A new mobile operating system, iOS 5, has been released on 12th October by Apple. This is a one of the greatest update of Apple iOS and it can be updated on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Apple is offering more than 200 new user-facing features and upgrades with this new OS which will supercharge your iDevice undoubtedly. Some of these features just came in 3rd-party apps which are already available in iPhone and iPad.
This new OS will be compatible with 3rd and 4th generation of iPod touch, iPad, iPad2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and presumably the iPhone 5. The iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone will experience more integration; with each other and also among the apps run on each device. The number of clicks, swipes and taps to complete a task will be reduced considerably and maybe even eliminated. The one new app is preinstalled on all new iOS devices for the variation on some other app that users had to buy from a 3rd-party developer previously. Here the top ten features which make it highly desirable are described.
Safari with new feature Reader
Safari has been refurbished with new feature Reader. Reading on a mobile phone is less elegant compared to reading on an eReader. However, the online reading experience on the mobile devices will improved by this new feature of iOS 5, Reader. This feature allows you for taking out ads, reformatting a site on the fly and reformatting text so it seems better on your iPhone or iPad screen. This feature runs with Reading List which is a way to save the contents for later offline viewing, reading, and keeping them coordinated between all your iOS devices. The web browser of Apple also adds tabbed browsing in this version, which allows it to work across multiple sites and web pages.
Undoubtedly, iCloud is one of the greatest new features of iOS 5. This cloud-based service is designed for wireless back-up and syncing of all your apps, photos, music. So, there is no need to tether with a computer for any iOS running device. The whole thing that needs to take place with your device can take place over Wi-Fi. iCloud offers a lot of new features such as 5GB of cloud storage, free re-downloads of purchased content, free syncing for all your contacts, calendars, a free email address and many more. This feature is very tempting for iPad users as they can use their tablet as primary PC.
A new instant messaging system, iMessage has been implemented in iOS 5. When you send text message or MMS to another iOS 5 user, iOS 5 will automatically detect it and save your money by sending your pictures or messages via internet, instead of your carrier. It supports iPad, iPod touch and iPhone. It also sports delivery notification and it is completely automated.
This feature will provide the incredibly useful locked screen. The locked screen of ordinary phone can provide very limited information such as date, time, 3G/4G and Wi-Fi signal strength, battery level and the most lately received push notification like an incoming text message. While the locked screen with iOS 5 will show all new notifications like your emails, stock information, upcoming appointments, voice mails and text messages and so on in a graphical list at a glimpse. At the top of screen, a smooth tiny bar will spin and you can access all received notifications by dragging it down. You will go on the appropriate app by tapping them. You can also swipe an icon adjacent to each notification to go directly on the applicable app and entry in question.
The iOS 5 makes 2 most useful camera upgrades. The first one is a shortcut key to access the camera immediately in the locked screen. Hence, there is no need to unlock the phone and click on the camera icon, by which you can lose the moment for a great photo. The second one is a shortcut key to capture the photo; you can snap the photo by using volume button as the shutter button. The other improvement on camera includes basic image editing such as cropping, sharpening of image, rotating and red-eye reduction.
The iOS 5 comes with a totally new feature, the pull-down. You can pull down a screen containing a list of notifications and activity, by use of your fingertip. Basically, it holds the same handy list as the locked screen, but with minor differences in design and format. You can touch any notification and go directly to it same as the locked screen view. Hence, there is no need to double-tap the power button when you observe a new notification; you can switch between apps, if you want to interact with it or respond to it.
Reminders feature is a preinstalled To-Do app of the future. This feature permits you to put together both reminders and To-do lists for a set time and date. Reminders contain all the distinctive reminder features, such as Geo-located reminders and alerts, and it will sync with Outlook and iCal in all iOS devices. It comes with many fancy features like Geo-fencing, which allows you to set up remind about things for a defined location and when you reach at that location it will remind you.
The virtual newsstand feature of iOS 5 will be definitely appreciated by the newspaper and magazine readers. This service will manage your all subscriptions at one place. You subscriptions will update automatically via Newsstand and store for new buying subscriptions will build into the app directly. Likewise, the iOS 5 Game Center also has a built-in store, so there is no need of flipping to the App Store to acquire a game.
Twitter is strongly integrated with a lot of features and apps on iOS 5. Apps such as camera can directly place the photo to Twitter. Direct sharing from Safari, YouTube or even Maps is also supported. You can tweet websites from Safari, locations from Maps, videos from YouTube, tweet photos, and more. Hence, when you wish to share anything on Twitter such as a photo or an article from Safari, you can do this with the Twitter app of iOS 5.
Revised Mail App
The Mail app is also refurbished to include a range of new improvements such as message flagging, rich text formatting and indentation control. You can also drag and drop email address into the cc, to and bcc fields via this new app. iPad users can swipe the screen for accessing the inbox in picture mode via this revised app.