Apple has announced iOS 5, the next big operating system for iDevices, a while ago. The company had announced that iOS 5 will be available for download from 12 October. iOS 5 is supposed to have more than 200 new features which will make your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch even better. Some of the changes are significant, even if they do riff on signature features of other platforms (cough Android!). Here is a list of seven new things Apple has brought to your device with iOS 5.
1. Use volume button to capture photos
The camera app in iOS 5 has received a lot of improvements and new features. It is accessible right from the start screen. You can use grid lines, pinch-to-zoom gestures, and single-tap focus and exposure locks to compose a picture on the fly. You don’t even have to unlock the phone to access the camera, just touch the camera icon next on the slider in the lock screen and you immediately get to camera. You no longer have to touch the screen to capture the photo which is a little awkward and does not guarantee best results, just push the volume up button to capture the picture.
2. Edit images right on your phone
Photos taken on phone sometime don’t look that good and it needs to be edited before it can be shared with friends and family on social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, etc. The photos app now lets you crop, rotate, enhance and remove red-eye from your pictures and make them sharable. Even organize your photos in albums—right on your device. With iCloud, you can push new photos to all your iOS devices. So if you’re taking photos on your iPhone, iCloud automatically sends copies to your iPad, where you can quickly touch them up before you share them with friends and family.
3. Tweet from anywhere in the OS
iOS 5 has tweet integrated deep into the operating system which means once you sign in at the settings you can tweet directly from Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube, Maps and many other apps that you install in your device. You can reply to your friends, attach pictures and even add location to your tweet.
4. Attach pictures, videos and music files to your messages
This is a really cool feature in iOS 5. With iMessage you can send unlimited text messages via Wi-Fi and 3G to other iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) you can add text, photo, video, location or even contacts to your messages. It supports group messaging and lets you track messages via delivery receipts and optional read receipts.
5. Wirelessly sync your device with iTunes
Now you no longer have to connect your device to your computer to synchronize them. Once you enable the option of wireless syncing, whenever your device is in the wireless range, it will automatically sync all the data. Easy and simple.
6. Read website and blogs without clutter
In iOS 5, Safari has received Safari Reader and Reading List. Safari Reader takes out the ads and other clutter and reformats the page you are reading to look better on your iPad or iPhone screen. The Reading List feature saves your pages for offline reading.
7. Set up and update your device without connecting it to PC
You no longer have to connect your device to iTunes to activate it. Activation and set up is now done right on the device wirelessly. You will also receive software updates right on your device. You can do more stuff with your apps like creating new email folders or editing the photos that you have just taken. You can also select to backup all the data in your device automatically to iCloud so that all your data is available in the cloud and in all your devices.
Besides these seven cool new features some other important updates in iOS 5 are - Dictionary integration into OS – first there was dictionary only in iBooks app. Now all your apps have dictionary built in at operating system level. So now you don’t have to start another app to look up word definitions. You can set up location aware reminders; iOS 5 has received a new feature called reminders. It is good for reminding you about appointments and stuff but what makes reminders even better is that they are location aware. They pop up when you are in the location where some things needs to be done. You can receive and reply to alerts from lock screen; it is now easier to check all the alerts right from the lock screen. You also get option to slide to reply or view the alert and respond to it.
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