Last week, I upgraded the software on my iPhone 4 from iOS 4.something to the newest version (5.0.1). The new iOS adds a lot of great features that make the iPhone even easier to use. Here are some of the best features that I've noticed:
- In the text messaging application, the keyboard now moves out of the way when I'm not using it so that I can read more previous text messages. Finally!
- I can set a custom text tone (the sound that plays when a specific person sends a text message), and I can even use the custom ring tones that I set up. Finally! Also, I can set my alarm sounds to the custom ringtones.
- Text messages will appear on the screen even when the phone is locked. Finally!
- I can take a picture and control music playback right from the lock screen. (By double-tapping the Home button.)
Lastly, just before I upgraded to iOS 5.0.1, I had noticed a distinct drop in my iPhone's battery life. I know there were some problems with the iOS 5.0 battery life, but I started noticing battery life issues at the end of October, and I hadn't upgraded to iOS 5.0. Previously, the iPhone would have 30% - 20% of its life left by the time I plugged it in to charge at night. When the problem started, the iPhone was getting down to 5% - 10% of a charge by the same time. The good news is that the iOS 5.0.1 upgrade also fixed the issues that I was seeing with battery life.