Official List of New Features in iOS 5 [Full Changelog]

The major iOS update ‘iOS 5’ has been officially released for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 5 brings in lot of improvements, bug fixes and the update contains over 200 new features. Some of the great new features include the Notification Center, iMessage, Newsstand, Reminders, built-in Twitter Integration, camera and photo enhancements, iCloud support, Siri voice assistant, Over the air updates, Wireless syncing, etc.


Complete List of iOS 5 New Features

This update contains over 200 new features, including the following:

  • Notifications

– Swipe from the top of any screen to view notifications in one place with Notification Center

– New notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen

– View notifications from lock screen

– Slide the notification app icon to the right on the lock screen to go directly to the app

  • iMessage

– Send and receive unlimited text, photo, and video messages with other iOS 5 users

– Track messages with delivery and read receipts

– Group messaging and secure encryption

– Works over cellular network and Wi-Fi*

  • Newsstand

– Automatically organizes magazine and newspaper subscriptions on Home Screen

– Displays the cover of the latest issue

– Background downloads of new issues

– Reminders for managing to do lists

– Syncs with iCloud, iCal and Outlook

– Location-based reminders when you leave or arrive at a location for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4

  • Built-in support for Twitter

– Sign-in once in Settings and tweet directly from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari and YouTube

– Add location to any tweet

– View twitter profile pictures and usernames in Contacts

  • Camera improvements for devices with cameras

– Double click the home button when device is asleep to bring up a camera shortcut on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)

– Volume Up button to take a picture

– Optional grid lines to line up shots

– Pinch to zoom in the preview screen

– Swipe to camera roll from preview screen

– Tap and hold to lock focus and exposure, iPad 2 and iPod touch (4th generation) only support exposure lock

  • Photo improvements for devices with cameras

– Crop and rotate

– Red eye removal

– One tap enhance

– Organize photos into albums

  • Mail improvements

– Format text using bold, italic, or underlined fonts

– Indentation control

– Drag to rearrange names in address fields

– Flag messages

– Mass mark messages as flagged, read or unread

– Customize mail alert sounds


  • Calendar improvements

– Year view on iPad and new Week view for iPhone and iPod touch

– Tap to create an event

– View and add event attachments

  • Game Center improvements

– Use personal photos for your Game Center account

– Compare your overall achievement scores with your friends

– Find new Game Center friends with friend recommendations and friends of friends

– Discover new games with custom game recommendations

  • AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S

  • Multitasking Gestures for iPad

– Use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen

– Swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar

– Swipe left or right to switch between apps

  • On-device setup, activation and configuration with Setup Assistant

  • Software updates available over the air without tethering

  • iCloud support

– iTunes in the Cloud

– Photo Stream

– Documents in the Cloud

– Apps and Books automatic download and purchase history

– Backup

– Contacts, Calendar, and Mail

– Find My iPhone

  • Redesigned Music app for iPad

  • Hourly weather forecast

  • Real-time stock quotes

  • Wireless sync to iTunes

  • Keyboard improvements

– Split keyboard for iPad

– Improved autocorrection accuracy

– Improved Chinese and Japanese input

– New Emoji keyboard

– Personal dictionary for autocorrection

– Optionally create keyboard short cuts for frequently used words

  • Accessibility improvements

– Option to light LED flash on incoming calls and alerts for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4

– Custom vibration patterns for incoming calls on iPhone

– New interface for using iOS with mobility-impairment input devices

– Option to speak a selection of text

– Custom element labeling for VoiceOver

  • Exchange ActiveSync improvements

– Wirelessly sync tasks

– Mark messages as flagged, read or unread

– Improved offline support

– Save a new contact from a GAL service

  • More than 1,500 new developer APIs

  • Bug fixes

Products compatible with this software update:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 2
  • iPad
  • iPod touch (4th generation)
  • iPod touch (3rd generation)

* Normal carrier data rates may apply. Messages will be sent as SMS when iMessage is unavailable, carrier messaging fees apply.

This is the official changelog of iOS 5 provided by Apple.

Also See: iOS 5 Available Now [Direct Download Links]


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

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