Apple claims that iOS 5 has over 200 new features, but not all of those features are apparent or easy to use, in fact many of them are somewhat hidden. We’ve put together a list of 5 of our favorite hidden features of iOS 5.
iOS 5 News
Following Apple’s release of iOS 5 and iCloud last week, it appears that Apple is currently preparing to launch its $25 per year iTunes Match service. Apple announced that the service would become available at the end of October at their “Let’s Talk iPhone” event on October 4th.
Apple’s new Newsstand feature, one of the major new features in iOS 5 that keeps track of your magazine, newspaper and other subscription content, is making some serious waves – and serious money for content providers.
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has revealed that Twitter signups via iOS devices have tripled since iOS 5 was launched last Wednesday, reports Mashable, specifically stating that iOS 5 devices were the driving force behind the new growth.
While you can debate the merits of iOS 5 and whether the initial release was really ready for the public, it’s hard to argue with results. Analytics firm Localytics reports that at least 1 out of every 3 eligible devices are already up and running on the new firmware.
According to Apple’s official iOS 5 page, messages sent or received through iMessage should automatically sync between your devices. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always work right out of the box. Fortunately, Macgasm shares a simple way to make it work.
Google has temporarily pulled their Google Voice app from the iTunes App Store due to a major bug with iOS 5. Some users have reported a flaw in which the app crashes every time they attempt to sign in, and Google has temporarily pulled down the app in order to fix the problem.
Following yesterday’s iOS 5 release, Apple has now posted a full set of iOS 5 user guides for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Apple’s user guides are always very well done, and provide instructions for how to set up and use your device, and make the most of the new iOS 5 firmware.
As you probably know, Apple released iOS 5 yesterday for current owners of iOS devices to install and play with. As anyone is likely aware who tried to install the update, Apple’s servers had a hard time keeping up with it all.
The folks at Readdle have just updated PDF Expert for iPad, their popular (and surprisingly good) PDF creation, editing, and signing app for the iPad. The app now includes support for custom text & image stamps, as well as integration into the iOS 5 dictionary.
Apple has just launched a new store within iTunes called the Tone Store. The new store is specifically for alert tones, text message tones & ringtones, and includes tons of sounds or dialog clips from movies such as Star Wars and Jaws.
Continuing their impressive spree of updates today, Apple has also updated their Remote app for iPhone, iPod touch & iPad with full iOS 5 compatibility and, of course, “stability and performance improvements.”
Apple has just released an updated version of Xcode to support today’s iOS 5 and OS X 10.7.2 releases. Xcode 4.2 is available now through the Mac App Store, as well as through Apple’s developer portal.
It appears that a number of users trying to update their devices to iOS 5 are encountering an “error 3002” during the update process that prevents them from upgrading. Fortunately, OS X Daily has found a solution, and I hope it will work for any of you experiencing this problem.
Alongside Apple’s release of iOS 5 earlier today, Apple also released version 4.4 of it’s Apple TV firmware, bringing support for NHL games, movie trailers, Photo Stream, AirPlay mirroring, and more.
Although Apple released iOD 5 less than two hours ago, the software can already be jailbroken using either redsn0w 0.9.9b4 or sn0wbreeze v2.8 beta 8. Jailbreak hacker iH8sn0w revealed the news earlier today through his Twitter account.