As promised I am doing a full review of iOS 5. Since this is a beta not all of the features will be available.
Hopefully you saw the keynote because they talked about 10 of the 200 new features that are in iOS 5.
First let’s start off by talking about notifications. They completely designed the way the whole notification system works. It now does not interrupt you while you are doing your normal everyday tasks; facebook, twitter, email, and checking out the latest gossip.
It notifies you in the most non bothersome way. While you are playing a game or sending an email you it will come down from the top and lets you see who it is for about 5 seconds then disappears. If you happen to miss it then just swipe down from the top of the screen and it will show you the message, email, missed call, and reminder.
Photos: The new photos app lets you edit pictures straight from your phone right after you take it. For all you guys out there that use iPhoto, it lets you take it with a grid, do simple redeye enhancements and cropping and rotations. You can now also use your volume button as your shutter button! It is very responsive and works great!
2 New Apps: In iOS 5 there are two new apps that they added with to the operating system; Newsstand and reminders. Newsstand simply lets you manage any magazine subscription that you have and also lets you read them on the go. They will also download when new issues are available. Unfortunately Newsstand is not accessible in the beta. Reminders is the perfect to-do list. It lets you make lists for grocery shopping, or those “honey-do’s” that your significant other wants you to do around the house. It integrates fully with the iCal app on the phone so you can see when you have time to complete all of it.
iMessages: iMessages is a BBM (blackberry messenger) competitor. It lets you contact all of your friends via iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone. It words over WiFi and 3G so you can just keep talking all you want. I played with it a little bit and it is awesome. It makes it more entertaining to because iOS 5 now has built in Emoji’s! You have to enable them of course, and that’s in the settings. For the iPhone you can turn on iMessages on and off. It should be pre-installed on the iPad and iPod Touch.
I hope you have enjoyed the top features in iOS 5. Since this is the first beta it’s pretty limited on what is functional or not. I am hoping before it officially releases we will be able to take a look at how things like WiFi Sync works and full integration of iCloud. I hope you have enjoyed this! Take a look at the photos on the page!
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Until next time!