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In case you like, live under a rock or something, you probably already know about the iOS 5 update that went out yesterday (and took FOUR F'ING HOURS to download). There are tons of new features, looks, and gadgets, which is obviously really fun, but it can also be a little overwhelming at first.
If you're like me, you didn't read the list of new features or agreements or anything (sorry Apple, but I don't have time for that shit), but I'm still interested to know what they are. In the past few hours, I've found about 8 new things on this new layout, which is pretty cool, but I'm sure there's a lot I'm missing out on too, and now I'm kind of regretting not reading it.
If you're in the same boat as me, check out this iOS 5 report from Computerworld.com. They give a full break down, with pictures (*yey*) of all the new features for the update, and how to make the most out of them. (Which is clutch, because now apparently with iMessage people can know if you've read their texts?!??)
A few standouts from the ComputerWorld article as favorites amoung Sumo:
Apple has included a new app, iMessage, as part of the core software. Just as with SMS and MMS, communication through iMessage relies on text, and allows you to send movies and pictures -- without being charged for doing so. iMessage circumvents the carriers entirely, instead relying on Apple's own servers to handle the encrypted communications.
Newsstand, Twitter, the Camera app
If you subscribe to magazines or newspapers, iOS 5 keeps them organized in a folder on the Home Screen, aptly called Newsstand. If you've downloaded the app and bought a content package, all of your previous dead-tree subscriptions are now stored here, updated automatically when new issues are released. Those issues are downloaded in the background, a number badge shows up in the Newsstand icon, and the magazine icon changes to reflect the latest cover.
New to iOS 5 is the Reminders app, a straightforward time- and location-based notification system. From this app, you can create lists, add items to those lists, assign due dates, and check off completed items. Sounds simple? It is. The main attraction is the ability to set reminders based on when you leave or arrive at a specific location.
Check it out here, and get yourself in the know so you can make the most out of the new software.
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