iOS 5 is out now! Complete Feature List

 



iOS 5 Software Update

This update 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

Products compatible with this software update:
	•	iPhone 4S
	•	iPhone 4
	•	iPhone 3GS
	•	iPad 2
	•	iPad
	•	iPod touch (4th generation)
	•	iPod touch (3rd generation)

* Messages will be sent as SMS when iMessage is unavailable.

 

 

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