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iOS 5: One Week Later

by Jon Rettinger | June 13, 2011June 13, 2011 1:41 pm PDT

I’ve been using iOS 5 on my iPhone 4 as my daily driver for a week now, and every day I notice one of those of those 200+ new features.  If you’ve been following the site, you’ll know that I’ve been recording my findings (1,2, 3, and 4) both good and bad.  For those of you waiting for the official software upgrade, or have your eyes on an iPhone 5 (or 4S), keep reading.

  • I’ve used the 1st beta versions of iOS 3 and 4, and 5 is by far the most stable.  The only real glitch I’ve notices is a few second delay on opening the camera application.
  • Battery life has not been stellar.  I’m looking at about 10-15% battery life hit over where I was on the latest build of iOS 4. Here’s hoping subsequent beta releases improve this.
  • LED notifications (using the camera flash)  are a bit of a novelty and battery drain. Although they are a welcome addition to the hearing impaired.  (Found under settings-Accessibility)
  • Using the pull down for notifications has become second nature, and really improves the overall OS experience.
  • There is a delay of several minutes between when an e-mail arrives in my phones inbox and when the home-screen notification shows up.
  • I’m having huge bluetooth issues.  The phone connects without any problems, but when a call comes in, there is a 30-second delay between answering it and when the audio starts piping through. This has been tested on two bluetooth headsets and two car systems.

Overall, I’ve really been impressed with the OS stability.  It looks like Apple kept their first beta build in the oven a bit longer than in generations past.  Stay tuned for more updates.

Jon Rettinger

Jon, perhaps best known by his YouTube alter ego Jon4Lakers, has a love for technology that can never be quenched, no matter how hard he tries. If...