iOS5 has a bunch of fluffy bullet points to pad out the feature list in a presentation deck, but it’s got a few improvements that make it worthwhile and appreciated update even for those of us with no plan to upgrade to a shiny new 4S.
I haven’t been able to test out iCloud yet, but since that was the big upgrade this time around, I’ll have to defer my commentary on that functionality until later, but I can speak to a few other things. The first and most important is the upgrades to Notifications. They work as advertised: pull down and see what’s up. You can also swipe from the lock screen. It doesn’t appear that app updates are necessary: I’ve got notifications from apps already despite them not having iOS5 specific ports, although this seems a bit inconsistently applied. This function alone makes this upgrade essential to me, of course Android users will laugh. This nicety has been there all along. What will be interesting now will be seeing what apps exploit the system… and what new applications are possible with this vastly improved UI available. Continue reading