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Showing posts from October, 2011

iOS 5 Hidden Gem!

Yep, it's hidden deep, but it's here! For folks like me who keep the phone on silent at all times, it sure would be nice to know who's calling without pulling the phone out of the pocket. Presenting custom vibration patterns for callers! Even better, not just content to give a set of predefined patterns, you can compose your own! Very cool. Extra points to the bling of using the flash as a notifier, optionally. Funny, I heard absolutely no mention of this feature; guess Apple didn't want to...ahem...shake things up?

Living In An iOS5 World

So, after a 4 hour install and a 2 hour restore, my iPhone is finally running the much awaited iOS5. Months of anticipating, over 200 new features, and it's finally here! So, what do I think? It feels like the biggest patch release yet. When I upgraded to iOS4, it felt like a new device. In fact, the strain it put on my old 3Gs required an eventual upgrade to iPhone 4. But iOS 5 is very different. It's quiet. The main theme I can ascribe to it is that it fixes so many of the deficiencies that the iPhone had. Note that: it fixes  them. Not revolutionary; evolutionary. Notifications that take up the whole screen? So last decade; gone. Can't use any tone for system events? Ok, now you can. Rich text email? Welcome to the 21st century. Lots of things like that. Just...fixes that should have been done all along. Even the new features are understated.  Take iMessage. Looks and feels like SMS; the magic happens behind the scenes and is largely invisible to the user. iClou