Apple’s iOS 5 just dropped yesterday, and I suspect it’ll be one of those subtle upgrades with major implications. Here’s what you need to know.
iGadgets are great and all, but we all know that sooner or later, it’s going to be about the Cloud. Apple is really pushing it’s new iCloud service, and iOS 5 is all about turning your devices into portals for the service. Now all of your pics, music, and data can live up in the cloud, and sync across all of your toys. What stands out most is the PhotoStream: take a pic with your phone, for example, and that photo now appears across all of your devices, without you having to find your little cord and physically connect. So be careful: all of those sexting pics from your phone can now appear on your stream if you have the syncing enabled.
Another small change with big consequences. Previously, nearly every notice lived in their own little place: texts had their own pop up, Facebook, and Mail had their own little red notices. No longer. The new Notifications Center puts all of your notices in one place and upfront — right on the lock screen.
Finally, iOS 5 seeks to change the way we text. iMessage allows you to send texts and stuff from your iTunes-associated email. This means texts between two iMessage users don’t count as text messages. The Man isn’t going to like that. Well, unless you count Apple as “the man”, in which case he’s really going to like it.
Tell us what you love, or hate, about iOS 5.