iOS 5 for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad – Overview


As you all should know by now, iOS 5 was announced last week and, subsequently, the first beta version was released for developers. Well here at Tech-Reviews, we’re going to be taking a quick look at a few of iOS 5’s new features and what it has to offer.

The first feature that has been the most well received is the new Notifications Center. Accessible via a quick swipe down gesture on the status bar, the Notifications Center drops down to reveal an aesthetically pleasing UI to display your latest notifications as well as weather and stocks information (if you so choose). All of the notification options can be changed by opening “settings > notifications” and then changing the settings to what ever you feel looks best.

iCloud was the last announcement at the WWDC keynote and possibly the most suprising, in terms of it’s wide range of features and cost, absolutely FREE!  iCloud integrates itself into your applications to allow any iOS device to communicate with the cloud, sending and receiving data; this includes contacts, photos, apps you’ve downloaded as well as the cloud remembering your save data for games. And the best part is that it is all done wirelessly.If you’ve taken your iPhone on holiday and have captured loads of photos of your family and friends, as soon as you pick up your iPad or Mac (available when OSX Lion is released) you can view the photos you’ve taken by visiting the PhotoStream section of your photos / iPhoto application.As well as iCloud being free to all iOS 5 devices, you receive 5GB of online storage which stores your mail, documents, Camera Roll, account information, settings, and other app data which means that any of your purchased music, apps or books don’t count towards the 5GB limit.

It seems that social networking has been one of the main “selling points” of iOS 5 with it’s deep integration of Twitter. Within the Settings app, you have the ability to sign into your Twitter account which means that from apps such as the Photos app, Safari, Maps and others, you can tweet straight from your current open app by using the popup tweet box which appears.

If you want a take a closer look at a couple of other applications, then you can watch the video below and if you have any thoughts or comments about iOS 5 then you can leave a comment in the comments section below.