The Ultimate List of New iOS 5 Features

When Apple unveiled iOS 5 last Monday, Steve Jobs mentioned that their new OS for mobile devices included 200 new features. 10 of them were demo’d on stage, but what happens to the 190 remaining features?

Apple didn’t give us a list of these 200 features, so it was left to beta testers to find them out by themselves. After spending almost a week with iOS 5, we’ve compiled the most comprehensive list of new iOS 5 features to date. This list counts 121+ new iOS 5 features, both documented and undocumented…

The way Apple counts “new features” can be a little redundant. For example, Twitter integration is not just 1 feature but it covers several of them (ie. Twitter for maps, Twitter for Safari, etc…), so technically, there aren’t really 200 new features.

Notifications (full details)

Twitter Integration (full details)

  • Single sign on
  • Install Twitter from Settings app
  • Tweet a location in Maps
  • Tweet a picture from the camera roll
  • Tweet a link from Safari
  • Tweet a video from YouTube
  • Apply your friends’ Twitter usernames and pictures to contact
  • Special keyboard when using the Twitter integration

PC Free and iCloud

  • New welcome screen when you first turn on your device
  • Activate device without a computer
  • Update device OTA
  • Backup settings
  • Backup photos
  • Backup purchased music, apps, and books
  • Backup app data
  • Backup homescreen and app organization
  • Backup Text Messages and MMS
  • Backup ringtones
  • Restore from iCloud
  • Automatic downloads
  • Past purchases
  • Sync bookmarks, highlights, etc in iBooks across devices
  • Sync documents (ie Pages, Keynote, etc) across devices and machines
  • Check app usage
  • Option to buy more storage


  • iMessage
  • Set specific SMS ringtones to contacts
  • Text Messages show a green bubble
  • iMessages show a blue bubble
  • Send pictures and videos with iMessage
  • See when people are typing an iMessage
  • Enable Read Receipts for iMessage in Settings
  • Repeat alerts up to 10 times
  • Use Apple ID to activate Facetime and iMessages on iPhone

Camera and Photos




  • Local weather
  • Weather hour by hour
  • Swipe the weather widget in Notification Center to see 5 day forecast

Phone & Contacts


  • Year view on iPad in landscape mode
  • Week view on iPhone in landscape mode
  • Tap to create a new event
  • Tap and drag to adjust time and duration of an event
  • Add, rename, and delete calendars from the device
  • View event attachments
  • In day view, swipe left or right to go to next or previous day
  • In month view, tap and hold a day to add a new event
  • Select tone for calendar alerts in Settings app

Game Center

  • Add a profile picture
  • Make your profile private or public
  • Friends recommendations
  • New games suggestions
  • New games downloads
  • New achievements scores
  • New notification sound

Music App


New Apple Apps


Multitasking Gestures (iPad Only)

  • Swipe up with 4 fingers to show the app switcher
  • Pinch to return to home screen
  • Swipe left and right to switch between apps

AirPlay Mirroring

User Interface

  • New rounded toggles
  • Widgets (Stocks and Weather)
  • New Videos app and icon

Other Features

We need your help. If we missed something, please leave a comment below and we will add your findings to the list.