We decided to put together a roughly eleven minute walkthrough video of iOS 5 for iPad’s most notable features. Our video covers Messages with the iMessage service, Notification Center, the brand new Music application, updated Safari, tweaked Mail, Twitter integration, updated Calendar, Settings, Reminders, the new keyboard, and more. This is, of course, all in addition to some great commentary.
On to iOS 5 itself, in the beta 1 stage, it is quite stable – compared to iOS betas that have come before it. The dual-core iPad 2 and A4-packed iPhone 4 feel even faster with this new operating system, and will likely be even snappier™ once this thing achieves Golden Master status. As you will see, our biggest gripe so far with the iPad version of iOS 5 are the widgets. Or the lack thereof. The iPhone version (way smaller display) houses two widgets: stocks and weather within the Notification Center. Apple could at least do this for the iPad.. or maybe they have something better up their sleeves to show off at their annual fall event.
Another thing is that is that there should be some sort of “read” system for users with iMessages and multiple devices. It’s quite annoying to have to clear iMessages on both your iPhone and iPad. It’s beta 1, so we’ll likely see several tweaks and new features over the course of Apple’s beta seeds into fall. Be sure to watch the full video above, check out our iPhone iOS 5 walkthrough, and ask questions about iOS 5 in the comments.- We’ll get to as many as we can.