iOS 5

Yesterday Apple released iOS 5, the latest version of the operating system that runs on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. There are many new features in iOS 5. Below are some of the new features:

Notifications
– Notifications for new mail messages, tweets, etc can appear on the “lock” screen.

Data Synchronization
– The data (music, video, photos, apps) can be synchronized across all your devices using iCloud or Wifi.
– For example, you can download an app on your iPad and it will automatically be downloaded to your iPhone.
– A benefit of iCloud is that future iOS upgrades shouldn’t be as painful because you will not need to connect the device to a PC or Mac.
– I will be writing an article about iCloud and how to enable it later.

iMessage
– Send messages to other iOS 5 users.
– Similar to SMS text messaging, but uses Apple’s network instead of your phone carrier’s network.

Twitter Integration
– Twitter is now included with iOS 5.
– May be beneficial if you use Twitter a lot.

Camera
– The camera is now accessible from the “lock” screen. You no longer need to “unlock” and then press “camera”. May be useful if you need to quickly take a photo.
– The volume button can be used to take a photo.

Safari Web Browser
– The tabs look the same as the tabs in Safari on the Mac.

Reminders
– Based on your location, it can pop-up a reminder of what you need to do. For example, if you leave school, it can remind you to buy milk.
– This could be a really cool feature on the iPhone 4S with the Siri speech technology.

Security Updates
– Security Certificates from the hacked certificate authority DigiNotar, have been removed.

I recommend upgrading to iOS 5. There are a number of changes that should make using the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad a more enjoyable experience.

I have posted some instructions on how to upgrade to iOS 5 here.

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