Wednesday, October 12, 2011

iOS 5 is out!

As I mentioned yesterday, today Apple released their new version of their phone operating system called iOS. This is version 5 of the OS. If you have an iPhone 3GS,iPhone 4,Ipod Touch 3rd or 4th generation or either iPad, I'd hurry up and install this update.

Notice, I did not mention the iPhone 3G because it is NOT going to support iOS 5. So if you are still carrying an old iPhone 3G for some reason, you really should go get yourself a new phone!

So what can you expect? Well, visually don't really expect anything. You still have your homescreens full of apps and folders. Things may look a little bit more polished but there really isn't any noticeable changes as far as how it looks.

The changes that you will find come when you update your iTunes to 10.5 and your iOS to 5. This is where a lot of the iCloud changes come in. Finally iOS users get to enjoy a lot of the same things Android users have been enjoying for quite a while now.

I already talked about the iCloud a bit yesterday and how you'll be able to redownload things you've already bought, but one thing I know I forgot to mention yesterday was the ability to sync up tasks with outlook. This I know is a big thing for a lot of people who sync their iphones to their works enterprise service.

If you have a mac with iPhoto you'll be able to take pictures with your phone and have it automatically send the pictures to your icloud and then the icloud will send it to your iPhoto.

There is also iMessage, which allows you to message people kind of like Text messages. Very much what Google Plus does and I believe this is what Black Berry messenger is as well. I like the fact that it works on my iPod Touch, but at the same time, I feel it's a little late. This feature would have been really cool a few years back, now it just seems old, I've already got plenty of programs that allow me to text people from my ipod Touch.

Finally the biggest change has to be the Notifications menu. You can now swipe from the top to bring down a screen with all your notifications. So they will no longer bother you when you are doing something. I was a little disapointed with this because I noticed that not ALL notifications use this method, I still had a lot of system notifications use the same old pop up. But I guess that makes sense, I just hoped I'd never have to see that darn blue bubble ever again.

As a Tech Geek, I'm glad to see all these things come to iOS 5. I still would love to see iOS do a lot more. I'd love to see widgets, even if limited to one or two. I'd love to see more integration with other programs where you can easily click on a picture and share with a bunch of other services. I'd love to see the ability to do file management in the phone. I'd love to see more options as far as app stores, yes I want a free iOS app of the day! lol I'm certainly glad that they've eliminated the NEED of iTunes now.

Overall, good update. Should it be a lot more? I think so, but hey better than nothing.


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