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Latest Apple iOS 5 Review 2011

The iOS Five is no news anymore. It was announced back in Jun at the WWDC along with the iCloud service. Apple has fulfilled its promise 4 a fall release and iOS Five is finally seeding to all compatible iDevices around the globe.
If you have followed all the iOS five beta versions you've probably heard everything you need to know about it. But don’t worry in case you've missed those early builds, we’ll cover everything in this review.

An note 2 make is that this is a review of iOS5 as it’s available on the iPhone (4)Four. The specific iPhone Four4S perks will be covered in a separate review once we get the handset itself. Now before we continue, let's take a look at the most important features premiering on the iOS Five.

Apple iOS 5 new features:

  • Notifications - real time on-screen notifications, lockscreen notifications and pull-down Notification Center
  • iMessage service in the Messaging app enabling instant messages 2 other iOS users
  • Reminders - including location-aware options
  • Customizable notification sounds - email, voicemail and calendar alerts
  • Twitter integration
  • iCloud service integration – wireless backup and restore, app and content syncing
  • Enhanced Camera app - viewfinder grid, supports a hardware shutter key
  • Integrated photo editing - crop, auto enhance, rotate and red-eye fix
  • Updated Safari browser - tabbed browsing (on iPad), private browsing mode, integrated Reader, Reading list and optimized performance
  • Dictionary lookup throughout the interface
  • Computer free operation - independent activation, OTA updates, iCloud backup and restore
  • Wi-Fi synchronization with iTunes with automatic operation
  • New features in the Mail app - Bold, Italic, Underline and Quote options, extended Search, mass Mark as Read/Unread and Flag setting, Add/Delete mailbox folders
  • Updated Calendar (new weekly view) and Game Center apps
  • Newsstand app combining all of your magazine subscriptions
  • iPod player now called Music, has a new icon
  • Separate Video player app for the iPhone
  • AppStore purchase history
  • New Storage management options (list and info of all installed apps)
  • Multi-tasking gestures for iPad
  • AirPlay mirroring for iPad
  • New accessibility options involving the LED flash, custom vibrations and Assistive Touch
Still missing:
  • No Flash support in the web browser
  • No quick toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G
  • No Facebook integration
  • No proper widgets for the lockscreen
  • App folders still are limited to 12 apps tops
  • No DivX/XviD video support out of the box (though there're lots of players in the App Store)
  • No haptics for the touchscreen
  • No Bluetooth file transfers to other phones (though there’s an app that solves that partially)
  • Contacts lack a swipe-to-delete or mass delete feature


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