A very cool, mostly overlooked feature introduced by iOS 5 is the ability to quickly see your photo roll within the camera app by just swiping right on top of the camera view.

That’s right. Take a picture then swipe right. You’ll them see your most recent photo. Swipe right again to view progressively older photos, or swipe left at the last photo to return to camera view.

I know, the photo roll icon is right there – but c’mon, this is cooler. Seems to work only within the camera app itself and not when other apps use the camera.

(And yes, I’m blatantly using the screenshots to show off my Halloween decor.)





iOS 5’s iMessage feature allows you to see whether the other person using an i-device (also with iOS 5) has received or even read your message. Heck, it even shows you whether the other person is typing!

However, the read / typing feature is turned off as default, and you’d only be able to see if your message was delivered.

To turn this feature on, simply go to Setting / Messages and turn on the “Send Read Receipts” option.


It’s lonely having the only iOS 5-equipped iPhone at the moment. My “Find My Friends” screen is spartan, empty, lonely.


I thought we were finished with the @me.com nonsense! Apparently not. This is the error message I got when trying to click on the Mail icon in iCloud (and also when trying to turn on Mail via the iCloud setting on my iPhone that had iOS 5 Gold Master pre-installed last weekend):

@me.com Address Needed
To use iCloud Mail, create an
@me.com email address by
turning on Mail in your iCloud
settings using iOS or OS X.

iCloud.com still needs @me.com to use Mail

iCloud.com just went live! Some screenshots:

iCloud log-in screen

iCloud sign-in asking for language, time zone, photo

iCloud: showing mail / contacts / calendar / find my iPhone / iWork icons

Ah, so that’s how Photo Stream is gonna show up on my iPhone (and surely iPad too) and how it looks:



Still not sure what it’ll look like (nor where it’d be found) on the Mac. Stay tuned.

Where are thou, keyboard shortcuts? Although not as hard to find as the custom vibrations feature, iOS 5’s Keyboard Shortcut feature can still be difficult to find.

First, what are keyboard shortcuts? Ah, I’m sure we all have quick abbreviations we use with our significant others and friends. Like, “owh” or “wdyt.” You can now create custom keyboard shortcuts that expand “owh” to “On my way home!” or “wdyt” to “What do you think?” automatically.

Now, where is it? Um. See, that’s why I need this blog – to teach even myself!

Go to the Settings app, then General, then Keyboard. Scroll to the bottom and then you’ll see a list of (or just one) keyboard shortcuts as well as an option to create your own shortcut.


If you want to create your own shortcut, tap the “Add New Shortcut…” option and then you’ll see a screen asking you to create a phrase and the shortcut itself.


Tap Save and you’ve created your very first keyboard shortcut. Congratulations! Wdyt? Oops, I’d better enter that one into the list …

Ok, I’m back. Here’s a screenshot of the shortcut in action.


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