iOS 5 for iPhone and iPad walkthrough

Vote now for iOS feature of the year [2011 TiPb Awards]

iOS 5 is one of the biggest software updates Apple has ever released for their mobile operating system, with changes almost too many to enumerate (we've tried!).

Siri is the first step in taking the digital assistant out of sci-fi and into reality. iMessage bypasses the exorbitant carrier text charges and brings iOS users, all over the world, one step closer to BBM-like instant messaging. Notification Center finally brings iOS alerts out of the dark ages. Newsstand put most of our newspapers and magazines all in one place. PC-free along with Wi-Fi sync cuts the cord to iTunes and takes us to the iCloud, where all our data gets stored and pushed and backed up. Reminders brings task management to iOS. The camera app is now fast to access and faster to take shots with.

While there will always be features we wish for next time, from message previews to fast text response to themes to a whole lot more, this year, these are your choices.

Vote up top and tell us why you voted they way you did in the comments! These are your awards, so get to it!

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Sam Flomenberg says:

Why is Siri on this list? It's an iPhone 4S feature, not an iOS 5 feature.

Plarentinaa says:

Hi Frank,Is part of your cenommt based on the fact that phone companies have walled gardens for lots of their current content?FS Yes bro.I wonder if the iphone will allow users to install their own ringtones from the net/ or their ipods/or their computers?FS I think so.If yes, then this is likely to affect the sales of ringtones, plus perhaps other services that the phone companies currently charge for.Intewesting. FS very

i(Nsane)OS says:

I chose iMessage because it lets me chat with the whole world really quickly and I'm also able to communicate with my Twitter followers without paying International rates and without releasing my private contact info. It's really great! Siri, iCloud and Notification Center are great - but I can live without them. Huge texter here :)

Thomas Buckland says:

I just wish iMessage supported non-iOS devices

Yanni says:

Interesting comment, I guess you could look at that way. Well, I voted for notification center and looks like I just broke a tie in favor of notification center 31-32 so far.

Chris Matchett says:

I'd say notification centre is winning then cos Siri isn't a valid iOS option as it's only available on one of the many iOS devices.

Melwan says:

why is reminders listed twice?

TiNuts says:

I voted Siri only because finally adding a custom dictionary and the ability of the phone to "learn" words you use often.

TiNuts says:

Sorry, the custom dictionary and the ability to learn words wasn't an option to vote on.

ErgoOrgo says:

I think the useful criteria for deciding one's answer here is what has most affected, in a positive way, how one uses their iPhone. As someone still on the 3GS, things like Siri and the improved camera don't really affect me. The PC-cable independence (iCloud, PC-free, wireless sync) has been really welcome, but realistically only impacts on me if I were to lose my phone, or saving me the once a month when i probably bothered to hook up to the laptop. However, I use notification centre several times every day. No contest.

Guest says:

I vote for Apple putting together its very own patent troll shell company to sue everybody else, as reported by techcrunch.

Devon Henderson says:

I vote for people who criticize Apple and actually use a real Disqus account, not "Guest."

Ahmed says:

Siri. Thats something most improved feature of ios devices. And why i like it bcz it can do majority of arrangements as an efficient assistan.

Cgonel says:

It's not an IOS feature as much as it is software and "hardware" related. Siri shouldn't be on the list as all of the other options as software only enhancements.

cardfan says:

icloud easily. Though i don't use it for backups and it needs some work.
Notifications? Not so much. It needs a lot more options.

Ahmet says:

Dear Jake, I love your tips, your eiidtng and I love your look. I guess you could be more hard with Apple ( it's deserves ). That's it. Bye!

j7469 says:

Siri should be excluded since its on one device.

Thomas Buckland says:

Siri is not an iOS 5 feature. She's an iPhone 4S feature. and PC free is an illusion... PC free +$$ is what that one should read.

Thomas Buckland says:

iOS does not include Siri... it's only for iPhone 4S

Danny Michel says:

Something might be wrong when people are voting for a beta feature and not iMessage

Ginbill says:

I voted for Notification Center. I think it's great now. It will definitely be getting better over time. Like a fine wine. ;)

A.R. says:

I love Siri and I also love iTunes Match and the Notification Center. But what I REALLY love is the ability to completely remove the need to sync and update my iPhone via my computer. The ability to manage all the stuff on your iphone without the need for a traditional computer is what took iOS 5 to the next level.

cardfan says:

Not really. You need a computer if you want to manage video and other apps that need itunes.

MattC says:

Idiots. The piece of crap never works. All it's good for is displaying 'download failed'.

Byrneu71 says:

If Siri is here so should imatch

Avenged says:

I really do love almost all of these features way more than I should. However, Siri, Notification Center, PC Free, iTunes Match, and Reminders are my favorites. Camera improvements and iMessage also make my life much easier...

Thorasgar says:

How can closed platform dependent messaging apps make your life easier. Does everyone you know or will know own an iPhone? Keeping track of who is on what service would make my life more complicated.

Eduard van der Zwan says:

Siri is not functioning in my language so it lost for me from the notification center

Carioca says:

Siri is not an iOS feature, is an iPhone 4S feature.