The iOS5 for the iPhone and iPads has finally arrived with over 200 new features in Apple's biggest update. Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey take a look at the OS and what it offers, like the notification center, iCloud syncing and more!
What You Need To Know
The iOS5 comes with over 200 new features, making it Apple's biggest update since iOS4 came out back in June 2010.
This update is a big improvement over the last one.
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The new iOS doesn't look that different but there are subtle visual cues like rounded switches and changes to the shadowing.
We can't review all 200 changes but one of the most talked about updates is the way notifications are sent out.
Updates are not handled by what Apple has called the Notification Center.
Notifications are shown in the small animation at the very top of the screen while the task you are working on stays right up front.
You can also ignore the notifications, which end up in the Notification Center.
There's even a weather widget that works with location services so you can check the weather of where you actually are.
Just swipe the top of the screen in any app and you will be brought there.
The iCloud syncing means you don't have to plug your device into your computer.
Once you turn this feature on, your devices will push to the Cloud.
You get 5 GB of storage for free and you can change what gets pushed up to the allocated space.
Every picture you take and document you save can be pushed to the cloud so you'll never have to worry again about losing your stuff.
For the iPad, the new feature that stands out the most is the web browsing.
Safari now comes with Reader and Reading List, which actually gives you a clean look at online articles, which changes the format for a more pleasant look.
There's also the ability to split the keyboard on the bottom to give you more separation and make typing easier.
The camera updates includes access to the app directly from the lock screen, which allows the camera to be up and running faster than ever.
There's also tactile feedback of the volume button that can serve as the camera button.
You can lay a grid over the viewfinder to remind you of the Rule of Three's.
There are also options to remove red-eye, auto-enhance the photo, tilt and crop and more.
This update is worth the download so get it now!
It does all those things you always knew it should have and since it's a free download, you really have nothing to lose.