Share your favorite iOS 5 tips and tricks for new users!
Are you new to iOS 5? Check out what's new, below!
Quick Camera Access
Want to take a quick photo? Double tap the home button when your phone is locked and a camera button will appear next to the "Slide to Unlock" at the bottom of the screen. Clicking this immediately takes you into the camera app. Have a password? Fear not, you can still quickly access the camera. The camera app is sandboxed and won't have access to your previous photos and files!
Take a photo using the volume button!
Finally! We have a real shutter button. Turn your camera sideways and hit the "+" volume button to snap a photo.
Notifications Panel (or, "No more annoying popups!")
Finally! We iOS users get to have a taste of a proper and legitimate notifications panel. All alerts, popups, and push notifications get displayed and archived inside this panel. Access it by swiping you finger down from the top of the screen. Note: this only works if your phone is unlocked.
View notifications from your phones lock screen
Is your phone locked? Guess what? You can still recent alerts and notifications from various apps. Just hit the home button or power button as if you were turning on your phone to check the time. Boom! Want to act on a notification message and open up a specific app? Just slide to app icon to the right with your finger. It will directly open up the app (and in theory, take you to the specific message or alert).
iCloud -- Backup your contacts, calendars, reminders, and more!
Want to take advantage of iCloud for storing and syncing your data? Check out the options in Settings → iCloud.
Read articles, blog posts, and webpage content without all the cruft
Safari has a new feature called Reader (we've previously discussed it here: gdgt.com/discuss/safari-reader-one-of-my-favorite-...). Basically, it strips away any of the extraneous content on a webpage and displays only the important bits of the article or blog post in an easy to read -- almost ebook like -- format. All you need to do is navigate to any page and hit the "Reader" button in the URL bar.
What other tips are we missing? (I'll periodically update this post and give you credit.)
Let's help our fellow iOS 5 users out.
Also, contacts can be assigned a different vibration pattern from the default.
- Can't believe no one mentioned yet-- WIFI sync! Finally cut the cord
- OTA iOS updates!
- You can now tap and hold on a word to use the dictionary nearly system wide.
- Private Browsing option in Safari Settings
- Arrange the order and limit for notifications, and which apps appear in notification center
you can tap the screen and it drills down to hour by hour forecast (the next 12 hours)
...and you can get a little weather report from the notification panel, and with a tap
you're in the weather app.
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- To quickly see the last photos you've taken while in the Camera app, just swipe to the right to go straight to the last photo in your camera roll. Keep swiping to view more, or swipe left to go back to the camera. Much easier and quicker than tapping the icons in the bottom left.
You can now set automatic "birthday alarms" for every contact that has it's birthday info filled in.
Just go to Settings/Email, contacts, calendars.../Default Alarms/Birthdays
I will also add some more info regarding the improved email notifications there were mentioned here on the post, because I found about it today and I really like it:
You can now get an instant preview of every new email you receive. Go to settings/updates/Mail - and then choose "banners" (and make sure "notification center" is on.
Keep the tips coming :)
i'm sure this is what happens during Find My iPhone and Find my Friends but the location services icon doesn't show up at all when this is being done. also, why wouldn't the location services icon cycle on and off when it is pinging you (for the reminder) rather than stay on for the duration of the reminder? according to the legend at the bottom of the Location Services screen, the purple arrow means: that it is currently using your location. the icon is always purple for a geo-reminder.
not that i don't believe you, but i remain skeptical of the activity according to how they are portraying it.
When using the Google Latitude app with background updating, the locataion services icon is always on, but I know for a fact that it only ever requests a GPS fix when the phone informs it it has changed cell mast or similar. So the app is always monitoring your location, but that doesn't mean it's constantly using the GPS, only when it needs to.
(Note, I'm posting this from my iPhone, so I might not have the exact right keys, but hopefully you get the general idea!)
If (like me) you've already ran out of your iCloud storage allowance (or if you want to speed up your backups),
You can buy more storage of course,
but you can also manage your backups and choose what apps get backed up -
Just go to settings/iCloud/storage and backup/manage storage
Then choose your device, and from the list that shows up - you can de-select the apps you don't which to backup.
The list shows how much space is consumed by each app, and it should be useful to have a look in it even if you're not out of storage (to make your iCloud backups faster). I have found out this way that i had 3 apps that consumed 1GB of storage each!
Newsstand aggregates all of your newspapers into one bookshelf application.
iMessage allows you to message other iOS 5 users from your iPad. Settings -> Messages to configure receiving addresses.
Twitter is now integrated throughout the OS. Go to Settings -> Twitter to input your information.
When you play a podcast there is no visual indication that it has been played in the list.
And the other big thing if you have a bunch of podcasts to listen to from a single source (like KPBS news) the autoplay option has been taken away, and only one podcast will play at a time.
Also, the blue dot on the left is a visual indication of an unplayed podcast and a half dot represents a partially played podcast. No dot means you've listened to it.
You can still get updates via the iTunes store by touching "Get More Episodes...". It takes you to that podcast's page.