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.