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200 New Features of iOS5

You probably heard enough about the iOS 5 and what the new features are, but according to Apple and the beta testers, there are in fact close to 200 new features.  I came across a lot of good listings of the new features but nothing beats the listing on iPhonedownloadblog.  Their list is the most comprehensive (and constantly updating) list of the iOS 5 features and for some of the features, they have a more in-depth look, just click on to the hyperlinks to see more.  Be sure to check it out ahead of the release.

Notifications (full details)

Twitter Integration (full details)

  • Single sign on
  • Install Twitter from Settings app
  • Tweet a location in Maps
  • Tweet a picture from the camera roll
  • Tweet a link from Safari
  • Tweet a video from YouTube
  • Apply your friends’ Twitter usernames and pictures to contact
  • Special keyboard when using the Twitter integration

PC Free and iCloud

  • New welcome screen when you first turn on your device
  • Activate device without a computer
  • Update device OTA
  • Backup settings
  • Backup photos
  • Backup purchased music, apps, and books
  • Backup app data
  • Backup homescreen and app organization
  • Backup Text Messages and MMS
  • Backup ringtones
  • Restore from iCloud
  • Automatic downloads
  • Past purchases
  • Sync bookmarks, highlights, etc in iBooks across devices
  • Sync documents (ie Pages, Keynote, etc) across devices and machines
  • Check app usage
  • Option to buy more storage


  • iMessage
  • Set specific SMS ringtones to contacts
  • Text Messages show a green bubble
  • iMessages show a blue bubble
  • Send pictures and videos with iMessage
  • See when people are typing an iMessage
  • Enable Read Receipts for iMessage in Settings
  • Repeat alerts up to 10 times
  • Use Apple ID to activate Facetime and iMessages on iPhone

Camera and Photos


  • Reader
  • Reading List
  • Tab browsing (iPad only)
  • Private browsing
  • Option to open links in the background
  • Remove website data
  • URL bar fades out to the right


  • Drag to rearrange recipients
  • Text formatting (bold, italic, underlined, indent)
  • Flag emails
  • Mark several emails as read at the same time
  • Add and delete mailbox folders
  • Search full message
  • Warning if you forget to add a subject
  • Easy Hotmail set up
  • Select tone for Email Sent in Settings app
  • Select tone for Email Received in Settings app


  • Local weather
  • Weather hour by hour
  • Swipe the weather widget in Notification Center to see 5 day forecast

Phone & Contacts


  • Year view on iPad in landscape mode
  • Week view on iPhone in landscape mode
  • Tap to create a new event
  • Tap and drag to adjust time and duration of an event
  • Add, rename, and delete calendars from the device
  • View event attachments
  • In day view, swipe left or right to go to next or previous day
  • In month view, tap and hold a day to add a new event
  • Select tone for calendar alerts in Settings app

Game Center

  • Add a profile picture
  • Make your profile private or public
  • Friends recommendations
  • New games suggestions
  • New games downloads
  • New achievements scores

Music App


New Apple Apps


Multitasking Gestures (iPad Only)

  • Swipe up with 4 fingers to show the app switcher
  • Pinch to return to home screen
  • Swipe left and right to switch between apps

AirPlay Mirroring

  • Mirror your iPad 2 or iPhone 4 screen on your TV via Apple TV

User Interface

  • New rounded toggles
  • Widgets (Stocks and Weather)
  • New Videos app and icon

Other Features

Source – iPhonedownloadblog

June 14, 2011 - Posted by | Apple, Applications, iOS 5, iPad, iPad2, iPhone | ,

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