Only a few hours, or should i say minutes left till the launch of Apples new IOS. Thought i should write a review about it.
One new feature is the notifications system. The iPhone and its cousins the iPod touch and iPad have handled notifications poorly for a long time.
If a text message arrived while you were playing a game, for example, then it would interrupt everything and place a message in the middle of the screen. The game would not resume until you had dealt with the message. Alerts that arrived when your device was inactive caused a different problem: unlock the screen without thinking and the notifications would disappear, leaving you wondering which app required your attention.
iOS 5 sweeps all of that away with Notification Centre. Swipe down from the top of your screen and you’ll see all of the notifications that require your attention. Weather reports, stock prices, calendar entries and more can all be stored there. Android users will rightly point out that Apple’s implementation here is very similar to the way notifications work on Android.
However, as ever with Apple the important bits are the details, the ‘fit and finish’ of the feature, and it is these that make notifications a triumph. Whether it’s the ability to ‘unlock’ a notification itself and go straight to the relevant app (instead of unlocking the screen and then opening the app) or the way that notifications subtly roll in at the top of the screen while you’re doing something else, the implementation is excellent.
The slight texture to the background of Notification Centre and the way that incoming notifications slide the graphics of the app back into place are both pleasing touches. These are subjective things but they matter to Apple users and they help to make iOS devices such a joy to use.
iOS 5 organizes your magazine and newspaper app subscriptions in Newsstand: a folder that lets you access your favorite publications quickly and easily. There’s also a new place on the App Store just for newspaper and magazine subscriptions. And you can get to it straight from Newsstand.
iOS 5 brings even more web-browsing features to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Safari Reader displays web articles sans ads or clutter so you can read without distractions. Reading List lets you save interesting articles to peruse later, while iCloud keeps your list updated across all your devices. On iPad, tabbed browsing helps you keep track of multiple web pages and switch between them with ease. And iOS 5 improves Safari performance on all your iOS devices.
iOS 5 makes it even easier to tweet from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Sign in once in Settings, and suddenly you can tweet directly from Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube, or Maps.
One of the best features of IOS 5 is Siri. Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back.