Unlocking hidden iOS 5 features, complicated to weird

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Having spent the first full day with iOS 5, we have to say that we are very impressed, yes there are a few issues but that is to be expected. With so many new features it’s hard to learn them all, but there are some clever people out there that have worked hard unlocking hidden iOS 5 features. Some are more complicated than others, while some are just plain weird.

Apple must think that we have a huge amount of time in the day to learn all these hidden gems, as they do not offer that much information – well maybe if we done some digging. However, PocketGamer has done the legwork for you, which will allow you to just have a play instead of figuring them all out yourself.

The biggest issue for us has been with iCloud, as all you get is 5GB of data for free, and it does not take that long to fill it, and it will be much worse once you have the iPhone 4S with its 8-megapixel camera and 1080P video recording. However, there is a way to make sure that you do not reach your limit before you have to. The steps are as follows: Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage, and choose the device you want to investigate. Once there you will notice that a number of apps are turned on for iCloud backup, most of which do not need to be.

Safari has seen a few upgrades, but the best feature is to do with your privacy, as you can hide your activity. This does come in handy if you have been looking for a gift for your partner, and do not want them to find out what you have ordered or been looking at. To do this you just have to follow these simple instructions: Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data and then delete any particular sites.

One of the weirdest features is one that we did not even know about, and has been developed for disabled users who find it hard to input usual gestures. The feature is called AssistiveTouch and allows you to use touch gestures to select the home screen, tilt or even lock the device. The settings for this are Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch and turn it on. These are just a few tips on the new features, but go to Pocketgamer for 7 more.

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