12-10-2011 09:35 AM
So the new iOS5 will be released today, and as previous major software releases I would expect it to be with us at 6pm UK time.
Lots of new things to get used to and I am in no doubt there are going to be a few of us who will be struggling to get to grips with all the new functionality, after all there are 200 improvements in this release. It is also important to remember that if you are upgrading from a 3G or iPhone 4, Siri will not be available to you, it is iPhone 4S specific.
Also worth noting that you will need to update your iTunes to the latest version which was released yesterday to prepare for the download and install of iOS5.
So looking forward to it and hoping we can all help each other out in getting used to the new functions quickly :-)
12-10-2011 09:41 AM
I am intrigued about iMessage personally. Seems to be like it will be a fantastic up yours to RIM at the moment against BBM.
I can't say I've ever used BBM. Is it like a separate app that you consciously have to think "OK I'm going to BBM that person rather than SMS them" or is it seamless between the two like iMessage?
The impression I got with iMessage is that if you send a message, and the other end is connected to iMessage with an iPhone (or indeed iPad or iPod) that they will receive it as an iMessage rather than an SMS. Have I got that right?
What with all the issues BlackBerry has had the few days, I can see their usage numbers plummeting over the next few years.
I work in IT and it's actually cheaper to give out iPhones and use the Exchange functionality than it is to give out BB.
Also, it's then normally only our IT department responsible for any outages, not some server in Slough that isn't backed up properly!
I digress - I dislike BlackBerry
Other things I'm looking forward to, is I believe there are custom message and e-mail alert tones, at last?
12-10-2011 09:49 AM - edited 12-10-2011 09:50 AM
Got it in one.
It can detect whether or not your texting someone who has an iPhone that is running ios5, then switches to iMessage seemlessly. If you have texted someone in the past it will keep the iMessage chat in the same 'window' as previous messages.
Best of all it is kept under messages - and is not a seperate 'app'
The other nifty little thing thats well hidden is setting the phone to custom vibrate - you can set custom virbration patterns to individual contacts. But even better - you can dictate which side of the iPhone you want to vibrate. I.E - left,right,middle. I think you can also set top ,bottom but I cant remember and my old iPhone is in a better place....
12-10-2011 09:53 AM
That custom vibration thing sounds brilliant. I tend to not worry about custom notifications at that level though. I'm one of those annoying people that has to look at their phone the moment it goes off whether it be call, text, e-mail, notification from Angry Birds...
12-10-2011 10:03 AM
But iCloud has raised a few questions about security and rightly so, it is worth remembering that iCloud will sync with all devices in range that are registered. So important work stuff can end up on all your iOS devices. Apps like Box.Net are great for business as you can control what is synced and who has access to the files, it is very similar to Dropbox but offers far greater security for business.
iCloud will work great for normal users, just not for large enterprise companies that need security :-)
12-10-2011 10:03 AM
I've been fortunate enough to of had the beta since day one on my iPhone 4 and iPad 2.
Personally, I love it!
There's a few features i'd still like to see, like pull down to refresh in the emails etc but we can't have it all
If you have any questions or want any screenshots of anything, let me know and i''ll do my best to help out....
Part time Vodafone customer, Full time Blackberry & Apple beta tester and iOs Dev....
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12-10-2011 10:12 AM - edited 12-10-2011 10:28 AM
hah - I am VERY precious about my shiny thing... <3
having used mobile me for zonks - I tend to use it at a very personal level. Only using the contact and calendar sync for work related stuff...
People just need to get over the fact that its not an enterprise solution as already stated. You can turn off various parts of iCloud... I wonder if apple eventually plan to charge for a bonus enterprise solution at some point.....?
Gavin - I am also a beta tester - so i can make sure the apps I develop for work - still work - on the new ios' the pain of a couple of the betas that were flakey still burn deep...
12-10-2011 11:08 AM
I can see this version being a test for them so they can see how well it works and if they have the correct capacity to handle the huge amounts of server space going to be required, and also if those servers are going to be able to cope well enough under the strain.
12-10-2011 12:09 PM
This may be a silly question but if you are using iMessage and sending messages back and forth with somebody, and the other person loses internet signal, will a message that you have already pressed send on get delivered as a text instead? Basically will it switch between the 2 if required?
12-10-2011 12:40 PM
From my understanding of iMessage, it will send either wifi or normal network regardless. It is dependant on the recipient having a iOS5 device.
So if you loose wifi the message will simply send as normal, but still as a iMessage, just may take a little longer to get there if for example you are sending a picture.
I could be wrong though
12-10-2011 12:45 PM
12-10-2011 12:46 PM
from the Apple website -
You can send unlimited text messages via wi-fi or 3G from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to anyone with one of those devices. iMessage is built into the Messages app, so you can send text, photos, videos, locations, and contacts.
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