Apple’s latest mobile platform release, iOS 5, is apparently such major overhaul that The Telegraph’s Shane Richmond has claimed that users who install it today will feel like they have a new device.
Pretty sweeping statement, huh?
Apple’s newest operating system update to the iPhone, the iPad and the iPod Touch offers more than 200 new features, and is available to download now.
Considering that iOS 5 is free, it’s a no-brainer really and lucky owners of the above devices should download the system as soon as they can.
Here are the most prominent features… so you can decide whether it really will change your device dramatically.
This is being hailed as the biggest overhaul from their previous operating system. The notification system has been completely cleaned up, and is now a streamlined process to enhance your mobile, tablet or iPod experience. Gone are the days when you had to quit what you were doing and go to the relevant app to see your update. The Notification Centre allows you to scroll down from the top of your screen to see all of your notifications in one place. This is very similar to the way notifications work on Android. Yet, as expected, Apple offers us a sleeker process. I love how notifications roll over the top of the screen whilst you do something else, allowing a smoother, cleaner experience.
Sync content wirelessly
In this day and age, being able to sync content wirelessly is extremely helpful, and kind of expected. So finally, Apple will allow you to sync your device with your computer when it is plugged in to charge, providing it’s using the same wireless connection. The new iOS devices can be set up and managed without ever having to connect to a computer. If you plug your device into its charger, the Wi-FI sync will update all of your photos, music, documents etc automatically, which makes life easier doesn’t it? You will also be able to read incoming messages and alerts, whilst syncing is taking place.
Now this feature is my favourite, despite imitating Blackberry’s most popular feature – Blackberry Messenger. iOS 5 offers a free messaging system called iMessage. It is only available to iOS 5 users and is built into the current messaging app. iMessages are automatically shared between all of your iOS 5 devices, making it easy to sustain one conversation across your devices. Like BBM, delivery reports are built-in and you will be able to see when a recipient is typing a message. The best thing about iMessages is that images and video can be sent for free, which is great news for those who have a limited data plan.
Location reminders for to-do lists
Now, you can add locations to your to-do lists, with the iOS 5 Reminder app. So, you could set a job that needs doing when you get home, and the iOS will use GPS to figure out when you are at home and send you an alert. Lucky iPhone 4S owners can set reminders just by talking to Siri, Apple’s voice-activated assistant, and yes Siri will let you know when you need to do something by talking to you. Cool, huh?
Newspaper and magazines apps have always been popular, but if you have quite a few of them, it can be hard to keep up-to-date with them all. However, with Newsstand, you now have somewhere all of your apps reside, and you will receive an update when a new issue arrives. This would definitely help keep my iPad organised.
With Android offering complete Facebook integration, Apple has focused on integrating Twitter throughout its system. Now, you can tweet links and photos from anywhere on your device, and attach your current location. Your contacts will be synced, meaning those who have Twitter accounts will be attached to the correct connections.
This one is a great feature for iPhone users, as you can now edit all of the photos you take before you share them with other people. You can crop, get rid of red-eye and auto-enhance your photos, making your photos look better in a quick and simple way.
Some of you may have been disappointed by the iPhone 5 no-show, but I think Apple’s iOS 5 looks very promising.
My Blackberry is due for an upgrade, and I am very tempted to buy an iPhone 4S. I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving my Blackberry before, because of my treasured BBM, but with iMessage and the innovative Siri assistant, I think I may very well add to my collection of Apple devices.
What do you think of Apple’s latest operating system? Will you be tempted to buy an Apple device now they have modernised their offerings even further?