Apple latest major upgrade to iOS is now available for public consumption. The latest iteration comes with a flurry of changes, over 200 new features in fact, which I thankfully will not review in its entirety. The Next Web pretty much did that already, so read that instead if you prefer.
Anyhow, here are some neat features you should definitely check out.
Do Not Disturb
I’ve had this weird habit where I turn off wifi on my iPod Touch before I go to sleep every night, lest some unruly notification shows up and wakes me from my slumber. Do Not Disturb is exactly what I’ve been needing.
Foremost, you can schedule a regular period every day, like when you go to sleep, when you would like iOS to silence all incoming messages to your device. Or, if you’re at the library or simply do not want any distractions during your day, simply toggle Do Not Disturb on in your Settings app. It would be nice to configure a more advanced scheduled quiet hours though. For instance, during the weekends, I might have different sleeping hours.
Anyhow, this is by far one of my favorite new features in iOS. It has taken something I manually do every day and automated it completely (mostly).
Updating apps no longer require a password
This was a close second behind Do Not Disturb. If you’re like me, I hate entering my Apple ID password every time an app needs to be updated. I wonder if this is also the case for the Mac App Store…
Notification bubble on Reminders
I have a love/hate relationship with apps that utilize notification bubbles. I love it because it lets me know whenever something new is available which I should check out. I hate it because it lets me know whenever something new is available which I should check out.
The worst criminals are those blasted news reader apps that constantly remind me of the hundreds, if not thousands, of unread articles I have. With todo/reminder apps on the other hand, notification bubbles are a useful enhancement. Which was why it always puzzled me as to why Reminders lacked that basic functionality since its release.
Insert photos/videos directly within email
Show of hands…how many of you hate opening Photos just to email a photo of video you’ve just taken?
Simply tap once into the body of your email message, whereupon a popover should appear. Tap the arrow, and then select “Insert photo or video.”
It seems like such a basic functionality to have in an email client, almost akin to copy and paste before iOS 3.0. Yes, Android fans will have a field day listing the many capabilities their beloved email app is capable of doing for the last X years. I’ll let them win that argument…for now.
That’s it??? Come on! Show me more!
Macstories has a similar article where they mention some of the hidden features you probably don’t know about.