iOS 5 looks exactly like iOS4 - don't understand what the hoopla was all about

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by saintforlife, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. saintforlife macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    WTH were those 200 new features again? What a let down. iOS 5 didn't do anything for me except mess my app pages and folders. Hope I will stumble across some of new features in the future. None of them are obvious right away except the notification center.
  2. AmoreForte macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    Not quite sure why you dont notice the many differences... but have a read. Maybe you'll be able to better identify the changes.

    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
    ◦ S/MIME
    • 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:
  3. saintforlife thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    I don't see the iMessage app, just my good ol' green color 'Messages' app. Shouldn't the name of the SMS app now be 'iMessage'?
  4. AmoreForte macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    no messages will remain messages but if you text someone with an iOS 5 device it will automatically change to send an iMessage.
  5. adztaylor macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2009
    Preston, UK
    No, they're both in the same app. Seriously it sounds like you didn't know what you were getting into with iOS 5. So why on Earth did you update?
  6. Dizzie20vt macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2009
    something for nothing and still not happy.

    maybe a blackberry is more your phone :rolleyes:
  7. NJFP macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2009
    If you're messaging someone withOUT iOS5, your message baloon is green. If the person HAS iOS 5, you're balloon is blue, and it shows "delivered" under it.

    It shows a grayed out iMessage in the window you type in. Also, if you swipe down, you can see the entire message screen, the keyboard fades down. I'm a-likin' this!!
  8. matthewskyle macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2011
    Dude. They are different apps on the iPad. Seriously it sounds like you didn't know anything about iOS5. So why on Earth did you even update? The fact that they aren't different apps on the iPhone is rather silly. The iPad version of iMessage is much smoother.
  9. batting1000 macrumors 604

    Sep 4, 2011
    The ones who complain are the ones who don't really know what was in the update or what they are talking about.
  10. Lukeyy19 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
    England, UK
  11. adztaylor, Oct 13, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2011

    adztaylor macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2009
    Preston, UK
    I think it is better to have iMessage in the same app on the iPhone. There is no stock SMS app on the iPad so of course iMessage is a separate app :rolleyes:

    Research more post less.
  12. mgmusicman94 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2008
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

    That's because there never was any stock messaging app on the iPad or iPod touch. What's the point in making a separate iMessage app? The point of merging them was to make it seamless and effortless to start an iMessage. It's the same concept as FaceTime. It was merged with the iPhone's phone app, but the iPad and iPod touch never had a phone app so they made a new app. Sounds like you don't know anything about iOS at all.
  13. matthewskyle macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2011
    What is with people this morning...There have been plenty of messaging apps (some which Apple didn't even beat) that did this. And merging =/= seamless. I like the idea, but I would rather them be separate. I have to buy unlimited messaging as do a lot of iPhone owners now, so really I only care about texting those that don't have messaging (iPad). So it's actually easier if there was a separate app to just keep a list of people in. Having unlimited messaging defeats the purpose for a lot of users. People can say they will use it, but in 3 months it will be a thing of the past.
  14. Andeavor macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
    Apple interpretation of features are simply changes or addition how the software works. iOS 5's biggest features are the streamlining of apps within the OS, the apps the user accounts and all synched devices wirelessly. If you want significant change, get the 4S to get the technical upgrades (A5, Siri, 8-MP camera, etc.).
  15. jrhyett05 macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2010

    Just like BBM?? :rolleyes:

    methinks in 3 months everyone will have updated to iOS 5 and better understand how iMessage works, and embrace it much better.....
  16. bndoarn macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2008
    Why do you have to buy unlimited messages now because of iMessage? You don't even need a texting plan at all to use it. It works strictly over your data plan or wifi. You can even turn SMS off all together so you don't accidentally send a text message and get charged for it if you don't have a texting plan.


    Maybe I misunderstood you but this is what I thought you meant.
  17. fsck-y dingo macrumors 65816

    fsck-y dingo

    Jun 14, 2009
    Between iMessage and GV Mobile I feel like I'm sticking it to the man, just a little. I just started using GV Mobile for free texting yesterday and I have to say it's great. I've had it since before it was in the App Store but always used the phone aspect, never texting. Now I'm hooked.

    I'm still grandfathered into the unlimited data and 200 messages per month plan (I'm a very light text user). I may end up canceling the messaging plan soon. What really caused me to search out free unlimited texting are the current plans. With AT&T my options are to stay with my $5 200 text allowance, drop that and pay as I get them or $20 per month for unlimited. Screw that! :)

    I use GV Mobile as an example since that's what I have but there are a few good, and free, messaging options out there. I'm ready to be done paying AT&T for what amounts to such a negligible amount of bandwidth it's embarrassing that they ask extra money for it.

    To get back on topic a bit...iMessages is awesome! :)
  18. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

    Nov 3, 2009
    Go read Apples website and quit wasting everyones time with such a silly question.

  19. xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
  20. Gemütlichkeit macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
    LOL I can't tell if you're trolling or simply... special.
  21. globalist macrumors 6502a

    Aug 19, 2009

    Even the long list of "new features" that was posted earlier in this thread doesn't have more than 100 actual items. So where's the other 100 "new features" of iOS 5?

    Disclaimer: I'm not complaining and am in fact somewhat happy about the new OS. Guess I'm just calling Apple out on its BS claim of "200 new features 1!!!11!LEVEN". :D
  22. ecowarrior macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2011
    gotta say, totally in agreement with the OP on this.

    for all the hype, I've found the only thing (probably) useful to me is the syncing of the calendar between my mac and my ipod. The rest of the features are mostly invisible, or don't work (case in point - itunes home sharing - cannot get that to work now whatever I do).

    the big feature many of my friends were looking forward to was wifi-sync, yet you can't do that unless you're plugged in and your mac is on. rather pointless if you already plug your ipod into your mac to sync.

    not sure what I was expecting - something between 'ooh that's good' and 'woah, that's life-changing'. all I get is 'meh'.

    maybe it will get better with updates. dunno....
  23. s15119 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2010
    I know, and it was so expensive too.

    /sarcasm -

  24. ecowarrior macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2011
  25. adztaylor macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2009
    Preston, UK
    You don't need to have it plugged in. You can sync wirelessly by going to settings > general > iTunes wifi sync and press sync now. You need to have enough battery though. But yeah the Mac needs to be on.

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