Our take on IOS 5

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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.

No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter

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

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