Features and Upgrades Included in the Apple iOS 5 Software Update for iPhone, iPod and iPad
Apple's latest system software update for our iPhones, iPads and even iPods contains over 200 new features, including the following:
• Notifications ◦ Swipe from the top of any screen to view notifications in one place with Notification Center ◦ New notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen ◦ View notifications from lock screen ◦ Slide the notification app icon to the right on the lock screen to go directly to the app • iMessage ◦ Send and receive unlimited text, photo, and video messages with other iOS 5 users ◦ Track messages with delivery and read receipts ◦ Group messaging and secure encryption ◦ Works over cellular network and Wi-Fi* • Newsstand ◦ Automatically organizes magazine and newspaper subscriptions on Home Screen ◦ Displays the cover of the latest issue ◦ Background downloads of new issues • Reminders for managing to do lists ◦ Syncs with iCloud, iCal and Outlook ◦ Location-based reminders when you leave or arrive at a location for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 • Built-in support for Twitter ◦ Sign-in once in Settings and tweet directly from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari and YouTube ◦ Add location to any tweet ◦ View twitter profile pictures and usernames in Contacts • Camera improvements for devices with cameras ◦ Double click the home button when device is asleep to bring up a camera shortcut on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation) ◦ Volume Up button to take a picture ◦ Optional grid lines to line up shots ◦ Pinch to zoom in the preview screen ◦ Swipe to camera roll from preview screen ◦ Tap and hold to lock focus and exposure, iPad 2 and iPod touch (4th generation) only support exposure lock • Photo improvements for devices with cameras ◦ Crop and rotate ◦ Red eye removal ◦ One tap enhance ◦ Organize photos into albums • Mail improvements ◦ Format text using bold, italic, or underlined fonts ◦ Indentation control ◦ Drag to rearrange names in address fields ◦ Flag messages ◦ Mass mark messages as flagged, read or unread ◦ Customize mail alert sounds ◦ S/MIME • Calendar improvements ◦ Year view on iPad and new Week view for iPhone and iPod touch ◦ Tap to create an event ◦ View and add event attachments • Game Center improvements ◦ Use personal photos for your Game Center account ◦ Compare your overall achievement scores with your friends ◦ Find new Game Center friends with friend recommendations and friends of friends ◦ Discover new games with custom game recommendations • AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S • Multitasking Gestures for iPad ◦ Use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen ◦ Swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar ◦ Swipe left or right to switch between apps • On-device setup, activation and configuration with Setup Assistant • Software updates available over the air without tethering • iCloud support ◦ iTunes in the Cloud ◦ Photo Stream ◦ Documents in the Cloud ◦ Apps and Books automatic download and purchase history ◦ Backup ◦ Contacts, Calendar, and Mail ◦ Find My iPhone • Redesigned Music app for iPad • Hourly weather forecast • Real-time stock quotes • Wireless sync to iTunes • Keyboard improvements ◦ Split keyboard for iPad ◦ Improved autocorrection accuracy ◦ Improved Chinese and Japanese input ◦ New Emoji keyboard ◦ Personal dictionary for autocorrection ◦ Optionally create keyboard short cuts for frequently used words • Accessibility improvements ◦ Option to light LED flash on incoming calls and alerts for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 ◦ Custom vibration patterns for incoming calls on iPhone ◦ New interface for using iOS with mobility-impairment input devices ◦ Option to speak a selection of text ◦ Custom element labeling for VoiceOver • Exchange ActiveSync improvements ◦ Wirelessly sync tasks ◦ Mark messages as flagged, read or unread ◦ Improved offline support ◦ Save a new contact from a GAL service • More than 1,500 new developer APIs • Bug fixes
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