Quickly review photo taken while in Camera app with “swipe from camera to camera roll” feature in iOS 5

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When using the camera app in iOS 5, you can swipe from left to right to switch to the camera roll. From there you can flick to scroll through pictures in the camera roll as in Photo app, with the camera screen becomes the last item for you to flick to.

At any time while reviewing, tap on the picture to bring the usual picture control to edit or share the picture.

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This feature is ideal for quickly switching to last taken photos to check whether they’re good or not.

iOS 5 exclusive features

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iOS 5 is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad, iPad 2, iPod touch 3rd and 4th generation. There are over 200 new features in iOS 5. Notification Center, iMessage, Newsstand, Reminders and iCloud support are few of the main changes. However not all iOS 5 features are available on all devices capable of running iOS 5.

Siri

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Siri is really not part of iOS 5 but an exclusive app for iPhone 4S. Many view it as a feature good enough to upgrade to iPhone 4S. Some has viewed it as an upgrade ‘bait’ from Apple. But insider points to Siri’s need of powerful processing, with circuitry logic found only in iPhone 4S.

AirPlay Mirroring

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AirPlay supports video mirroring of content over to HDTV via AppleTV. This feature requires iPad 2 or iPhone 4S.

Multitasking Gestures

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Multitasking Gestures is iPad 2 only. With multitasking features, you can reveal the multitasking bar with four or five finger swipe up, pinch to return to home screen, and swipe left or right to switch between apps.

Split Keyboard

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iOS 5 comes with the ability to split the virtual keyboard, useful for typing in landscape orientation. This feature is for iPad and iPad 2 only.

Location-based Reminders

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The new Reminders app allows you to set alert based on location. Due probably to its “battery draining” requirement for constant location tracking, this feature is available on iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

Safari Tabbed Browsing

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Tabbed browsing in mobile Safari debuts with iOS 5, but it is only available on the iPad and iPad 2.

Safari Find On Page

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Safari “Find On Page” is not new as it was introduced in iOS 4.2, ‘hidden’ under the search bar. iOS 5 brings this feature conveniently on top of the virtual keyboard. “Find On Page” is available on iPad and iPad 2.

Camera HDR

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HDR in Camera app is an iOS 4 feature. This is just to highlight that Camera HDR feature is not supported when using iPhone 3GS.

Use iMessage in iOS 5 to save on SMS charges

Apple introduced its chat service iMessage with the launch of iOS 5. iMessage is a text messaging chat similar to internet messaging AIM, ICQ, Facebook chat or the ever popular WhatsApp app. The difference is iMessage is integrated into the Messages app which is used for SMS/MMS.

When you send a text message, the message app will check if the recipient is using iOS 5 with iMessage enabled. If yes your text will be send out via iMessage. If not the text will be send out using regular SMS via telco. iMessage is a free service, and this could potentially saves you some telco SMS charges.

When you upgraded to iOS 5, iMessage is enabled when you enable iCloud. To check, open the Settings app and look for Messages and make sure the switch is turned on.

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You can find out if your text will be send out using iMessage or SMS while composing your text. iMessage text will be blue in color and the text entry field will display “iMessage”. For SMS message, the text is green in color and the text entry field will display “Text Message”.

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iMessage is not limited to iPhone, the Message app is also available on iPad and iPod touch. When you use the Message app on iPad or iPod touch, you need to enter the recipient’s email address when composing a text. Phone number will not work.

In order to receive iMessage from someone using iPad or iPod touch, you need to setup an email address for your iMessage. Under Settings>Messages, tap the “Receive At”.

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Select to enable to use Apple ID for iMessage. This will add the email address for your Apple ID as an address for “You can be reached for messages at”. Your friends can then iMessage you using the email address.

With iMessage, Apple merged the traditional telco SMS and Internet chat within the same Message app. A brilliant move that brings cost saving benefit and convenience to iOS users.

List of Apple software updates and new apps

Apple probably just had its greatest software updates in its history. For the past 2 days, Apple software relating to iOS 5 and iCloud are updated, together with few new apps. Here are the list:

  • iOS 5
  • OS X Lion 10.7.2
  • OS X Lion Recovery Update
  • iCloud & iCloud.com website (new)
  • Safari 5.1.1
  • iTunes 10.5
  • Apple TV 4.4
  • Updates to Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iOS
  • Updates to Remote, iMovie, Find My iPhone for iOS
  • iPhoto 9.2
  • Aperture 3.2
  • iCloud Control Panel for Windows (new)
  • Cards app for iOS (new)
  • iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS  (new, US only)
  • Find my Friends app for iOS (new)
  • AirPort Setup utility app for iOS (new)
  • XCode 4.2

Wireless sync with iTunes 10.5 and iOS 5

With iCloud enabled, you can store your data such as mail, contacts, calendar, iTunes music, movie, books and apps on iCloud, bypassing the need to use iTunes on your Mac/PC to sync to your iOS devices. There are however contents on your Mac that you still need to sync to your iDevices, such as your movie, music, PDFs collection. iTunes 10.5 together with iOS 5 make it easy with wireless sync over Wi-Fi without the need of a USB cable.

To enable wireless sync, connect your iDevice using USB cable to the Mac. Under iTunes, on the “Summary” page for your iDevice, tick the option “Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi”.

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You can now unplug your USB cable. Then click the Sync on iTunes to start data sync wirelessly.

You can also initiate the sync directly from your iDevice. From the Settings app, navigate to General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync. Tap the “Sync Now” button to start wireless sync.

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