iOS 5: What You Need to Know

→ by Geena Urango < @urango >
at 8:59am Oct 12, 2011

With Apple’s release of the iOS 5 today, people may be wondering how this operating is system is different than before. In order to help you make the transition with this new download, here are a few things you should know about the iOS 5 (featured in the Huffington Post article):


  • Over-the-air sync- You no longer have to immediately sync your device using a PC
  • Twitter integration- you can sign in to Twitter once, store your credentials on their mobile device and use those stored login data to Tweet from non-Twitter apps (without having to sign in)
  • New notification system- collects notices and stores them in a menu at the top of the screen
  • Upgraded Safari web browser- includes tabbed browsing and fast, smooth switching between windows
  • iMesseges- communication app similar to Blackberry Messenger for iOS devices
  • Reminders app- lets you store multiple lists, dates, assign location, etc. (sync with iCal)
  • Camera shortcut- will let you capture photos without having to unlock the screen and access the camera app
  • Mail- rich-text formatting (bold, underline, improved security, etc.), sync your mail accounts across all devices on iOS 5
  • Newsstand app- hub for your newspaper and magazine subscriptions, which will download new releases automatically
  • Find My Friends- allows you to share your location in real-time, as well as control when and with whom you’re sharing


To just name a few major changes, the iOS 5 system actually has over 200 new features. Make sure to update your iTunes to iTunes 5.0 so that you can download this new operating system.

iCloud away, Apple users!

About the Author: Geena Urango


Geena Urango is a graduate student at the University of Southern California. She is currently working on her Master's in Communication Management with an emphasis in Marketing. After finishing her 4 years of eligibility at USC playing for the Women's Volleyball team, she is now training for beach volleyball, and is currently on the USA Beach Volleyball U23 team. Aside from academics and athletics, Geena has had multiple internships in Marketing/PR and aspires to pursue a career in this field. Likes: traveling, mediterranean food, sandy beach hair. Dislikes: country music, bees, slow Internet