Tuesday, November 15, 2011

10 Reasons why you need to Upgrade ios5 for your ipad 2

1. Notifications

The new notifications feature is one of the biggest visual changes in iOS 5. Like copy/paste and multi-tasking, this is something users have wanted for quite some time. Although Apple owes much to Android, which pioneered the pull-down notifications concept, the implementation is pure Apple. What I like most about the new notification is how apps can finely tune how and what to show you. Likewise, giving notifications access to widgets like weather and the stock ticker make quick glances at the phone that much more effective.

2. Twitter at the Core

As we wrote earlier this year, Apple’s decision to integrate Twitter with iOS 5 makes it the de facto social network on iOS devices. The Twitter integration works quite well. We appreciate that the Twitter UI cultivated across the service carries over into iOS. It’s a testament to just Twitter’s iOS products that Apple has allowed some of those core UI features to become part of iOS proper. Twitter could be further integrated into apps. We would love to see Siri and Twitter hook up.

3. iMessage

Group messaging apps are not a new concept. One of the hallmark features of BlackBerry OS (when it’s working) is BBM, or BlackBerry Messenger. iMessage takes a BBM approach at group and text messaging, but the advantage is that it works across the 100 million-plus iOS devices. This means you can now send messages to individuals or groups from an iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. It works exactly like the standard MMS app on the iPhone and adds a new chat component to the iPad and iPod touch. iMessage isn’t revolutionary for those of us with unlimited texting plans — but for those of us on a budget, and iPod touch/iPad users, it completely opens up the communication experience.

4. Photo Editing

In iOS 5, Apple has integrated what should be called “iPhoto Touch” directly into the app. Rotating, cropping and making minor adjustments to photos is now a breeze. No third-party apps required.

5. Newsstand

With Newsstand, Apple’s fastidiousness about app subscription rules makes a lot more sense. For publishers that choose to use Apple’s subscription system, new issues are delivered to users in a more seamless and elegant way. The latest issues of magazines and newspapers I subscribe to are automatically delivered to Newsstand. Each Monday, the latest issue of The New Yorker is downloaded on my iPad, and my digital subscription to the New York Times is updated each day. This increases engagement, which is key for publishers who want to convert users into subscribers and push other products.

6. Find My Friends

Apple’s new Find My Friends app isn’t built into iOS 5 but it requires iOS 5 to work. It’s a cool feature that makes sharing where you are and what you are doing easy. Glenn Fleishman and I have complained about the process of adding friends to our “Find My Friends” social graph — but that is the point. By not using any existing network, it makes sharing location with select users hard to mess up. The killer feature of Find My Friends: using it at live events like concerts and conferences.

7. Better Camera Controls

The Photos app got an overhaul, but the camera is better too. Now users can access the camera button directly from the lock screen. Windows Phone made manufacturers include a dedicated camera button on their devices. This is almost as good. Also, props to Apple for finally letting us use the volume button to snap a photo without getting temporarily kicked out of the App Store.

8. iCloud

If iCloud succeeds, it might make us forget about the debacle that was MobileMe. Firstly, iCloud is about using an iOS device with no Mac required. It also means that backups of photos, documents and app settings can happen without having to think about them. The real test will be if Apple opens up iCloud to third-party apps. Dropbox is so awesome because it can be used by other apps to store and retrieve data. If iCloud could do that too, that would be huge.

9. iTunes in the Cloud/iTunes Match in the Cloud

iTunes Match won’t be available for a few more weeks, but I’ve been beta testing the service. It rocks. It’s great on the desktop, but iOS is where I really love it. All of my iTunes playlists and songs synced with iCloud (or purchased in iTunes) are available at a moment’s notice. I can stream a track if it isn’t on my device, or I can download a track or playlist for offline playback.

10. Wi-Fi Sync

No more searching for the iPod USB cable! iOS now allows users to sync their devices with a local iTunes account over Wi-Fi. The sync can even be configured with an AirPort Express. Syncing via iCloud is also possible. The advantage: iCloud lets users automatically download apps across devices (including in iTunes) across devices. That means thatdownloading an app on my Mac installs it on my iPhone and iPad too.

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