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The secrets inside iOS 5Brian Tong shows you the secret features inside iOS 5 that Apple hasn't shown to the public.
Hey, guys. Brian Tong here with CNET.com and Apple recently announced some of the new features that we can expect to see in iOS 5 for iDevices when it's released this fall, but we have the developer version so we wanted to show you some of the hidden features in iOS 5 you might not know about. Now, customization has always been one of iOS's weaker points and they are bringing widgets but there are other ways to trick out your phone. How about keyboard shortcuts? Go into General, enter Keyboard Settings, and you can now create a shortcut you type in that will display a phrase to make life a whole lot easier. Apple's also improved the accessibility options that can be helpful for all of us. You can turn on the LED flash for alerts, but you can also turn on custom vibrations on your iPhone. Now, it's not what you think so you guys can stop giggling. Now, go to Sounds and find Vibration Patterns. You have the ability to enter and use pre-made ones or create your own custom vibration by tapping on the screen for a contact that you know is more important than others. Now, on the iPad, you can also use a custom gesture to open different menus on your screen by turning on Assistive Touch. At the moment, you can't assign it to unlock your screen or launch any apps but it's probably coming in the future, and the multitouch gestures we've seen from previous builds have returned in iOS 5. The notifications center is one of the big revamps and you can create the alert style if it's more important, the option to view it in your lock screen, and how many notifications show up at one time. You also have the option to purchase more ringtones or alert tones in the preferences. If you check out the photo app, it allows you to create albums on your iDevice and also move photos into different albums. Safari, the web browser, has a nice option that allows you to open a new page in the background instead of interrupting the current window you're viewing, and the weather app has a panel for your local weather instead of adding a new one for every city you visit, and for all you sketchy people with something to hide, you will now be able to delete individual calls from your call list. Plus, one of the biggest ones you can't see right now, iOS 5 supports 1080p video playback which sets them up for better video output directly to TV sets and higher resolution displays for future iDevices. Now, there's plenty of other features buried in here but we wanted to show you a few of them that you can expect to see in the fall. I'm Brian Tong with your First Look at some of the hidden features in iOS 5. Use it wisely.