iOS 5

The ball is back into Google's court as far as iOS vs Android wars are concerned.
Here are a few features that I wanted in iOS and are now available for use in iOS 5.

But let me start with one of the most eager features I thought the iPad or iPhone should have in my previous post 3 months ago which is now a reality.

Standalone Device: The iOS device can now be used as a standalone device. You can upgrade, download apps and backup (using iCloud) without requiring a PC or a MAC. Further you can optionally still back up with you computer over WiFi. This eliminates the need of connector.

iCloud: Cloud based synchronization to keep all your devices updated, with mail, contacts, photos, apps, messages and books (along with book marks) and last but not the least music. But more about this in another post

iMessage: The Apple Messages app simplified text messaging and grouped them as conversations similar to their iChat application on OSX. iMessage is now integrated into the Messages. This is Apple's answer to RIM's BBM. You can now text, send photos and videos. In addition to this you have group messaging and delivery receipts with optional read receipts. With over 200 million IOS devices one could argue that this is a blow to traditional SMS and MMS offerings. However SMS and apps like WhatsApp would still be good mediums for cross-devices messaging.

Reminders: Apple calls it a "better way to do to-dos" and I agree! Not only can you organize your tasks with due dates but you can now make them location based. So you could create tasks that you need to address as soon as you reach your work place and tasks that you need to do at the nearby grocery store. And an alert appears as soon as you reach your destination.

Notifications:  No more annoying popups. iOS5 comes with a Notification center which consolidates all notifications

Some other features include Multitasking gestures, Photo editing, airplay mirroring and much more. You can go to the Apple site to read more


  1. Is the OS going to add bytes, or is it optimal? Will it run well on my iPad 1?

  2. I believe it should, but time will tell. If you want to be sure, dont upgrade immediately, wait for feedback and then upgrade