We all heard about the big features of iOS 5 that they announced at WWDC 2011. Things like Notification Center, iCloud, Twitter integration, and iMessage. Well, everyone who presented at WWDC 2011 mentioned that there are 200+ new features in iOS 5, but they could only mention 10. If you’re like me, you’re assuming those other 190+ features are geared towards developers and not every day people, right? Wrong. Well, a lot of them are, but here are 5 more you should, and will, care about.
- Reminders App
Apple integrated a new application called Reminders into iOS 5. It does exactly what you’d think it would do. It will remind you to do things based on time or location. It’s a pretty slick app and is sure to really irritate some developers that spent a lot of time creating their own when iOS was lacking.
- Time-based Passcode Requirement
In settings, you can specify whether you want to require your passcode immediately, after 1 minute, after 5 minutes, or after 15 minutes. Of course, you don’t actually have to have a passcode, but if you do this is a really cool feature that will save you from having to input it every time you pick up your phone. If you play with your phone as often as I know you do, you’ll love this feature!
- Accessibility Options for Everyone
Among most of the same old accessibility options there are a couple of new ones that you can use to enhance your experience whether you need them or not. You can specify custom vibrate patterns and assign them to individual contacts as well as opting in to get an LED flash for alerts. I find that the LED flash for alerts isn’t half as cool, or as useful, as you think it might be.
- Private Web Browsing
This one’s huge! (that’s what she said, I know). How many of you are beyond tired of having to clear your cache every time you browse the web on your iphone, or ipad, just so you don’t have all the clutter showing up every time you want to browse again? I know that irritates me beyond measure! Well, Apple apparently heard our cries and gave us a nifty little option in the settings for Safari to enable Private Browsing. Enjoy!
- Double-tap Home button on Screen Lock to Access Music and Take Photos
This is another nifty feature that I’ve never heard mentioned, but seems pretty useful. If your screen is locked and you double-top the home button, you’ll notice a few new buttons (and some song info if you already have an app open playing music). One is for controlling music saved on the phone (doesn’t appear to be tied in with pandora), the other brings up the camera app and will allow you to take and save a new picture.