iOS 5 has been out for a few hours now, and many error messages later, I finally managed to install it on my iPhone 4 on launch day. At first, it downloaded very quickly on iTunes, then it backed up the phone onto my Mac. After that the error message popped up saying that the iPhone could not be restored. At this point I had it set up so the USB was plugged into my USB hub, rather than straight into the computer. After around five attempts, it worked, as this time I plugged it straight int the Mac’s USB port. It didn’t take too long to install on the phone, but after installation, it had to restore the apps, music, photos, etc. back onto the iPhone, I think it did some sort of erase and install procedure.
I have been playing around a lot with it now, and I have to say I am impressed! The thing I like the most is the ‘Notifications Centre,’ it works seamlessly in the background, and therefore doesn’t interrupt you whilst working or gaming on the phone. The idea of simply dragging a finger down the screen to show important notifications is far better than an annoying blue box popping up in your face.
As you know, I am a keen photographer, and the improvements made to the camera bit of the software is amazing. Accessing the camera from the lock screen means I can take photos quicker, for those moments that don’t last very long. (Gosh! I sound like one of the presidents of Apple!) Anyway, I also think the auto enhancement and crop tools are fabulous. To be able to quickly edit a snapshot, and upload it to the web (in seconds) is something that impresses me. Also, with Twitter integration, sharing thoughts is quicker and easier. I also like iMessages, like Viber or WhatsApp, it just knows who has it.
With iOS 5 also comes iCloud. It is something I still have to play around with, however, it seems to do the trick with accessing files of any kind from anywhere. I am happy Apple introduced the idea of ‘Find my Mac’ as well, even though I just tried to locate it, and it didn’t work (possibly because it is not connected to a wireless.) It now seems that everything is accessed via iCloud rather than Mobile Me. It is vital with iCloud you have access to a WiFi network, unfortunately in my halls and uni, they do not supply a WiFi connection, so iCloud, cannot really be used to the max.