The Best iOS5 Features

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by leeannm on October 17, 2011

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Last week Apple released iOS5 packed with over 200 new features. What do we love the most?!


There is a lot to choose from, but our 5 favorite iOS5 features are:

The Notification Center – The Notification Centeris a new app where you can customize which applications you want to provide notifications for. It also lets you customize the type of alert style for some of the applications. This is a nice touch as it puts you in charge of deciding whether you want to be rudely interrupted or discreetly notified. But wait there’s more! You can also choose which apps you want to see alerts for in the Lock Screen too
With a downward finger swipe in the Home Screen, you can also view your key notifications, and then flick them easily away again. Loving the stock screen ticker as well!

Wireless Syncing – Another one of the great iOS 5 features is Wireless Syncing which let’s you sync your apps, media content, photos etc without tethering your iDevice to your PC or Mac. Your iPhone must be plugged into the power and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer. Additionally, you can only do this with iOS5 and iTunes 10.5.10.5. Be sure to check Sync over Wi-Fi in the Summary screen in iTunes first.

Twitter Integration – Twitter integration with iOS shows the impact Twitter has had in social networking. Additionally, and as you would expect, Twitter is also included in the Notifications Center to keep you completely up to date.

iCloud – iCloud will store your photos, mail, calendars, reminders, Documents and Data in the cloud and wirelessly sync these back to your other devices. And it’s free! Well, 5 gig is. We are loving the Photostream which means you can take a photo on one device and it just appears on the other! It just works and it’s beautiful thing.

Mail Improvements – If you are a heavy mail user, then you will notice some great improvements to the Mail App including some rich text formatting such as bold, italic and underline as well as indenting and flagging those important messages you need to attend to later.

Let us know what your favourite features are!

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betsy October 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I am finding the OS5 (on an iPhone 3G) a major headache. Things crash (“groups” in Contacts, even after reset, freeze), App store insists on talking to me in Italian, though I have set the phone to English–so far I don’t notice ANY improvements, just frustrations, when it was working fine before the upgrade. Would you recommend reverting to OS4 (is this even possible?)

leeannm October 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm

As far as I’m aware, the 3G does not run iOS5. Are you sure you aren’t referring to the 3GS?

betsy October 18, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Yes, sorry, I am referring to the 3GS.

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