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My iPhone's updating to iOS 5. I'm reading over the release notes. (I saved them to a file.) Over 200 updates, including wireless sync to iTunes? Who do they think they are? Zune? :D


Looks like it includes some lock screen functionality. I'll be interested to see how it works....still dl'ing the firmware.

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Odd, I got a message from Sprint yesterday (only because I have a $2 credit balance with them) saying the 4S or whatever its called will have unlimited data. Almost worth going back but I think I will be going with the Windows phone.

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Here's the release notes:



iOS 5 Software Update


This update contains over 200 new features, including the following:


• Notifications

◦ Swipe from the top of any screen to view notifications in one place with Notification Center
◦ New notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen
◦ View notifications from lock screen
◦ Slide the notification app icon to the right on the lock screen to go directly to the app


• iMessage
◦ Send and receive unlimited text, photo, and video messages with other iOS 5 users
◦ Track messages with delivery and read receipts
◦ Group messaging and secure encryption
◦ Works over cellular network and Wi-Fi*


• Newsstand
◦ Automatically organizes magazine and newspaper subscriptions on Home Screen
◦ Displays the cover of the latest issue
◦ Background downloads of new issues


• Reminders for managing to do lists
◦ Syncs with iCloud, iCal and Outlook
◦ Location-based reminders when you leave or arrive at a location for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4


• Built-in support for Twitter
◦ Sign-in once in Settings and tweet directly from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari and YouTube
◦ Add location to any tweet
◦ View twitter profile pictures and usernames in Contacts


• Camera improvements for devices with cameras
◦ Double click the home button when device is asleep to bring up a camera shortcut on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
◦ Volume Up button to take a picture
◦ Optional grid lines to line up shots
◦ Pinch to zoom in the preview screen
◦ Swipe to camera roll from preview screen
◦ Tap and hold to lock focus and exposure, iPad 2 and iPod touch (4th generation) only support exposure lock


• Photo improvements for devices with cameras
◦ Crop and rotate
◦ Red eye removal
◦ One tap enhance
◦ Organize photos into albums


• Mail improvements
◦ Format text using bold, italic, or underlined fonts
◦ Indentation control
◦ Drag to rearrange names in address fields
◦ Flag messages
◦ Mass mark messages as flagged, read or unread
◦ Customize mail alert sounds


• Calendar improvements
◦ Year view on iPad and new Week view for iPhone and iPod touch
◦ Tap to create an event
◦ View and add event attachments


• Game Center improvements
◦ Use personal photos for your Game Center account
◦ Compare your overall achievement scores with your friends
◦ Find new Game Center friends with friend recommendations and friends of friends
◦ Discover new games with custom game recommendations


• AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S

• Multitasking Gestures for iPad
◦ Use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen
◦ Swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar
◦ Swipe left or right to switch between apps


• On-device setup, activation and configuration with Setup Assistant

• Software updates available over the air without tethering

• iCloud support
◦ iTunes in the Cloud
◦ Photo Stream
◦ Documents in the Cloud
◦ Apps and Books automatic download and purchase history
◦ Backup
◦ Contacts, Calendar, and Mail
◦ Find My iPhone


• Redesigned Music app for iPad

• Hourly weather forecast

• Real-time stock quotes

• Wireless sync to iTunes

• Keyboard improvements
◦ Split keyboard for iPad
◦ Improved autocorrection accuracy
◦ Improved Chinese and Japanese input
◦ New Emoji keyboard
◦ Personal dictionary for autocorrection
◦ Optionally create keyboard short cuts for frequently used words


• Accessibility improvements
◦ Option to light LED flash on incoming calls and alerts for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4
◦ Custom vibration patterns for incoming calls on iPhone
◦ New interface for using iOS with mobility-impairment input devices
◦ Option to speak a selection of text
◦ Custom element labeling for VoiceOver


• Exchange ActiveSync improvements
◦ Wirelessly sync tasks
◦ Mark messages as flagged, read or unread
◦ Improved offline support
◦ Save a new contact from a GAL service


• More than 1,500 new developer APIs

• Bug fixes


Products compatible with this software update:

• iPhone 4S

• iPhone 4

• iPhone 3GS

• iPad 2

• iPad

• iPod touch (4th generation)

• iPod touch (3rd generation)


* Normal carrier data rates may apply. Messages will be sent as SMS when iMessage is unavailable, carrier messaging fees apply.


For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:


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How did the update go, dvn? I had no problems updating my 3gs iPhone and my iPad2 to iOS 5. I had some minor difficulty with registering my iPhone 4s yesterday. A quick trip to AT&T fixed that issue.

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iTunes recovered the phone along with the update. I like the new lock screen features: camera comes up when you tap the home key(?) twice + notifications and the ability to slide the icon associated with the notification to the right and go right to the app/notification. Also, if I'm listening to a podcast, its image shows up and the episode title notes scroll across the top. I'm liking this.

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Mine is sitting in the box still. Just got home from a Vegas trip and still need to sync photos and backup the old one.


The camera button in ios5 is pretty cool. When the phone is locked, double tap the home button and you will get a camera icon that will take you straight to it. Another feature that they finally enabled is the ability to use the volume up button for the shutter. It takes some getting used to as I seem to flip my camera the other way with the buttons on the bottom.

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