It was only a matter of time before we saw our first iOS 5 review, but even though it is extensive it barely scratches the surface. The software will not be available until the Fall, which we believe will be round about the time when Apple launch the iPhone 5. The only people who can get their hands on the new iOS for now are developers — expect Daniel’s review soon.
The current download is 700MB, and this is because there are more than 200 new features — double what Apple normally brings to the table. There are a number of key features that stand out, with Notification Center, Twitter, OTA updates and iCloud integration to name but a few. Engadget makes a point on saying that most of the new features are those that we have been waiting on for some time, so we can be happy that they are on the way.
However, we do worry that some of these new features have a striking resemblance to Android, BlackBerry and webOS, which we will discuss in another article. The first thing that you will need to remember when you first boot your iOS after the update is to select your Wi-Fi network. The reason for this is due to the fact that your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad will all be dependent on iCloud features.
So we know that Notification Center is one of the main features, but it is not without its issues. One such problem seems to be with disappearing emails if they are not read, which should be rectified once it enters public download.
Apple made a big deal about Newsstand yesterday during its WWDC keynote, but this is not something that most of you and I will ever use. However, that is a different story with Twitter. Being able to Tweet in native apps has been something that social media users have been waiting on for some time on iOS device — finally nice to see it happen. The camera software has also seen an upgrade, now making it much easier and faster to take a photo. We know that there are a number of new camera features but being able to use the volume button to take a photo has to be the best news — we all know how hard it is to take a photo with your iPhone in landscape.
The overall performance of iOS 5 seems to be much improved, but Engadget knows that there is still a lot of work to be done, which we can see by watching this walkthrough video.