Im­prove­ments to Sa­fari

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Browser changes

iOS 5 also brings ma­jor speed im­prove­ments to the built-in Sa­fari browser on sup­ported de­vices, along with tabbed brows­ing. Yes, in­stead of the old thumb­nail style, Sa­fari on iOS 5 now opens up var­i­ous web­pages in in­di­vid­ual tabs.

You can open up to nine tabs at a time and can tap to quickly switch be­tween them with­out the long load­ing times of the pre­vi­ous browser.

Some sup­ported web­pages will also have a “Reader” icon, which when tapped, will re­for­mat your pages and take away all the ads and var­i­ous dis­trac­tions so that you can read it much like a mag­a­zine.

You can also add pages to a “Read­ing List” which saves the link and syncs it across all your de­vices so that you can read it later on an­other de­vice.

How­ever, un­like our ini­tial im­pres­sion, adding a page into Read­ing List does not save the page for off­line read­ing — it only saves the link and you will still need a Net con­nec­tion to read the page.

Read­ing List does how­ever re­mem­ber where you stopped on the page so you can con­tinue where you left off when you start read­ing on an­other de­vice.

Faster cam­era launch­ing

You can now launch the cam­era app faster right from the lock screen by dou­ble-click­ing on the Home but­ton when your iPhone is in sleep mode.

Ap­ple now also al­lows you to snap a photo by press­ing the vol­ume up but­ton on the iPhone, which is cer­tainly more con­ve­nient than tap­ping the screen most of the time.

Photo stream

Photo stream is an­other one of Ap­ple’s new iCloud-en­abled fea­tures, and ap­pears as an­other folder in your Pho­tos app. The idea is sim­ple — take a photo on one de­vice and have it ap­pear on all iOS de­vices us­ing the same iCloud ac­count.

In prac­tice it works re­ally well, but there is one catch — pic­tures that ap­pear in the Photo Stream on all your de­vices can­not be deleted.

For some weird rea­son Ap­ple does not al­low you to delete any pho­tos from the Photo Stream, which isn’t great if you have an embarrassing photo that you don’t want any­one else to see.

By de­fault, pic­tures will be au­to­mat­i­cally deleted from Photo Stream af­ter 30 days, but there is a way to clear out the cache im­me­di­ately by log­ging in to with your user­name and pass­word and then choose “Re­set the Photo Stream” from the set­tings page.

How­ever, even at, there is no way to delete in­di­vid­ual pho­tos.

iTunes WiFi Sync

One of the new fea­tures that iOS 5 brings is the abil­ity to sync your de­vice with iTunes wire­lessly over your lo­cal WiFi net­work.

iTunes WiFi sync needs to be en­abled by first con­nect­ing the de­vice to iTunes via the sync cable and then choos­ing “Sync with this iPhone/iPad/iPod touch over WiFi,” af­ter which the de­vice’s icon will ap­pear per­ma­nently in iTunes.

WiFi sync works au­to­mat­i­cally when­ever you con­nect your de­vice is in sleep mode and con­nected to power or if you man­u­ally ini­ti­ate it from ei­ther the de­vice or iTunes.

Up­dated apps

Along with iOS 5, Ap­ple has also up­dated a num­ber of apps, in­clud­ing Pages, Key­note and Numbers to sup­port iCloud.

Now when­ever you cre­ate a doc­u­ment on any of these apps, a copy is also up­loaded to iCloud.

Apart from pure iCloud sup­port, Ap­ple has also just up­dated iMovie on the iPad and iPhone to not only sup­port 1080p video from the iPhone 4S, but also from a va­ri­ety of other cam­eras as well. For ex­am­ple, we suc­cess­fully im­ported h.264 for­mat 1080p 30-frames-per­sec­ond video from a Nikon D7000 into iMovie on the iPad 2 and it was playable and ed­itable in iMovie.

We have no doubt that video cap­tured on other brand DSLRs will also work if its in the same for­mat and bit rate, although we didn’t have the op­por­tu­nity to of­fi­cially test this yet.

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