WWDC 2011 this year. But its only now that finally iOS 5 is going to be released to the public after a long line of betas to make the final release bug free. And of course what better combination it could be – an iPhone 4S pre-loaded with iOS 5! This is because it’s a major new release and includes a large set of new features. According to Apple iOS 5 includes 200 new features as compared to the previous release! Here, we will give you a brief round-up of the best new features to make your decision easier of migrating to the new release.
One of the more exciting update is for the camera application that now can be launched directly from the Lock Screen, and Apple finally allow you to use the physical volume buttons to snap a picture! Also, the basic image editing features such as crop, rotate and red-eye removal are now included in the camera application.
New Notification Center
One of the major new features is the new Notification Center. Gone is the super annoying message popups in pre-iOS 5 versions. Now all the message will be non-intrusive no matter what activity you are doing on your iDevice. They will pileup in the Notification Centre which you can bring-in by swiping down from the top. So all notifications are always available for the latter review there and can also be selectively deleted.
We have already written a lot about the new Notification Centre in iOS 5. Some of the must see articles include: Ultimate Compilation of Best iOS 5 Notification Centre Widgets [Cydia Tweaks] and WeeFacebook 2.0: Facebook Widget For the iOS 5 Notification Centre!
Another new feature is News Stand that might be interesting for some users. It is a centralized hub for all your newspaper magazine subscriptions.
Deep Twitter Integration
Apple is also touting the deep integration of Twitter in the iOS 5. For example, Twitter integration will be integrated in to Camera, Contacts, Maps and Browser etc.
Mobile Safari Upgrade
Mobile Safari also gets a major improvement in iOS 5 as the browser will now support tabs as well as a new feature called Reading List to save and read contents later on.
Another new feature is the Reminders that is of course similar to the many Reminder applications (think of To Do lists) on the App Store.
New More Refined Mail App
Mail application also gets a facelift, as it supports now rich text formatting, search can also be performed on the mail contents and also now has the ability to flag messages. iOS 5 also comes with built-in dictionary that can be used by all the applications in iOS. iPad users now get the possibility of split keyboard to ease in typing. This is particularly handy for the people that use thumbs to type.
Game Centre Improvements
There are also improvements o the Game Centre in iOS 5. It will have social features such as friend lists, friend and game recommendations and achievement points.
Regarding messaging iOS 5 now supports iMessage for all the iDevices that basically allows to send message, photos, video to each other on Wi-Fi or 3G connections. iMessage takes full advantage of the new notification system. iMessage also features delivery/read receipts, typing indication, and push support.
OTA (Over The Air) Updates
One of the most exciting features according to my point of view is what Apple calls “PC Free”. It essentially means you can cut the cords (to the PC), and there is no need to tether to the PC to setup up an iPhone for example. Also, all the updates will be now delivered OTA (Over The Air) and using delta update technology. That means now no need download a full 500MB IPSW file for just a small update.
iCloud and Wireless Synching
iOS 5 has deep integration with the Apple iCloud technology that was announced back together with the announcement of the iOS 5. This means that all the photos, calendars, apps and app settings, music will seamlessly sync from your iPhone to the cloud and PC without your intervention. In other words, everything will just “work” as Apple likes to put it!
As for the support iOS 5 will support all the current iDevices that are supported by the iOS 4 (i.e. iPhone 3GS/iPhone 4, iPad/iPad 2, and the third and fourth gen iPod touch).
iOS 5 Jailbreak
Some jailbreak solutions have already been available for the iOS 5. Take a look at the following articles. Please note that iOS 5 jailbreak at this time is limited to the tethered. But its expected that an untethered jailbreak solution will be available in few weeks from now on.
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