Today is the day when iOS 5 is set for general release. Why is this update such a big deal? What are some of the most notable differences between iOS 5 and previous versions? In this video, Nate (@NatesTechUpdate) takes us through all of the latest updates, step-by-step.
Personal Setup – iTunes is no longer required to activate and set up your device for the first time. Your device can also be restored from an iCloud backup or iTunes backup during the set up process.
Over The Air Updates – Download new software updates right on your device over wi-fi or 3g. These are delta updates meaning only download the changes.
iCloud Backups – Backup your device without the use of iTunes with iCloud. iCloud backups will automatically be made when ever your device is plugged in, the screen is locked, and connected to a wi-fi network. Manual backups can also be made under iCloud in settings.
Wi-Fi Sync – For those still interested in using iTunes, cut the cord and sync over wi-fi.
Notification Center – Apple has completely redesigned notifications in iOS 5 with the new banner alert style. Notification center can be accessed by swiping down from top of device. Notifications that have not been responded to will be made available here.
Camera/Photo Updates – Turn on/off grid, take photo with volume up button, lock auto focus and auto exposure, and camera button on lock screen. Edit photos by: rotating, auto-enhance, red eye
reduction, and crop.
Twitter – iOS 5 has Twitter built right in. Tweet web pages, videos, and photos.
iMessage – Communicate between Apple devices running iOS 5 with added benefits. Receive delivery confirmations and see when recipients are typing.
Safari Updates – Tabbed browsing, reader, reading list.
iPad Gestures – Apple has updated multi-touch gestures for the iPad, giving you more functionality.
iPad Keyboard Split – A split keyboard makes it easier to type with your thumbs or simply see your entire screen while typing.
Reminders – Quickly create reminders that can be set with date and location information.
Newsstand – Access to subscriptions with automatic downloads of new issues.
Post author: Daniel Semper