iOS 5

Get iOS 5 Features Now: Reminders (No Jailbreak)

Apple promises to help organize your life into a series of to-do lists with the Reminders feature coming this fall in iOS 5. Integration with the mobile operating system on your iPhone or iPad sounds great, but if you don't want to wait for iOS 5 you can have this functionality right now.

Wunderlist and Dont Forget the Milk Reminder apps

There are two popular apps available on the Apple App Store that can be installed free and will help you use your iOS device to create reminders and task lists today. Both apps are found in the Productivity section of the App Store. First we'll discuss Wunderlist, which has companion apps for desktop computers and even a web app that syncs with your lists.

Get iOS 5 Features Now: Contact Photos in Messaging

One of the features coming to iOS 5 this fall spruces up the Messages app by adding contact photos directly to text messages. A chat in progress, especially with group messaging where multiple people are involved, is much easier to follow with everyone's picture displayed.

iPhone Cydia app ChatPic

To get this feature now, you must jailbreak your iPhone to install the Cydia app store. Open Cydia and navigate to Sections -> Tweaks to find the app called ChatPic, or search directly for the title using the search function.

Get iOS 5 Features Now: Wireless Wi-Fi Syncing

Finding your USB cable and plugging in the iPhone to a computer to sync can be a hassle. iOS 5 will allow users to sync wirelessly on a Wi-Fi network, but the new operating system isn't due for release until later this year. Luckily for those with jailbroken devices Wi-Fi syncing in possible right now.

wireless syncing iPhone

The Cydia app is named Wi-Fi Sync, and it can be found using the search function or by navigating to Sections -> Networking. The package costs $9.99 and can be paid for using Cydia's app store which accepts payments from PayPal and Amazon Payments.

Get iOS 5 Features Now: Custom Vibration Patterns

Everyone is waiting for iOS 5 to be released so they can enjoy all of the new features coming to Apple mobile devices. One of these features allows iPhone owners to tap out custom vibration alerts. This is useful because different contacts or types of notifications will vibrate in a specific pattern.

Cydia app Vibrafications free

You can know who's calling right away without even looking at the iPhone screen. If you have already jailbroken your iPhone this feature can be installed now, without waiting for iOS 5.

Get iOS 5 Features Now: Improved Camera and Photo Editing

Unlike many of the iOS 5 features you can get right now, enhancing your camera app or editing photos directly on your iPhone does not require jailbreaking your device. There are two applications that can be installed from the Apple App Store that provide the functionality of iOS 5 Camera and Photo app improvements and more.

iPhone camera enhancement Photoshop Camera Plus

First we'll start with taking pictures and recommend the Camera+ app for $0.99. Not only will Camera+ take better photos than the stock Camera app, it adds features that are not even included in iOS 5. Open the app and you'll see grid lines that help compose the shot and a simple zoom slider on the right.


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