iOS 5 introduced Private Browsing, which can be set via Settings » Safari.
To tell whether you have Private Browsing turned on when using Safari on an iOS device, the chrome around the browser window will be black. When Private Browsing is turned off, it's the standard bluish-gray.
[crarko adds: A useful find, and I admit I hadn't noticed the addition. I always used a third party browser if I wanted this feature.]
The old tap and drag to mass select photos has been reassigned to rearranging photos. So it isn't obvious how to select large groups of photos anymore. Many people have commented on the Apple Discussion Forums having trouble with this.
The new method is simple but not so intuitive. Just use two fingers, close together to tap on a photo, hold for a second and then drag across all the photos you want to select.
It works just like the old method, just needs two fingers instead of one.
[crarko adds: I tried this with the iPhone but I think you'd need far smaller fingers than mine to do this.]
After a quick Google search (as well as on macosxhints.com), I'm sharing this feature I discovered by accident. If your iOS 5 device is locked and you receive a notification, you can swipe the notification instead of the 'Slide to Unlock' widget, and you will be automatically directed to the related app. If you have a passcode, you'll still be prompted to enter it.
I've tested this on the following devices:
iPhone 4 with iOS 5.0.1
iPhone 3GS with iOS 5.0
iPad 2 with iOS 5.0.1 in both portrait and landscape mode
[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described.]
Sometimes when I browse through the web on my iPad, I need to know todays date.
Unfortunately, iOS 5 has no way to show the date without quitting the current app to have a look at the Calendars icon. As there is no jailbreak yet for iOS 5 on iPad2 I was looking how this could be achieved using the Notification Center in iOS 5.
You need to create a new iCloud calendar which has an all-day event for everyday which tells the current date. Of course, this is a tedious task if you need to create an event for everyday.
So I made an AppleScript where you can select a range of dates for which those events will be created.
By default it creates the Events in an calendar called 'Todayis.' Please create this Calendar on iCloud before running the app, or your new calendar will end up on your Mac. The name of the calendar can be changed if you want to add the events to your default calendar. You will be prompted for a calendar name when running the script.
This should work as well on the iPhone, but I have no iOS5 capable phone to hand.
[crarko adds: I tested the script using a shared Mobile Me calendar, and it works that way as well. It also is good on the iPhone, as expected. One caveat is that the script download is runtime only, so the script source is not available. Also, when the script is run it ends by sending you to a donation web page. This is just voluntary, but if that sort of thing annoys you you may wish to create your own script.]
I stumbled upon this while dictating a text message to my daughter. You can use Siri on iPhone 4s to dictate emoticons in your text! I even tested this in the Notes app, so very likely this will work anywhere text can be dictated. Here are the basic ones I was able to use.
:-) = 'Smiley face.'
;-) = 'Winky face.'
:-( = 'Sad Face.'
Can anyone determine any others? I wasn't able to get 'Tongue Face' to work.
[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one. Hopefully Siri will never learn LOL-speech.]
Not sure if anyone else has seen this problem, but the atomic symbol for generating Genius lists disappeared from song titles on my iPhone 4 (in the Music app) after upgrading to iTunes Match.
Another weird behavior is that Genius lists I create on my MacBook Pro using iTunes do transfer to my iPhone via iTunes Match, but can't be refreshed on the iPhone.
[crarko adds: I don't use iTunes Match, so I can't test this. Please confirm (or deny) this odd behavior in the comments section. I haven't noticed a lot of other reports on this, so it's quite possible it's a unique situation with the hint's author. If so, anyone with an idea of what would cause this please chime in as well.]
We all know that the Home button is heavily used in iOS multi-tasking and app management. But at least some clicks can be saved under iOS 5.x.
With iOS 5 and its Notification Center, you'll be able to perform fewer Home button clicks.
Once you're satisfied with the multitask bar management or and icon moves or rearranging in the SpringBoard, there is no need to push the Home button as a last step. Just start to open (not completely) the Notification Drawer and let it go back to the top of the screen, and the edit mode will end.
Not a major hint, but maybe a longer lifespan for the Home button.
[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. That button is one of the few moving parts of an iOS device, so it's subject to wearing out eventually. I haven't heard of one doing so, but I'm sure it must have happened to somebody.]
This hint shows how to switch between daily and weekly forecasts in the iOS 5 Weather app.
When in the Notification Center you can switch between the daily and the weekly forecast by simply swiping left or right.
You can even switch the city displayed in the Weather app: in daily forecast mode tap on the city name, and the Weather app will open. Swipe to the city you want to have shown in the Notification Center. That's it. This only works if you have set 'Local weather' to off and you have at least two cities set up in the Weather app.
[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described.]
With the advent of iTunes Match and the iPhone's intelligent assistant, Siri, comes an interesting twist on the familiar.
Siri can play music for you from your Music app. That makes sense. What is more interesting, though, is that it can initiate a download for a song if it is only in the cloud, but not on your device.
I deleted my whole music library from my iPhone (having switched to Spotify) and wondered what Siri would do if I asked it to play me a song. I had iTunes Match turned on, and Siri started playing my iTunes Match library like it was on the iPhone. I tried throwing it off by asking it to play an artist that hadn't been downloaded, and it was able to pull down the track. How nifty!
[crarko adds: It does indeed sound quite nifty. Slightly, off-topic, when editing this hint I found the author continually using the pronoun 'she' when referring to Siri. Apple consistently uses 'it,' and I've edited this accordingly. My question to you all is, do you think of Siri as an 'it,' or a 'she?' There may be another poll coming about that, since I find it very interesting (and actually pretty cool) how we anthropomorphize these technologies.]
If you're a photographer, then you know that a cable release is a tool to take a picture without touching your camera. Now, the iPhone can do this, too.
iOS 5 introduced many new features for photographers. Among these is the ability to use the Volume up button to take photos. As a result, the Volume up button on your headphones also works to take photos! It seems perfectly obvious that it should after the fact, but it's not something most of us are likely to try.
This means, every iPhone includes a free cable realease. This is huge for an iPhone photographer because the current shutter buttons aren't very good for keeping your phone steady. Interestingly, I've found that it's often much easier to get burst shots when using my headphones compared to just the volume up key.
Perhaps the best part is that this can be paired with Bluetooth devices! I'm not sure if every headset with volume controls will work (as the buttons need to map correctly to the iPhone), but if a Bluetooth headset can increase the iPhone's volume it should work.
What I have been able to confirm so far is that a Bluetooth keyboard is perfectly capable of acting as a remote. In addition, Joseph Linaschke over at ApertureExpert.com has said that his Bluetooth headset works as well, but I'm not sure which model.
Using a wireless remote opens up even more possibilites, especially when considering that the remote will start and stop video capture, or take self portraits which don't have your arm in the photo.
Hope someone else will make use of this for their iPhone photos.
[crarko adds: This is a great find. Please share the results of your device testing in the comments.]