iOS5 Feature List

August 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

iOS 5 will support the iPhone 3GS and 4, the third- and fourth-generation iPod touch, and all iPads. I’m listing features that are listed in WWDC coverage.

  • Notification appear in smaller animated bar that slides down from the top screen
  • New Notification Center that combine all notifications
  • Lock screen displays notifications that goes directly to the app
  • Software updates over the air
  • New iMessage app sending text, photo, video, contact, group messaging with iOS devices
  • Delivery receipt, read receipts and iChat-like indication on Messaging
  • Safari Reader view only content of articles
  • Safari Reading List save for later reading
  • Tabbed browsing is available to iPad
  • New Newsstand app for periodicals
  • Newsstand support background download overnight
  • Single-sign-on for Twitter
  • Twitter support on Photo, Safari, YouTube, Map app
  • Automatic update Twitter usernames for contact in Address book
  • New Task/list app
  • Task alert is date-based or location-based
  • Double-tap Home button to launch camera
  • Music playback control to launch camera
  • Volumn up button to take picture
  • Grid line to compose photo
  • Pinch-to-zoom for digital zooming
  • Auto-focus locking on photo
  • Auto-exposure locking on photo
  • Crop, rotate, red-eye reduction, one-click enhance on photo
  • Rich Text formatting on mail
  • Full-message search on mail online or offline
  • Send encrypted mail using S/MIME
  • OS-level support for turn-based games
  • Purchase and download games within Game Center
  • Social recommendation on Game Center
  • System wide built-in dictionary
  • Split keyboard for iPad for thumb typers
  • AirPlay mirroring to your Apple TV
  • Wi-Fi iTunes sync
  • New multitouch gestures to flick between apps
  • New iPad Music app
  • Personal dictionary support
  • Hourly weather forecasts
  • Typing shortcuts
  • Alternate routes in maps
  • Voiceover options
  • Wireless sync for Exchange tasks
  • FaceTime mid-call invitation alerts
  • Improved FaceTime video quality
  • Mass configuration
  • Real-time stock quotes
  • Custom vibration patterns
  • Accessible input for mobility
  • Improved offline support in Mail
  • Voiceover item chooser
  • Option to speak text
  • Set tones for voicemail, mail, and calendar alerts

Interesting Facts:

  • Safari on iOS accounts for almost 2/3 of mobile web browsing
  • Its engine (based of Android web browser) accounts for nearly 90% of all mobile browsing

TinyUmbrella – Restore device iOS version

August 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Apple warns that you can’t restore back to previous iOS version if you upgrade to iOS 5 on your developer device. Why? Apple only allows you to restore to the firmwares they ‘sign’. This ‘signing’ only lasts for a limited time. Once they stop ‘signing’ the SHSHs for a firmware, there is no way to restore that firmware ever again.

TinyUmbrella is a tool you can use to restore device iOS. TinyUmbrella which does not require you to be jailbroken. TinyUmbrella sends the SHSH request through Cydia’s servers which turn around and request the SHSH from apple. This results in your SHSH being saved on Cydia and then also locally on your home computer.

Download TinyUmbrella

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