iOS 5 new features round-up

iOS 5 new features round-up
These are once again exciting times in Cell phone land, as in just a few days, Apple is about to unveil the longer-than-normally-anticipated next iPhone. But we, old phone junkies, know that it's not only about the new hardware. The advent of the iPhone 5 will also bring an enhanced software experience in the form of iOS 5, which will surely have a significant impact on the course of the epic battle of iOS vs. Android. So, basically, we are as excited for iOS 5 as we are for the iPhone 5.

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...

Notification Center

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.

Mail improvements

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.

Safari improvements

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.

Twitter integration

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.

Camera improvements

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.

OTA updates

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.

8. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I can agree with comment.

233. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 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: Jul 07, 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: Oct 07, 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 Just saying...

24. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

47. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

i agree Taco

172. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Lol. Bandwagon jumpers, eh? We'll see.

183. iosmaster

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

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189. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Didn't you drop off into a black hole of stupidity some time ago? If so, why did you ever bother coming back?

283. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the black hole didnt want him.

312. Tc01 unregistered

Hi Apple is a great product but they are way behind the have once again got all there ideas fron ANDROID which are AWESOME..Over the did this years have only just included this in there ios 5 update...way behind i also restrict you regarding using things you need ie BLUETOOTH...etc Cheers tc01

3. rwrife

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 25, 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

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 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: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 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

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

LAzy I stopped reading at that part.

52. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 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: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 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: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 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.

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