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Feature Creep: Is iOS 5 too bloated?
by on July 12, 2011

With iOS 5 b3 released yesterday, we’re ever so slowly edging closer to the final Gold Master and ultimate public release of iOS 5. In the past few weeks I’ve been playtesting the latest and greatest, I’ve often found myself frustrated and annoyed with the platform, and not necessarily because of its inherent bugginess or stability. After all, it’s beta software and there is always something wrong.

My biggest issue with … Read More

iOS 5 Beta 3: New Assistive Touch Feature
by on July 11, 2011

iOS 5 Beta 3 has activated a new feature for the iPad called “Assistive Touch”. While the feature has been present in previous Betas, it was not until Beta 3 that the feature was actually activated.

Assistive Touch is an accessibility function which is meant to provide users who are having difficulties with the regular iPad gestures and buttons with additional interactivity.

A new settings menu under “Accessibility” enables users to activate … Read More

iOS 5 Beta 3 Now Available To Developers

Today Apple released the third beta of iOS 5 to developers. A new version of iTunes 10.5 beta 3 and Xcode 4.2 Developer Preview 3 was also released.

iOS 5 beta 3 build 9A5259f includes the following changes:

iMessage beta 3 will be unable to communicate with iMessage users on beta 1. It works between beta 3 and beta 2.
Sending an MMS of large videos does not work.
FaceTime icon is missing in Settings … Read More

iOS 5 Beta 2: Upcoming Calendar Events In Notification Center
by on June 27, 2011

With the release of iOS 5 Beta 2, a few new features were revealed. The one feature that everyone got excited about was the ability to now do WiFi Sync. However a new subtle, but useful, update also came to the Notification Center.

The Notification Center is iOS 5 Beta 2 now shows users their upcoming calendar events. In other words, instead of launching your Calendar to view events, you can … Read More

iOS 5 Beta 2 Now Available To Developers
by on June 24, 2011

Today Apple released the second beta of iOS 5 to developers. A new version of iTunes 10.5, beta 2, was also released.

iOS 5 beta 2 build 9A5248d includes the following changes:

Wireless syncing has been enabled for Mac OS X computers (requires OS X 10.6.8 or Lion)

You will see an option to enable wireless syncing when you connect your device to iTunes with the USB cable. It is recommended you … Read More

iOS 5: Google Maps Gets Routes And Printing Features
by on June 11, 2011

If you’re using the iOS 5 beta, and you use Maps on your iOS device, you’ll love the new features in Google Maps.


With the updated iOS 5, users can now choose between multiple routes when traveling to a destination. When you set up a route in Maps, you are presented with at least one or two routes to get to where you want to go. On the map you’ll see … Read More

iOS 5: iPod App Overhauled, Renamed To Music
by on June 10, 2011

For those using the new iOS 5 beta, you may have noticed that you no longer have an “iPod” app on your iPad. Instead, the old iPod app is now simply called “Music”.

New iOS 5 Music icon

The new Music app stores all the same content as before and can still be organized using artists, playlists, albums, songs, and so on. However, the app has been completely … Read More

iOS 5: New Keyboard Undock & Split Feature
by on June 9, 2011

With the release of the iOS 5 beta, Apple has updated the iPad keyboard to enable users to undock and split the keyboard in either landscape or portrait orientation!

In any app where the keyboard can be used, users can now undock and split the keyboard for easier typing with two thumbs. This is especially useful when holding the iPad in portrait, since now you don’t have to uncomfortably stretch your … Read More

Apple Confirms ‘iCloud’ & iOS 5 At WWDC 2011
by on May 31, 2011

This morning, Apple announced that the company is set to introduce iOS 5 and a new cloud service called “iCloud” at this year’s WWDC on Monday June 6.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software – … Read More

WiFi Issues Are Back To Torture iPad Users On iOS 4.3.3
by on May 12, 2011

According to reports on Apple’s online support forums, many iPad users are reportedly having trouble connecting to WiFi hotspots.

Apparently after updating to iOS 4.3.3, an iPad connected to a WiFi network may start spontaneously dropping connections, repeatedly disconnecting and reconnecting, or failing to connect at all.

Other reports point to the WiFi status as being misreported by showing a WiFi connection but not actually being connected. While … Read More