Apple iOS 5 - The Next Generation of iOS

Aidan Fitzpatrick

by Aidan Fitzpatrick

Along with the release of iPhone 4S, Apple have also launched its latest iOS version – iOS 5. There are quite a few modifications made in the all new mobile operating system, so here is a list of new things to expect when you upgrade your iDevice (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch).

ios 5 features

Notification Center

All the notifications are now displayed in one location under Notification Center. Apple already managed to take care of the annoying pop-ups that were present in the previous iOS versions, but you can still keep it the old way should you prefer.


All iDevices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) can now communicate with each other using Apple’s new messaging service. With iMessage, you can send unlimited messages, photos, videos, locations and even contacts using your Apple device via Wi-Fi or 3G.


Do more wirelessly with iCloud. You can now perform backup and restore without a computer. You can also sync all your iDevices together at the same time.

PC Free

iOS 5 allows you to update your iDevice wirelessly making it PC-independent. So you can download all the necessary updates right to your iDevice.


With iOS 5, you can compile all your favorite magazines in a single newsstand right through your iDevice. It is more convenient than having separate apps for all your subscriptions.


You can now organize all the things you need to do in lists. It also lets you set due dates and locations.


Tweet easily from your iDevice with the integrated Twitter account.


Access your camera right from the Lock screen with the new camera feature in iOS 5. Capture the perfect moment just by hitting the volume-up key.


Enhancing your photos just got easier as you can now edit them directly from the Photos app. Features include red-eye removal, cropping, rotating, etc.


iOS 5 brings better web-browsing experience as it now has Safari Reader feature, which was initially introduced in Mac OS X Lion. This is best for reading as it minimizes ads and gives a more text-oriented view. If you are using an iPad, you can also enjoy tabbed browsing for easier switching between sites.

Wi-Fi Sync

Sync your iDevice as if it is connected to iTunes over a shared Wi-Fi connection. It does it automatically every time the iDevice is plugged into power.


iOS 5 allows you to format your text using bold, italic and underlined styles. You can now also search for a word definition. It also lets you indent paragraphs and look up for a word in the message body.


Enjoy weekly calendar view on iPhone and iPod Touch and yearly view on iPad. iOS 5 also enables you to rename, add and delete calendars on your iDevice.

AirPlay Mirroring

iDevices with A5 processor can take advantage of AirPlay Mirroring feature of iOS 5. It allows you to display whatever is on your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S to any compatible device such as Apple TV – wirelessly.

Multitasking Gestures

iOS 5 also brought new multi-touch short-cuts for iPad users to enjoy. Swipe up to show the multitasking bar, pinch to go to the Home screen and swipe sidewards to switch between apps.

With all these new features integrated in iOS 5, there will surely be a lot of getting-used-to to do. Nonetheless, iOS 5 seems to be a great upgrade and there are many subtle new features (over 200) which you will find useful. Do not forget the main ‘iOS Update 101’ rule and backup your iDevice prior to upgrading to iOS5 to avoid any loss of data.

Do let us know what you think of the new iOS 5 and what features you would like the iPhone Backup Extractor cover in the application. The application works with iOS 5 and can extract all stored data, but suggestions on popular formatting and extraction options we can improve upon for iOS 5 are welcome.

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