iOS 5 new features round-up
With that in mind, there probably won't be a better time for us to quickly recap the more important new features that will make their debut with the latest version of Apple's mobile platform. So, here it goes...
Finally, iOS users will be able to enjoy a well-made notification system, which will put an end to those pesky pop-ups that had the nasty habit of interrupting whatever you're doing. For the purpose, Apple has created the so-called Notification Center, which will serve as a central hub for all of your notifications. There you'll find such stuff as new messages and email, calendar alerts, social networking and app updates, as well as widgets for (only) stocks and weather. Once the beta of iOS 5 hit the streets though, the modding community was quick to “tweak” Notification Center so that it can contain third-party widgets, which is great, of course. Here's for hoping this functionality will also be available with the stock software soon...
But where will the Notification Center reside? Easy – you just pull the notification bar down, and there it is. Android, anyone? In addition, notifications will also be visible right from the lock screen of your device (this was only possible on jailbroken iPhones until now), and you'll even have the option to jump right to the respective app by sliding you finger over the notification that it has issued.
Email in iOS 5 will also get a facelift. Most notably, it will now sport rich-text formatting, allowing you to use bold, italic and underline tools. Additionally, you'll be able to flag your mails, while the enhanced app will also support drag-and-drop of email addresses between the To, CC and BCC fields. Finally, if you're looking for a specific part of a looong email, iOS 5 will let you find it easily, as it will feature a new search option.
We have a confession to make. Buttery smooth web page scrolling, perfectly fluid pinch-zooming, as well as lightning-quick site loading times turn us on as much as Lady Gaga in her latest video! Wait, what?!... Anyways, the thing is that when it comes to web browser improvements, we're always excited! So, let's see what Apple has cooked for us. First up, we have a new option called Safari Reader. What it will do is to basically strip down a page from all distractions like ads and leave only the text and images of a certain story, all the while setting an appropriate font size for your convenience. Another new feature is Reading List, which will allow you to save a story for later reading. Additionally, iPad users will also get tabbed browsing – a pretty useful treat that will greatly speed up the browsing process when you have multiple pages open.
One of the more impressive new features in iOS 5 seems to be iMessage – the new texting service for all iOS users. Usable over Wi-Fi or 3G, iMessage will let you exchange messages, images, video and contacts with a single, or multiple other iOS users (support for group messaging). Other goodies that iMessage will include will be delivery and read receipts, as well as the ability to see if a person on the other side is currently typing. While it certainly won't overtake ubiquitous services like normal messaging, it will make life within the iOS universe a bit easier.
Newsstand is yet another feature aimed straight at media consumers. It will be your special place if you feel like reading lots of magazines and newspapers on your iOS device. Apart from presenting you with a cosy interface, Newsstand will also let you manage all of your subscriptions. Speaking of subscriptions, Apple has signed deals with lots of major publishers, so content shouldn't be a problem. Want to read a magazine while having no access to the net? Not a problem, just remember to save the desired issue for offline viewing prior to you stepping into that blank zone, and everything will be fine.
With iOS 5, Apple has decided to to take the relationship between its mobile OS and Twitter to the next level. What this means is that you'll be able to execute a one-time sign-in with your Twitter account from the Settings menu of your iOS device, and this will initiate integration with lots of apps like Contacts, Camera, Photos, Safari and Maps. So, there you have it, if you're a Twitter aficionado, updating to iOS 5 will be a must for you.
Amateur photographers will also benefit from iOS 5 in more than one way. For example, there'll be a camera app shortcut right there on the homescreen for quick access. Then, taking pictures with the iPhone will now be much more natural, as you'll be able to use the volume up key as a camera shutter. Additionally, there will be some simple image editing tools ready at your disposal.
Apple has done a significant move forward when it comes to delivering system updates to your device. Not only will you be able to update your device over the air now, but those updates will actually be much smarter than before. In short, you'll no longer have to reinstall the whole OS on your phone or tablet, but you'll just have to download and install only the data that has been changed. Nice.
Of course, there will be many other features coming with iOS 5, but here we just wanted to take a quick look at the most important improvements that Apple's latest OS iteration will bring. Are you looking forward to experiencing all the good stuff that will come bundled with iOS 5? Are you content with what Apple has in store for you? Feel free to raise your opinion in the comments below!
1. Just saying (unregistered)
Not bashing or Trolling @ Apple but it is about time unfortunatley for me it is a little late as all these features I found on an Android phone. However, congrats to the iPhone users. These features are what Os4 should had come with on the iPhone 4 release.
233. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
Good things happen to those who wait. Several of these new features on iOS5 might already exist on android. But the implementation is quite different. Android tends to get too excited and rush features out half-baked. Probably out of desperation to have something out first before Apple does, to make it seem like they're ahead. Apple takes their sweet time in making sure that a feature is implemented more effectively. Not saying that it's perfect. But most of the time, they're spot on. It's not just about who had it out first, rather on how well it's done that matters more.
Not saying this merely because I prefer the iphone, but I'm basing it on Apple's and android's track record.
277. dmakun (Posts: 196; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)
It puzzles me how apologetic iphone users get these days! So you criticize android has having "half baked" features cos they roll out additional functionality faster than IOS? I take it that you have never used a proper (high end) android before. Mind you, i say 'high end' because that costs just about the same value as the iphone4 (or less) hence should deliver a standard android experience. I have used the iphone 4 and I'm still puzzled by the logic or audacity to compare IOS to android. Its as clear as day and night to me. Android phones have surpassed IOS (to me). Otherwise, IOS and apple should be given credit for creating the competition for innovation that has birth android and I am sure we have not seen the 'best' mobile OS yet.
305. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)
When he said Android, he was refering to the OS not the model of phone.
267. iBacon (unregistered)
Well, when you release a Flagship phone once a year this happens. I guess Apples thinking is to release a whole bunch of software improvements at once instead of as it develops like Android. Sometimes the features that does come out isn't compatible with ALL Android phones. When comparing iPhones to iPhones the improvements over the previous generation really make it a worth while purchase. Thats the key reason why I didn't "upgrade" my EVO 4G to the 3D model. Not enough changes to warrant a buy and being Sprints bitch for 2 more years.
320. alx33 (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Finally a comment on an Iphone article from an android user thats isn't just trolling and judgement!!
2. LOLapplethecrapplenotsnapple (unregistered)
How about this I wont even mention all the ideas STOLEN from Android...
Instead I'll throw a curveball and mention that Windows Phone w/ Mango is by far the most user friendly, social networking enriched, dummy proof, feature packed OS out there now. Now with all the big time hardware coming out for it, people would be crazy to not switch to WP7.5
24. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
This will be the new fandroid. As android OS loses market share and windows OS picks up we will see the trolls convert to telling us how much better windows phones are.
33. Penny (Posts: 1192; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
I resent that notion Taco. I've been a fan of WP7 since I saw the first demos 8-10 months before the OS was released. I realize that there will be more fanboys as the WP7 market share grows, but do not let that distract you from the facts about the OS. I agree with comment #2 above in that WP7 Mango really does have the best social networking integration, and I would also argue it is the most feature packed OS right now.
35. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
I'm not talking about you. I'm talking about the constant trolls on Apple articles. They are bandwagon jumpers and will switch up what OS they follow at the drop of a hat. Their number 1 reason to post is bash Apple and they'll take the argument anywhere.
I didn't mean it as a dig on windows. I actually like windows new OS. I think it's user friendly and now with mango their caught up with features. I think in 2012 windows gains a lot of market share.
183. iosmaster (Posts: 115; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)
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189. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Didn't you drop off into a black hole of stupidity some time ago? If so, why did you ever bother coming back?
312. Tc01 (unregistered)
Hi Apple is a great product but they are way behind the times...apple have once again got all there ideas fron ANDROID which are AWESOME..Over the air..android did this years ago..apple have only just included this in there ios 5 update...way behind i think...apple also restrict you regarding using things you need ie BLUETOOTH...etc
3. rwrife (Posts: 32; Member since: 25 Sep 2009)
Apple is reallly far behind on integrating 3rd party applications and services. They should really focus a lot of effort on providing APIs that allow applications to share data & services. The Windows 8 approach, to me, seems like the most ideal way of extending applications' capabilities by allowing interaction with 3rd party applications.
6. United (unregistered)
People loved the iOS for its fluidity and ease of use,
its beautiful and clean interface and the simplicity
of performing actions to utilize and exploit the abilities
the device it was on. The huge list of useful and
eye pleasing applications which were designed to
work within the means of the OS and worked on
the same basic principle, doing simple things easily
and simplifying difficult things.
But not everyone feels like this. Especially those
who take pride in their endeavors to defame the
fruit companies products, with their basic set of
questions in place. Why does the structure have to
be so closed? Why are we not allowed to do things
that prior devices allowed us to do? Bluetooth file
transfer- File management, Adobe Flash based browsing,
even setting a custom ringtone.
The fact of the matter is, Apple saw that these things
were slowing down the Operating Systems usage
which in turn deteriorated the whole device. For
example, Bluetooth file transfer was the main reason
due to which, in 2005, over 3 million Nokia
phones got infected with a virus which would delete
important files from the Symbian structure ending
basic phone use.
Adobe flash is the heaviest video plugin ever made
( Adobe’s CEO confirms this) it is heavy on the processor
, ram and extremely heavy on battery. Apple
saw that by disabling Flash for video within Internet
browsing, the overall battery life of device increased
considerably. That being said, the user always should
to have the choice to make the decision for himself.
Adobe flash is allowed in the Application structure and a large number of apps are made with flash.
Apple could have enabled Flash for a user to decide. But , in their defense it is easier to ignore a couple of 1000 people complaining about Flash – than a few million complaining about bad battery.
Apple knows and is sure of one thing and one thing only, if they say their device does something, it does it. They don’t care about anything else and especially those things that they don’t promise or talk about. With the new iOS 5 , Apple brings about a large number of change in the Operating Systems use and the way you use your iDevice in a day to day basis.
Apple has made these improvements not only due to a large number of demands, But also to take on the competition head first.
The iOS 5 adds a huge chunk of things that were missing from the iOS over 200 to be precise. It also adds a whole list of new and innovative aspects to the already popular os.
15. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
wow great post. So true. Apple perfects things before they release them. Apple is also waiting on the 4G because it is a battery killer.
44. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
But think about this while Apple tells you that they wait till they perfect things before they release them, but after basically the same OS year after year, wouldn't they be able to speed up the process because they should be fast at programming it.
Secondly it sounds like the lazy way out by just simply closing off and limiting it's users functionality everyone else has access to.
Thirdly talking battery Apple uses one of the smallest batteries in todays marketplace maybe if they designed better for a larger battery ( or gave its users the option for an extended battery purchase) they could let their devices do more. JMHO
48. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
LAzy I stopped reading at that part.
52. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
You don't get it and never will. Apple waits on features until they are well implemented. They leave features out to improve functions of the phone. That's their strategy and it's working awesome so far. If you want half baked features then there's android.
By the way you're a CARPENTER lol. You came on here claiming you have a consulting business.
69. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
I do taco. I worked as a carpenter when I was in college and keep my union card by working about 600 hours a year and paying my dues. I get alot of contracts from my connections in the industry. My carpentry work is interior systems for high end offices in Manhattan. I do work for a company which has clients like JPMorgan Chase, Macy's , ABC TV, and yes APPLE. I have worked on 6 Apple stores in the NY/NJ area. Which is another reason I know what scum that company is.
So i am an Italian American UNION contractor and I have a consulting business which employs 5 workers. I specialize in business efficency and reducing redundency in business. I
my not hiding my identity like you. I just don't like to advertise my consulting on Facebook.
78. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Give it up man you're an entry level installer. You don't own a business.
Sad that you feel like you have to lie on PA.
You don't like to advertise your business on linked in either apparently.
It's also sad that you have an anti Apple pic for your Facebook profile. Taking the whole fanboy thing to another level when it takes over your identity.
80. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
You have no idea what your talking about dude.
But while your talking what do you do and who do you work for?
84. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
my linked in profile is for my Total Office Planning contacts, dude. I don't need everyone knowing everything that I do and all the people that I work with.
86. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Yea why would you want people to know you have a business?!! Who uses linked in for connecting with people for their business?
92. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
Listen kid you don't know what your talking about, or have any idea who I am. So let's just leave it at this, You don't know me or want to know me, I don't know you or care to know you, you wanna talk crap about phones ok, otherwise leave me and my business between me and my clients. Leave it alone Jr.
88. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
what is really pathetic is that you spent your time researching me and trying to find out who I am and couldn't even do that properly.
91. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Does your "consulting" business have a website?
It took me two seconds to find out your a fraud. It's called google search.
111. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
No, and there is a good reason you don't find me on google search, dude.
122. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
So your facebook lists you as a carpenter, your linked in as an installer. Your phantom business doesn't even have a basic webpage.
Total fraud. But hey at least crapple sux!!! Right? I think I'm starting to understand fandroids better now. You have a miserable life and have been a total failure in life so you come to phonearena and take out your frustration on Apple users. They are everything you hate. Young, attractive, successful in life.
Envy is one of the 7 deadly sins is it not?
126. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
Yes I am a union carpenter ( I hold a union card ) and yes I am an Installer, as is the whole union except foreman and shop stewards, and yes I have a business I don't need to advertise because that's not how I get contracts. If you had a brain you could see how this is all possible.
You on the other hand hide your contact info because you are the one who doesn't want anyone to know who you REALLY are. I don't hide I just don't need everyone knowing everything. Now I'm leaving to go to on a motorcycle trip and wont be posting next week as I'll be enjoying the open road but will be back to Apple bashing on the 11th.
201. Heatfan316 (Posts: 434; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
You're a sick boy taco, why would you put that man's business in your post? why would you even check up on him? You're angry little child. You have some sort of complex, you need to see a
255. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Don't be mad cause you're buddy just got destroyed
257. Heatfan316 (Posts: 434; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
I'm not mad, but that's wrong, you made yourself look bad and he made himself look bad when he threatened to beat you up. I stuck up for you when Bluedroid wished death on you, I told him he was wrong too, but Taco you're angry, real angry and there's no reason to be that angry.
265. darth8balI (banned) (Posts: 18; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
Ok Taco I admit it I did lie. I don't own a business.
278. dmakun (Posts: 196; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)
taco, You are a horrible kid!! How old are you? This is a gadget website where we all come to read about whats new tech. I've always known you have this wild passion for your ios toys but to belittle a man who earns his living by his trade on a public forum such as this is demeaning and speaks a lot about your personality. You seem like a really sad kid with no friends.
Meanwhile, your attack may make sense if you directly benefit from apple in some way other than touting a i-device and feeling you're cool but you're not. You don't fool anyone about what is your opinion of android or IOS because they are mostly skewed by your sick biase. I would overlook your comments on this website henceforth.
177. AmericanDream (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
I have been a long time Phone Arena viewer, but have never bothered writing comments to get into these immature cyber battles. But taco, I can NOT stand you. I don't know who you are, nor do I care, but you seem to really think you are so much better than everyone else and know so much about Apple. Every thread you go into you are talking about how much money people make, or what they do for a living. What is it you do for a living that makes you so much better than the other PA members? And what role do you play in the Apple world to give your "theories" credibility?
231. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Funny you're not mad that a grown man would make up fake stories on a web forum. That's pretty pathetic, but you're upset I called him out on his bs?
232. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Thanks for your support. Looks like we have another fan
300. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
he is a kid that lives with his parents. hes like a toy chiuhaua that has no teeth.. all noise, no bite
276. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 266; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)
taco, you are really sick. why would u even talk about the personal life of darth8ball? that shows u have a lot of time on ur hands to look up a person u dont even know. get a life.
243. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)
Well I wouldn't suggest that it is lazy of Apple to limit the possibilities on the iphone. I think it's smarter. Google should take a couple chapters out of Apple's book. If you notice, which I've mentioned before. There are constant issues with the Android platform which I don't care to mention and most of those issues are caused by opened source apps and the ability to toy with the operating system. Now it's funny because people say "You can always download an antivirus" but that just shows you right there that the Android application system is unstable proving every avid Apple fan correct. Why should you have to download an antivirus (which most do more harm then good to the OS) just to get your phone to work correctly. As far as the battery life on an Iphone goes, it is a battery that lasts a really long time without a charge. My phone could last almost 20 hours without a charge and even then the phone isn't completely dead. Another thing is, everybody comlains about flash. Flash is unstable and something you have to download. Apple is going with a better faster and stronger approach leaning towards HTML5 which doesnt require a plugin. Don't get me wrong, Android is a nice OS......When it works. Which being tech support for Verizon... I would state that would only be 1/4 of the time for most customers.
268. iBacon (unregistered)
Screw that "form over function" bullet point. Whats the point of a 3mm thick phone if the batter life is s**t. If your battery isn't user replaceable at least make it bigger.
Seriously stop bitching about how "closed" iOS is. Its closed for a reason, its to stop idiots from tinkering with their phones and expecting Apple/Phone carrier to replace it when they screw up rooting or modifying it.
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
293. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Small battery is bad? What's bad is buying a Bionic and pretty much being forced to buy an extra battery. "Look at all the cool stuff my Bionic can do! Now watch my battery drain faster than I can type this post!" What's lazy to me is including all of these "advanced" features and just throwing a bigger battery at the problem. The fact that Android users need an "Advanced Task Killer" and other apps for killing tasks is just absurd. The phone's OS should handle that junk, not my brain. Why else is it called a "smart" phone if I have to do the phone's work? Battery management is a MUCH better advancement than finding new ways to drain it. There must be an even mix.
17. chriss (unregistered)
exscusee only excuse men..
u can do a good S.O. with all those goodness.
if you dont remenber the samsung galaxy s 2 or the motorola atrix, both with dual core, have better battery than Iphone 4, and both are very fluid.
so just come on...... blablabla....
note: i like IOS but i think tihs could be better.
31. blueinque (unregistered)
yes...your main point is simplicity but compare it to the price of your so called innovative device! I will not spend that amount for a SIMPLE device that doesn't even know what BLUETOOTH and FLASH PLAYER means.
57. Atrix 4g (unregistered)
The Atrix is just what chris said and it cost way less that the iphone.
Now apple is going to do OTA updates, which probably will make you think if they are going to realease new devices mroe often, therefore they dont have that much time making there OS perfect, meaning they can iron them out over time with OTA updates.
I also think this new IOS thing is just like android, slide down notification system? come on!!
144. sun0066 (Posts: 77; Member since: 12 Feb 2011)
if flash make the battery last less, just make a bigger battery, that excuse it is so without base at all, it is like make a car with just one cylinder because it use more gas. flash is very important and it is a huge limitation for ios making the internet , aside the size of the screen and very small font and not text wrapping, literally useless
179. wakingup (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)
STOP BLAMING THINGS ON BATTERY LIFE FOR GOD SAKES!!! You can intergrate it and let the user turn it on or off! And on 'United's' statement, the fluidness of the IOS and the battery life is just cause it cant do half the stuff Androids can and the RAMs on Androids are bigger alson with the processor. Stop making up excuses!!! The battery is also smaller than most Androids too! If thaat excuse is valid, than IOS should have the LARGEST battery in the market!
Iphones have HD screens, androids do too WITH bigger screens. Android cameras are better in general, video is higher quality (1080p compared to 720p) the RAM is bigger on Androids, Processors are faster on Androids, there are more Android applications on the market compared with the IOS applications (android outnumbers IOS approx. 5:3) and Whatelse did i miss?
No change of the IOS 5 is innovative. iMessage??? Really? That is a horrible idea. Simplistic camera? Really? I can make a camera simple. CLICK THE SHUTTER!!! Edit photos? Do you have any ideahow many applications that you can help you edit a photo? These applications are also free! IOS, YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME(i really want to use another word but phoneareana will...)
246. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)
You forgot to mention that the number of useless, non working, crashing apps on the anroid market also outnumbers IOS 5:3. Also i dont think that a qhd or wvga screen comes even close to the high density pixelation of the retina display. Nice try. And as per phonearena comparisons, the iphone beats out 90% of the cameras on the Android ecosystem. Again..... Nice try. And as I stress..... why does everyone compare the iphone to the whole android ecosystem. There's one iphone and more than 20 androids. Of coarse android is going to have some phones that have more to offer. They come out with new phones every two weeks it seems.......You know why, TO COMPETE WITH APPLE. You can't possibly tell me that 90% of androids aren't rushed out and non tested to make sure that they actually work more than 2 weeks out of the box.
285. mr apples (unregistered)
You do realize that this is just copied from an article right?
9. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
real talk good points but if you jailbreak you can do anything you want.
13. gambino37 (Posts: 146; Member since: 16 Oct 2009)
Sure, great features for iOS to have. But innovative? Hardly.
5. T12RYK (Posts: 98; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)
Apple is mainly playing catch up with iOS 5, still I'm pretty excited for notification centre because the jailbreak tweaks are slowing down my phone.
7. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
wow, i had no idea iOS was missing some of those features. you really are getting android 2.0
10. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
so how you bash Apple but dont know what it has doesnt have?