You’ve installed iOS 5, but what new things can you do with it? You may well have the iOS 5 keynote memorized and have lauded the upcoming features to friends and family, but when the latest software lands on your device, everything you’re excited about becomes a blur. The thrill of over two hundred new features could leave you stuck as to where to start as you idly flick through your inspiration. We know that overwhelming feeling all too well. The top five iOS 5 features you should start making use right away. These aren’t just isn’t this a neat new trick features; either they are seriously useful techniques that prove the true worth of iOS 5. In fact, some are so good that this new OS will make you feel like you have bought a brand new phone. With this guide to some of the best new tricks, you can hit the ground running.
Build A Geofence
A what? A geofence is a virtual perimeter of GPS coordinates that, once crossed, triggers alerts on your phone. It’s a feature that’s now possible with the new reminders app in iOS 5.
For example, let’s say you want to remember to take your laptop with you when you leave your house. Setup a reminder on your phone, select At a location from the options, choose your house as the location and then select ‘when I leave’. Now, when you leave your house as alert will appear to remind you.
Reminders work in the opposite direction, too. Set your local corner shop as the location for a reminder and choose when I arrive. When you go past, whatever reminder you will set will appear.
Set up your own geofence for common locations and reminders and make use of the iphone’s far more reliable memory over your own.
Contact friends for free.
If you don’t have an unlimited SMS package through your provider, text message can often sting you when you receive your monthly bill. Avoid these costs by sending free iMessages to friends using iOS 5, whether they’re using an iPhone, iPad or iPad Touch. When you send a message, your iPhone will check whether the recipient is using iOS 5 and, if so, will automatically send an iMessage instead of an SMS.
Be your own Newsagent.
Magazine subscribers know that thrill when a fresh issue drops through the letterbox and now the digital equivalent is here. The new Newsstand icon should be the first place you head in iOS 5 if you subscribe to magazines on your iPhone or iPad.
Even if you don’t, now’s the time to start, with a whole new section of the app store dedicated to the digital magazines and newspapers. Rather than installing like any other app, digital editions of newspapers and magazines are added to Newstand and automatically.
Perfect Your Pictures
Don’t worry about syncing your photos to your computer for editing any more. Show them off at their best on your iOS 5 device with new editing feathers including cropping, red eye removal and an auto enhance feature.
Any photo in your camera roll can be edited, even those you’ve downloaded or synced to your device.
Create A Reading List
You no longer need third party apps for storing online articles to read later. Now you can do it from within Safari. Collect articles you want to read when you have more time using the new Reading list feature and, if you’re using iCloud, they’ll be synced across all your device.