Our take on IOS 5
coded in blue and will have a blue “Send” button.
If you’re sending a text message to anyone without iOS 5 or who is not using an iOS device, the app will default to SMS, and will be colourcoded in green, so you always know when you are being charged by the carrier or when you are using your data plan.
Yes, iPad and iPod touch users who have iOS 5 installed will also get some iMessage love — a new Messages app appears on these devices, and allows users to send an iMessage to any iOS 5 user, including iPhone users, of course.
Android users will find Apple’s Notification Center in iOS 5 VERY familiar — it’s basically almost an exact copy of the implementation in Android devices.
Notification Center attempts to solve the clunky single pop-up notifications from older versions of iOS and is the new repository for all your incoming SMS, e-mail and other notifications.
Now, instead of an annoying pop-up in the middle of the screen when you get a new text message or Facebook notification, you get a less obtrusive banner on the top edge of the screen — ignore it and it will just disappear from there after a few seconds.
If you want to read all your notifications, just swipe downwards from the top edge of the screen down to open the Notifications Center.
The Notifications Center also has a couple of widgets running — a weather widget and a Stocks ticker will be running by default.
Some users may find this annoying, but luckily you can remove these widgets by going into Settings/Notifications to turn them off.
In the Settings page you can also customise every app you have that has notifications, choosing for example, whether to receive notifications, and if so, whether it will appear as a pop-up or as a banner.
Probably the biggest new feature of iOS 5 has to be the iCloud, which brings online sync and backup to every iOS device.
iCloud is actually a collection of several different cloud services — at its most basic, it can backup your contacts list, calendar events, reminders, browser bookmarks and notes online and keep it in sync across all your devices.
Apple also offers 5GB of storage online for “Storage and Backup” which allows you to back up data from all other apps, including thirdparty apps — such as the Camera Roll, game saves and other similar types of data.
iCloud doesn’t actually back up an app — it saves the unique data for that app and in a restore situation, it will download this data, then re-download the whole app from App Store again for you, which