13 OCT

iOS 5 Review Roundup

by Marianne Schultz
 

Apple released iOS 5 yesterday and while Apple states that there are over 200 new features compared to iOS 4, you may still be wondering what you’ll get and how it will perform if you upgrade. Fortunately, several technology sites have been poking around iOS 5 in order to discover its ins and outs and here’s a roundup of some of the more comprehensive reviews to help you understand what’s changed.

  • Ars Technica took an in-depth look at iOS, focusing in particular on three areas: notifications, iMessage, and iCloud in their review. This is a very long review so get comfortable before you settle down to read it.
  • Macworld also has an extensive review of iOS 5, granting it 4 out of 5 Mice in its long-established rating system. Macworld praises the PC-free nature of iOS 5 with its wireless synchronization and the improved notification system but laments the lack of Siri Assistant on older devices.
  • Engadget’s iOS 5 review is a bit less lengthy but covers all of the major changes in iOS 5.
  • Siri Assistant is a feature of iOS 5 but only on the iPhone 4S, which will be released in the U.S. and a handful of other countries tomorrow. This Is My Next (soon to be The Verge) reviewed the iPhone 4S and took a close look at Siri and iOS 5 at the same time. They also found that Siri can give some strange responses if you get creative with your requests.
  • If you’ve got the basics of iOS 5 down and want some quick tips on lesser-known features, tricks, and shortcuts, check out this useful list at MacStories.

I was finally able to update my iPad 2 to iOS 5 last night after encountering several problems along the way, much like many who were trying to update yesterday as well. So far, I really like the new notifications center since I was sick and tired of notifications popping up and interrupting me frequently, particularly while playing games. I’ll be getting an iPhone 4S tomorrow (fingers crossed that UPS gets to me early in the day without any trouble) and that will be my first chance to see Siri Assistant in action in person.

Apps updated for iOS 5 have been hitting the App Store in droves in the past few days. If you’re anxious to try out some iOS 5-only apps, Apple’s Cards, Find My Friends, and Airport Utility debuted yesterday.

  • Lifestyle

    Cards

    Last Changed:
    16 months ago
    Rating:
    3.50 (124)
    Version:
    2.0.3
    iOS Universal

    The Cards app from Apple lets you create and mail beautifully crafted, real greeting cards personalized with your own text and photos — right from your iPhone or iPod touch, and now from your iPad...

  • Social Networking

    Find My Friends

    Last Changed:
    11 months ago
    Rating:
    3.00 (1105)
    Version:
    3.0
    iOS Universal

    Find My Friends allows you to easily locate friends and family using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Just install this free app and sign in with the Apple ID you use with iCloud. Adding a friend is...

  • Utilities

    AirPort Utility

    Last Changed:
    11 months ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (209)
    Version:
    1.3.3
    iOS Universal

    Use AirPort Utility to manage your Wi-Fi network and AirPort base stations, including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule — right from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. See a...

5 Comments

  1. Gabriel

    So far the updates are all great my only complaint is the Newsstand app. I dont use it so I would like to hide it by putting in a folder with other apps like Stocks and Voice Memos. But I cant now its just sitting there taking up space.

  2. Harvey

    Newsstand is a folder, so it can’t be put into a folder.

  3. Miege

    A subtle addition to iOS is the increase of Open In app limit (eg opening a PDF from an app into other apps) Before it is 10 or 12 but I managed to test until 17 apps–which is more than enough.

  4. Marianne Schultz

    @Gabriel and Harvey,

    Actually, there is a trick that will let you put Newsstand in a folder. Check out this article over at MacRumors: http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/13/how-to-put-newsstand-in-a-folder/

  5. Rj

    There is a glitch where u can put the news stand in a folder. When you create a new folder by combining two apps, add the news stand realy quickly before the folder is created. Although when doing this you cannot use the news stand anymore. Your phone’ll crash and restart. I don’ t mind vecuase i’m not planning of using the news stand app.

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