Upgrade to iOS 5 using Software Update to enjoy more than 200 new features

Yesterday i finally upgraded my iPhone 3GS to iOS 5 and below are the changes / updates / upgrades is what i saw. I thought it would be good option for anyone to go through the features below before upgrading 🙂

The products that are compatible with this upgrade are:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 2
  • iPad
  • iPod touch (4th generation)
  • iPod touch (3rd generation)

This update will give more than 200 new  features. Most of them are listed below:


  • Notification center gives you the flexibility to see all the notifications in one place. All you have to do is swipe from top of any screen to bottom.
  • New notifications will appear briefly at the top of the screen.
  • You can view notifications from lock screen as well.
  • Also sliding the notification app icon to the right on the lock screen will take you directly to the app.


  • After this upgrade you can send and receive unlimited text, photo and video messages with other iOS 5 users.
  • Message tracking with delivery receipts and read receipts
  • Group messages
  • Secure encryption
  • iMessage will work with both cellular network and Wi-Fi



  • Newsstand automatically organizes magazine and newspaper subscriptions on Home Screen
  • Newsstand displays the cover of the latest issue
  • Newsstand downloads new issues in background.



  • iOS 5 has reminders for managing to do lists
  • Reminders syncs with iCloud, iCal and Outlook
  • Only for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S reminders has location based reminders when you arrive or leave a location

[highlight]Twitter Built in Support[/highlight]

  • Once you sign in from settings, you can tweet directly from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari and YouTube
  • You can add location to your tweets.
  • You can also view twitter profile pictures and username in contacts.


[highlight]Camera Improvements[/highlight]

  • Volume up button can be used for taking the picture.
  • There is an option of gridlines to line up shots
  • Pinch to zoom in the preview screen
  • You can swipe to camera roll from preview screen.
  • You can double click on the home button when device is asleep to bring up a camera shortcut on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
  • Tap and hold to lock focus and exposure, iPad 2 and iPod touch (4th generation) only support exposure lock


[highlight]Photo Improvements[/highlight]

  • You can crop and rotate photo.
  • Red eye removal.
  • One tap enhance.
  • You can organize photo into albums


[highlight]Mail Improvements[/highlight]

  • You can format text using bold, italic and underline fonts
  • Now you have indentation control.
  • You can just drag to rearrange names in address fields.
  • You can flag messages.
  • You can mass mark messages as flagged, read or unread.
  • You can customize mail alert sounds
  • S/MIME support


  • Year view for iPad and new week view for iPhone and iPod touch.
  • You can tap to create an event.
  • You can view and add event attachments.

[highlight]Game Center Improvements[/highlight]

  • You can now use personal photos for you game center accounts
  • You can compare your overall achievements score with your friends
  • Find new Game Center friends with friend recommendations and friends of friends.
  • You can discover new games with custom game recommendations.

[highlight]AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 and iPhone 4GS[/highlight]

[highlight]Multitasking gestures for iPad[/highlight]

  • You use four or five fingers to pinch to home screen.
  • You can swipe to reveal the multitasking bar
  • You can swipe left or right to switch between applications

[highlight]Device setup, activation and configuration with Setup Assistant[/highlight]

[highlight]Software updates available over the  air without tethering[/highlight]

[highlight]iCloud Support[/highlight]

  • iTunes in the Cloud
  • Photo Stream
  • Documents in the Cloud
  • Apps and Books automatic download and purchase history
  • Backup
  • Contacts, Calendar and Mail
  • Find My iPhone

[highlight]Redesigned Music App for iPad[/highlight]

[highlight]Hourly Weather Forecast[/highlight]

[highlight]Real-Time Stock Quotes[/highlight]

[highlight]Wireless sync to iTunes[/highlight]



[highlight]Keyboard improvements[/highlight]

  • Split keyboard for iPad
  • Keyboard now has improved auto-correction accuracy
  • Keyboard is improved for Chinese and Japanese input
  • New Emoji keyboard introduced
  • Personal directory for auto-correction
  • You can now optionally create keyboard shortcuts for frequently used words.

[highlight]Accessibility improvements[/highlight]

  • Option to light LED flash on incoming calls and alerts  for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4
  • Custom vibration Patterns for incoming calls on iPhone
  • New interface for using iOS with mobility-impairment input devices
  • Option to spask a selection of text
  • Custom element labeling for VoiceOver.

[highlight]Exchange ActiveSync improvenments[/highlight]

  • You can now Wirelessly sync tasks.
  • iOS now has improved offline support
  • You can also save new contact from a GAL Service.

[highlight]More than 1,500 new developer APIs[/highlight]

[highlight]And of course bug fixes[/highlight]

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