June 9, 2011
Apple and sites such as AppAdvice have spent the past three days highlighting the most significant aspects of iOS 5, which arrives to consumers this fall. However, we thought we’d highlight two additional features some might have missed. First, gesturing is back. First appearing in the first iOS 4.3 beta, gesturing was not part of the final iOS 4.3 release. However, now it is back in iOS 5, at least in its first beta. According to the Apple site:
iOS 5 includes a few new moves and shortcuts to help you get around even quicker on your iPad: Using four or five fingers, swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar, pinch to return to the Home screen, and swipe left or right to switch between apps.This is a terrific tool, especially on the iPad. Not only does it make it easier to move back and forth between apps, but it's fun to use too. Second is the introduction of an LED flash for alerts such as iMessages. Available in the Settings app under General > Accessibility, the option makes the iPhone 4’s camera flash blink when new alerts are received. We’ve tested this feature and it works as expected. Check out this video: Gesturing and the LED flash are just two of the less advertised features of iOS 5. We’ll keep you updated when we uncover more. What do you think? Leave your comments below.