iOS 5 has been out for a weekend and it’s been one of the most successful product launches ever. In fact, one UK network said it had the largest traffic spike in its history when Apple released the ‘evolutionary’ (rather than revolutionary) OS. Though the software is great and went through 8 beta stages, the software still contains some bugs that need to be squashed in order to make a truly seamless and enjoyable experience for normal and power users alike.
1. Split Screen Keyboard in iMessage
This bug is particularly annoying, especially when I’m trying to respond to reader messages whilst thumb-typing on my iPad. Below is a screenshot of the error. I find that messages within iMessage hide behind the split screen keyboard and are almost impossible to read. This only happens in the split screen version of the keyboard.
2. No way to hide Newsstand
I know how many people love to read news on their iPhone, and people already know how to put Newsstand in a folder, but there should be a way to disable the feature. Unlike the App Store and iTunes, I doubt that everyone wants digital publications on their iDevices. So, why disable the ability to get rid of it? There’s no on-off switch for Newsstand. There should be one. There’s a image below of Newsstand in a folder.
3. No 3G On/Off toggle on iPhone 4S
Whether you call this one a bug, an accident or whether it was done on purpose, it isn’t fair. Until now, there’s always been a toggle for 3G in Settings since the iPhone 3G. But a new ‘feature’ of the iPhone 4S is no 3G toggle switch. It’s the weirdest thing. It is in the Settings app on the iPhone 4, but not on the 4S. Apple – even though you lengthened the battery time, that doesn’t mean power-users don’t want to get the most out of their battery. On the left is a screenshot taken on the iPhone 4, on the right is a 4S. I often switch off my 3G to ensure my phone fuel lasts a little longer, with the 4S I don’t have that luxury.
People are also saying that the iPhone 4S is experiencing poor battery life. I for one am not experiencing this, however it might be due to people not fully charging (or discharging) their battery when they got it. This usually helps out the battery life-span on any product. I’ve also experienced one where I had to reset my network settings in order for Siri to work properly. Siri said it was unable to connect to Apple’s servers. So I reset the settings and Siri worked like a charm. Others still are reporting that Google Voice was pulled from the App Store, because of incompatibility with iOS 5 (it kept crashing on the login screen).
Other than those few bugs, iOS 5 is pretty solid. It looks great, runs great, and has awesome new features that are useful for every iDevice owner. Are you experiencing any bugs in the new OS? Share them with us in the comments or by tweeting @jakezarobsky.