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iOS 5’s to-do manager is pretty basic, but may satisfy some users’ needs
At its core, the Reminders app that iOS 5 introduces is a simple task-management utility, designed to look like a sheet of loose-leaf paper. It offers basic functionality for entering tasks and to-dos, mixing in geolocation fun for good measure.
It’s not as fancy as various to-do list managers you’ll find in the App Store. Todo, Pocket Informant, and Smart Pad offer more features than what you’re likely to find in this built-in app. That said, Reminders provides enough basic functionality to satisfy iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad owners with less extensive task management needs.
Getting started with Reminders
To get started, tap the first empty row in the Reminders app to type in a new reminder; tap Return, and your new task is saved. Next to each task is a checkbox—tap it to complete your task.
Tap an individual task to tweak individual settings for this entry. You can adjust the name of the task, when it’s due, if it repeats, its priority, and general notes on the task. In addition, if you tap Remind Me, you can schedule time- and location-based reminders.
As the name might suggest, time-based reminders are scheduled by time. Location-based reminders, in contrast, allow you to set a place (either your current location or a pre-specified address from one of your contacts), and whether you’d like to be reminded of the task when you leave or when you arrive there.
The app will also let you set up recurring tasks. Tap Repeat, and you can schedule your task to repeat daily, weekly, every two weeks, monthly, or yearly. When you schedule reminders, they won’t show up on your iOS device’s calendar, though you can pull them up in iCal (they’re saved as Reminders there; as Tasks in other calendar programs).
Reminders Tips and Tricks
By default, Reminders displays your tasks in a simple list, sorted only by task entry time. A second viewing option—Date—lets you browse only those tasks with reminders set for a specific day. Again, those tasks are sorted by the time you entered them; if you add a task with an earlier due date (or higher priority) after a different task, the more-urgent task is still listed after the less-urgent one.
If you want to remove a task, tap on it to enter the editing screen and then tap the Delete button, and, lastly, tap Delete a second time to confirm the deletion. You can also check off the unwanted task to remove it from your Reminders list.
Reminders lets you create multiple lists. For example, you might use one list for grocery shopping and a second one for home-improvement tasks. On the iPad, the names of your lists remain visible at all times; iPhone and iPod touch users need to tap a Lists icon in the upper left corner to reveal their assorted lists.
To create a new list, first tap the Edit button and then tap Create New List. If you’ve told your iCloud account to sync Reminders, you can choose whether each new list is device-specific or stored with iCloud instead. When you’ve created multiple lists, you can swipe sideways to flip through them on the iPhone. On the iPad, it’s possible to tap directly to the list from a sidebar.
iOS 5.1 is the next major update to Apple’s latest mobile operating system iOS 5.
iOS 5 was released on October 12, 2011, right before the iPhone 4S arrived. Since then, Apple has released iOS 5.0.1 which was supposed to fix battery life issues, but hasn’t solved them for all users.
The next big software update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch is iOS 5.1. This update is expected to contain a number of bug fixes, another attempt at battery life fixes and most exciting — possible Siri updates to enhance the app.
iOS 5.1 Release Date
iOS 5.1 was released to Apple developers on November 28th, 2011. This beta has been in the hands of developers for a week now, but Apple has not made an official iOS 5.1 release date announcement.
Because Apple wants to fix the pervading battery issues, we expect that Apple will push the iOS 5.1 release out sooner rather than later. It is very likely that Apple will release iOS 5.1 before the end of December.
If things go well during the testing with developers, we may see iOS 5.1 released as early as next week.
Stay tuned for more iOS 5.1 release details as they are announced.
iOS 5.1 Features
One of the biggest targets for Apple is to fix the elusive iPhone 4S battery issues.
Reports suggest that iOS 5.1 hasn’t fixed the iPhone 4S battery life issues that have been hampering the iPhone 4S for a number of users, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a fix in here for some users.
Or at least Apple’s latest attempt to fix the battery life bug.
New Keyboard in Mail
Another new feature is a slightly redesigned keyboard in the mail. This change is visible in the recipient field of the Mail app, where you now have access to an @ symbol to speed up entering email addresses.
iTunes Match Over 3G
New to iOS 5.1 is the ability to sync and stream your iTunes Match music over 3G. This is a handy feature, but could quickly eat through the data plans of many users, so be sure that you use this feature wisely.
Siri App Control
The most exciting iOS 5.1 feature that has been rumored is the ability to do more with Siri. We have yet to see anything about this in the iOS 5.1 beta, but Apple could be sharing this feature with just a few developers right now.
Reportedly, Siri will soon be able to perform the following actions.
- Interact with Apps – like to do apps.
- Turn Bluetooth and WiFi on and off
- Capture a video or photo
While it would be awesome to see these features in December, Apple may hold off on updating Siri until next year.
What Devices will run iOS 5.1
Like the iOS 5 upgrade, the iOS 5.1 update will work on the following devices.
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4
- iPad 2
- iPod Touch 3rd and 4th Generation
Even the iPhone 3GS, which is more than two years old, handles this new operating system well.
iOS 5.1 Upgrade
Like the iOS 5.o.1 update that was released on November 10th, we expect to see iOS 5.1 available as a downloadable over the air update.
All you should need to do is connect to WiFi, download the update and wait for it to install. You should make sure you have a backup though.
iOS 5.1 and iPhone 4S Jailbreak
If you have been following the status of the iPhone 4S Jailbreak, you’ll know that progress has been made, and the iPhone 4S has been jailbroken.
Unfortunately, the iPhone 4S jailbreak is not available to the general public yet. We recommended staying away from iOS 5.0.1 if you want to jailbreak, because it may patch holes that iPhone hackers use to jailbreak your iPhone.
There is no official word from the iPhone Dev Team or the Chronic Dev Team, but if you do want to jailbreak your iPhone 4S, you may want to pass on the iOS 5.1 update.
Waiting shouldn’t be that hard to do, unless the Siri integration is really available.
Apple has today released its iOS 5.0.1 update (build 9A405) to address battery issues, add multitouch gestures to the iPad 1 and more. The update is now available in iTunes, and is also available over-the-air to existing iOS 5 users.
Some users may not see the over-the-air update immediately, so either be patient or just use the iTunes update method. We recommend waiting and doing the update OTA because the update experience is much quicker this way, due to the smaller size of the update file (the iPad 2?s update is only 34.9MB OTA), and very slick.
The fixes that are listed are:
- Fixes bugs affecting battery life
- Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
- Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
- Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation
Apple has also included an explicit fix for the security issue discovered by security researcher Charlie Miller just a few days ago. In addition, there is a fix for the iPad Smart Cover security glitch, which would allow users access to your last running app.
To get the update now, plug your device into iTunes and click update, or if you’re already on iOS 5, you can go to Settings>General>Software Update to update your device.
Apple iOS 5 one of the best features is iMessage. it allows the iDevices users to communicae with each other using their Apple ID over 3G or WiFi.
What I need to do in-order to activate it?
Nothing, simply nothing all. You can activate iMessage by tap or slide it over to turn iMessage on.
In this case, there are multiple email addresses where I can be reached for iMessage at. If a family member contact me to the first email and college buddy contact me to the second email and both of them using iMessage, I will get those message on my iPhone or any other device where this email assigned to.
Also, you will be able to set the caller ID of for your iMessage identity, either it could be phone number, or the selected email, but it’s preferred to be an e-mail.
Now you are ready to use your iMessage!!
Now watch the following videos to see a comparison between both SMS and iMessage and also how to use iMessage:
Adobe has finally figured out how to deliver Flash video to Apple’s iOS devices, including iPhone and iPad. The company announced on Friday the release of Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5, which makes it possible for content providers to use Flash to deliver video streams to many platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows, OS X, and more.
We should note right at the top that Adobe is not announcing (or delivering) Flash support on iOS devices. Apple has chosen not to support Flash on its mobile devices, citing a variety of issues centered around performance and battery life. Instead, Apple supports HTTP Live Streaming, which is what YouTube and other video streaming sites use to deliver their content to iPhones and iPads.
What Adobe has done with Flash Media Server 4.5 is add in support for HTTP Live Streaming so that content providers can use the software to deliver their video streams in whatever form the user’s device supports. If a Mac or PC with Flash installed calls up the video stream, it will automatically be delivered via Flash. If an iOS device calls up the video stream, Adobe’s software will deliver it via HTTP Live Streaming, all without the content provider having to worry their pretty little heads about it.
This is significant for Adobe, because it removes a reason for its customers to leave Flash behind entirely as the needs of iOS device owners increasingly dictate online standards. The company has simultaneously increased the relevancy of Flash, but has done so in a way that keeps the burden of supporting the technology on the server side.
Please note (again) that this is not the same thing as “Flash on your iPhone.” Today’s announcement has nothing to do with playing Flash games on your iOS device or viewing other interactive Flash content. It is instead about delivering streaming video in a format that is already supported by iOS
Apple is planning to include face detection capabilities in the next version of its smartphone/tablet platform, iOS 5, 9to5Mac has discovered.
It is too early to tell exactly how the face recognition in iOS 5 will work, but it appears Apple plans to open it up to developers via several API controls, including a call for recognizing the position of the person’s eyes and mouth. This means that in the future we’ll be seeing iOS apps utilizing face detection from third-party developers and possibly from Apple itself.
The technology behind this feature probably comes from Polar Rose, a Swedish face recognition company, which Apple acquired in 2010.
Check out this video showcasing an augmented reality app called Recognizr, which Polar Rose co-developed.
Scott Forstall has just taken the WWDC 2011 stage and details about the changes and improvements iniOS 5 are flowing thick and fast. Keep one tab in your browser locked to this post as we update it with all the new features, and throw another one open for our liveblog where you’ll get to see and read the very latest as it happens.