Fri. Oct 22nd, 2021

iOS 5: Complete Review

Here is an exhaustive and in-depth review of the iOS 5 and some of its features!

iOS 5 has got about 200 new features (Which Apple Claims), but in iOS 5 beta we couldn’t find 200. May be apple choose a round figure for its new release.

BOOT LOGO-When we start the Device loaded with iOS 5, we are welcomed with an animated Apple boot logo, which is something new officially from apple. We all have been using animated boot logos with our jailbroken devices from quite a long time.

OVER THE AIR SETUP– Now when you switch on your Device for the first time, you wont need to connect it to the pc. iOS 5 offers over the air setup, but you need to be connected over a wifi (if the network is password protected, you will be prompted to enter the password).

Newsstand- When you first enter this is the first thing that catches your attention because of its different layout.


This app will bring together magazine subscriptions in a central place. The concept is similar to iBooks, even down to an icon that looks like the periodicals shelf at your local library. As you subscribe to a publication through a new channel in the App Store, new issues will be delivered in the background, eliminating the need to manually grab them when they publish.

Photo Album– This feature is going to be loved by most of the people. Now iOS 5 allows you to create photoalbums from your device. We know that jailbroken users could do this with Photoalbum+ from cydia, but now its official. The only difference between the Cydia’s version and iOS’s version is that cydia’s version allowed you to create a password protected album, whereas this feature doesn’t seems to be present in the iOS version.

Safari: The mobile version of Apple’s Web browser will get the Reader option that was announced at the 2011 WWDC. As you’d expect, it will streamline multipage articles in an RSS-like view while stripping out ads (but leaving photos). You’ll also be able to e-mail the entire text of a Safari page to a contact (presently, you can send only a link). It now also allows private browsing which will allow you to surf the internet without your data or history being stored.

Game Center: Additions for gamers include profile photos, achievement point comparison, friends of friends, recommended friends and games, support for turn-based games, and a way to buy games directly from Game Center.


Mail: The mail App now supports draggable addresses, as well as the ability to flag messages and search them and dictionary lookup, by tapping on a word and selecting “Define”. It also supports rich text formatting, so now you can get your text to be bold or in italics.

Notification Center: This update drew a lot of applause from the audience. Instead of the current system of pop-up menus that interrupt your work, a new Notification Center will combine messages, missed calls, app updates, a stock ticker, and the current weather in a single place. You can access it by swiping your finger downward from the top of the screen  and notifications will appear on the lock screen as well. You then can jump directly to the related feature for each notification and delete items by tapping the small X next to each line.

iMessage: Apple takes a shot at BlackBerry with this instant messaging app that will work across all iOS 5 devices. As with BlackBerry Messanger (BBM), you’ll be able to exchange unlimited text messages, photos, and videos with your friends, family, and colleagues. Also, your messages won’t cost you anything and they won’t count against the monthly allotment of messages form your wireless carrier.

Twitter: Users now will be able to post photos to the social networking service without leaving the image gallery or camera application. It’s a nice change given that it will end the need to take a photo, switch to the iPhone Twitter app, and then post the photo. You’ll be able to add a location, sync Twitter with your contacts list, and tweet directly from YouTube, Safari, and Maps.

AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2: AirPlay now supports video mirroring. Which means you can wirelessly — and securely — stream whatever’s on your iPad 2 to your HDTV via Apple TV. Everyone in the room sees exactly what’s on your iPad display up there on the big screen — even when you rotate iPad from portrait to landscape or zoom in and out on photos.

Multitasking Gestures for iPad: iOS 5 includes a few new moves and shortcuts to help you get around even quicker on your iPad: Using four or five fingers, swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar, pinch to return to the Home screen, and swipe left or right to switch between apps.