An exhaustive list of iOS 5 features

Summary:While Apple has announced that 200 new features in iOS 5 we only know about 20 or so. What about the other 180 other features? While Apple's isn't saying much, here's a list of 133 or so.

While Apple has announced that 200 new features are coming to iOS 5 in the Fall it hasn't said much beyond the 16 or so (Notification Center, iMessage, WiFi Sync, et. al.) that are listed on its iOS 5 feature page.

Here are a couple of my favorite new iOS 5 features that have largely flown under the radar:

Text macros - This new feature allows you to automatically type frequently-used information by typing a short abbreviation. It's configured in Settings > General > Keyboards > Shortcuts (scroll to bottom) where you set up short strings that are replaced by a longer text strings when typed. Text macros could get really interesting if Apple releases support for syncing them via iCloud. Apple could also conceivably release text macros for Mac OS X putting it in competition with Smile Software's essential TextExpander software.

LED Flash for Alerts - Tucked anonymously under Settings > General > Accessibility lurks this little gem that lets you see (and feel) when someone’s calling. It's sure to appeal to the Blackberry crowd that are hooked on its dedicated status LED -- something that the iPhone has previously lacked. Apple's iOS 5 implementation is more of a hack -- simply blinking the camera's LED flash when an email arrives -- as opposed to BB's dedicated multi-color status LED.

Custom Vibrations - Accessibility also allows you to assign unique vibration patterns to people in Contacts. You can even create your own vibration patterns in Settings > Sounds > Vibration.

So that's close to 20, what about the other 180 other features in iOS 5?

While Apple's isn't saying much beyond the few features that it already showcased, TechZoom has compiled a list of 133 iOS 5 features that it has independently identified to date. Here's the first 50:

  1. Notification Center: New Notification System
  2. Improved app notifications at the top
  3. Lock screen notifications. Swipe will open related app.
  4. Notification options to choose for each app.
  5. Notification sorting by app, time etc.
  6. iMessage: Text messaging between iOS devices over Wi-Fi or 3G (Similar to WhatsApp)
  7. Newstand: Similar to iBooks to store, auto-download magazine subscriptions & new issues.
  8. Reminders: A list of reminders with Geo-fence integrated with Calendar app
  9. Twitter Integration: Log in to Twitter from settings once and Tweet anything from Safri, Photos, YouTube etc. Similar to login & sharing used by Mail.app
  10. AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2: Duplicate the iPad screen on television wirelessly
  11. iCloud integration: A new free service with more than 5GB data to be shared between iOS devices
  12. Open Camera.app from lock screen: Double tapping on Home button will open the Camera.app from lock screen
  13. Take pictures from lock screen: Volume up button can be used to take pictures
  14. Camera Grid: For more precise focus and accurate photography. This feature was available on Camera+ app
  15. Camera Zoom: Pinch-to-zoom Gesture like Photos.app on Camera.app
  16. One tap Auto Focus and Auto Exposure
  17. Lock Auto Exposure & Auto Focus for consistency.
  18. Swipe Left to open camera roll
  19. Crop Photos: Not available on 3GS
  20. Enhance Color tones of photos: Not available on 3GS
  21. Rotate Photos:
  22. Red-eye removal: Remove, correct Red-eye within Photos.app
  23. Photo Stream via iCloud over all your iOS devices
  24. Organize photos within Camera Roll
  25. Tabbed Browsing in Safari: For iPad only
  26. Safari Reader: Like RSS reader
  27. Safari Reading List: Save web pages for offline reading
  28. Improved Performance: Like it was enhanced in 4.3.3
  29. Private Browsing: Similar to Firefox / Incognito on Chrome.
  30. Website specific data can be deleted
  31. Cut the cord: Activate and setup iOS device without a Mac or PC
  32. Over-The-Air (OTA) iOS Software Updates: Again, no need of a computer & cord
  33. Delta Software Updates: Upgrade only changed files. No need to download & install entire OS. (Similar to WordPress!)
  34. Wi-Fi Sync: Sync iOS device with PC or Mac over Wi-Fi
  35. Backup and Restore from iCloud account
  36. Sync Exchange tasks
  37. Downloads: See a list of downloaded apps from App Store from any of your iOS device
  38. Rich Text Formatting for Composing Mail (Bold, Italics, Underline, etc.)
  39. Improved offline support for Mail.app
  40. Indentation Control
  41. Drag-able email addresses: Drag, arrange email addresses in To, CC, BCC fields
  42. Improved mail search: Full content search in Mail
  43. Flag Emails
  44. S/MIME Security
  45. Profile picture for Game Center
  46. Friend recommendations for Game Center
  47. Games recommendation
  48. Friends-of-friends list
  49. App Store in Game Center: App store integrated within Game Center to find & buy new Apps / Games
  50. New Achievements like Perks, Points

...for the rest of the list bounce over to TechZoom.

What's your favorite iOS 5 feature?

Topics: Operating Systems, Apple, Mobile OS

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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