Two quick things I noticed that haven't been brought up anywhere else that I know of:
1. You can use your device while it syncs! The first beta doesn't actually support wifi syncing but while syncing my newly restored and updated iPhone and iPad, I was able to turn it on and start using apps right away, even while the rest of my apps and files were still syncing. A spinning sync icon appears in the upper left while a sync is taking place.
2. The split keyboard is nice but I wish there was a way to tell the iPad to default to using the split keyboard while in portrait mode and the full keyboard while in landscape mode. I've gotten used to setting down the iPad and can already type pretty quickly in the landscape keyboard, but the default portrait keyboard is totally useless to me except for hunt-and-peck. Tie split keyboard is great for thumb typing but I wish it would switching between the two depending on the device orientation.
Jeffwk and I just had a decently long iMessage conversation. It seems like a cool system--not drastically different from SMS using the Messages app, but a bit nicer. There were some weird glitches (he sent me a picture message which showed up to me as a blank message) and for some reason it wasn't working between multiple devices (I only received messages on my iPad. When I sent him a message from my iPhone he said it showed up in a separate thread). But I'm sure those issues will be cleared up before the full launch, possibly even by the next beta.
1. Notifications- Can you clear the entire list?
2. Also in the Notifications, it looks like there is indeed a weather and stocks widget. Can you have those appear on your lock screen?
3. Safari iPhone 4- does it also have tabbed browsing & reader?
4. Any change to the passcode feature? Still numeric input?
1. Not that I can tell. You can clear all the notifications from a single app at a time, but not the whole list.
3. No tabbed browsing. No Reader as far as I can tell. It has Reading List but even that was sort of hard to find (to add an article you press the share button and then pick Add to Reading List, but to actual see your reading list you have to open your bookmarks and go up to the top level folder).
4. Nope, still just 4-digit passcode (or full password).
Bah, I really hope they do this because without the playlists who cares if my music auto downloads, I dont shuffle my purchased folder. Hopefully they will do this in the end and its just not available yet.
Yes, I'm pretty sure it's going to go both ways. If you change a playlist or download a podcast on your computer it will sync to your iPhone. If you change or add a playlist on your iPhone it will sync to your computer. It'll be just like normal sync but without a cord.
I've been running it for about a day now, and I haven't run into any weird behavior yet. It seems a bit slower, and many apps don't treat the split keyboard correctly (of course), but other than that, no issues yet. I think you're safe to try it!
It's pretty freaking stable. I'm not a developer, but I bought the iOS Developer access just so that I could play around with betas like this. I have it installed on my iPhone 4 and iPad 2 that I use for general use everyday and there's no single bug that's making it unusable as a general phone. I enjoy it very much and find many of the new features extremely helpful and awesome.
It really depends how much you rely on your phone and what your tolerance of bugginess it. There are a couple bugs, core apps crash more frequently, some apps don't work, but it's not terrible by any means. In fact, many thing it's the most stable beta Apple has ever released. It's quite nice. I put it on my every day use phone and iPad.
I'm only willing to put iOS 5 on my iPad, so I haven't had the opportunity to play with Photo Stream, but judging by the keynote, this is how it works:
- You take a photo
- Photo is pushed to interwebs.
- Photo is pulled to Photo Stream on your other devices.
- You lose the photo on your other devices after it's out of the latest 1000 photos, UNLESS:
- You save it to an album.
I'm going to assume that I'm right. If I am:
When you save it to an album, does it stop syncing across? How does syncing work?
When you save it to an album, is it taken out of Photo Stream?
Excuse me I have the IPhone 4 and love it and I need to decide what to do about my laptop as it is not very powerful and a pain to carry around but I need to make sure I do this with being as armed as I can with advice etc. You seem very well versed on Apple products as are many people one here so I look forward to any input advice from all.
First a brief thing. I have the Iphone 4 like I said my HP desktop died so I have been using a laptop and love the freedom over the laptop but I am thinking making the move to the IPad 2 as a main device would be great however, I want to make sure it does what I need first. I handle all my familys appointments (all 3 of us have IPhone 4) plus we use a grocery app that syncs between them and mobile me which I am looking forward to cloud. I also handle all financial matters, legal matters, etc., and was wondering if the IPad 2 could handle that? I use Quicken on my laptop (Toshiba) but use Mint App on the IPhone 4 that also syncs with my bank and the other IPhones here. What is everyones input on a IPad 2 playing a main role like that? I am expecting to maybe having to spend money on addons for things like a keyboard etc to help. I also heard that you cant attach files docs to emails. Is that true? Sometimes I do need to send PDFs Word Docs etc., is that fixed in iOS5 or another way to do that? Does anyone know of a way to compose a fax and send to to a fax machine from the IPad 2 or the IPhone 4? Sorry for all the questions but the IPhone 4 is our first Apple I device and we are hooked.
If you want to break Apple's rules feel free to do that. i'm sure there's ways to hacktivate IOS 5 without a developer account if you looked hard enough.
The reality is that Apple only provides a developer preview so developers can make sure their apps are ready before they release it to the public, and they attempt to keep it this way by NDAing all developers, as well as adding a clause to their developer contract that states that giving away/selling preview access is a breach of said contract, which'll result in immediate termination.
Last time I checked developers develop things, and they rely on their developer accounts. Nobody in their right mind would risk losing their developer account just because somebody else wants to see iOS before it's released.