Safari, Mail, Calendar & Game Center Apps Get An Upgrade In iOS 5

iOS 5

Apple has also given mobile Safari, Mail, Calendar and Game Center apps an upgrade in iOS 5 that was unveiled at yesterday’s WWDC 2011 Keynote.

Apple has added new features and improvements to make these apps even better in iOS 5.

Mobile Safari

  • Mobile Safari gets a new feature called Safari Reader, which will display web articles without ads or clutter. The Reader button is available in the address bar. It also allows you to easily email the content of the web article to your friend rather than just the link of the article.
  • As rumored, Safari gets a feature called Reading List, which is like Instapaper, but a lot more seamless. You can save interesting articles to read them later in the Reading List, which are also instantaneously synced to your other iOS devices and even Safari on Mac or Safari on Windows. You can save articles to the Reading list via the Bookmark menu.
  • Safari finally gets full tabbed browsing in iOS 5.
  • You can also tweet an web article from Safari thanks to the deep Twitter Integration in iOS 5.


  • Mail app finally gets rich text formatting in iOS 5, so you can format text using bold, italic, or underlined fonts.
  • Indentation controls will allow you to indent text wherever required.
  • You can drag addresses in address fields so you can rearrange them without going through the hassle of retying them.
  • You can flag important messages.
  • You can now search the entire content of the message on your iOS device or on the mail server, in addition to from, to and subject fields.
  • Mail app for iPad gets the Swipe to Inbox, which is a useful feature when you are checking your emails in Portrait mode.
  • Apple has added support for S/MIME for enterprise customers.
  • With iCloud, you also get a free email account that is synced with all your iOS devices.
  • In iOS 5, you also get access to the built-in dictionary in the Mail app.
  • Apple has also introduced a new variant of the keyboard for the iPad, which splits into two making it easier for users who prefer to type with their thumbs on the iPad. It is a system-wide feature, which will be useful while using the Mail app.


  • You will finally be able to see year view on the iPad and week view on the iPhone and iPod Touch.
  • You can also view event attachments directly within the Calendar app.
  • With iCloud, you can share calendars with your friends and family, and it also syncs all the events with your iOS devices.

Game Center:

  • You can add your photo to your Game Center profile.
  • You can compare yourself with your friends with Achievement points per game.
  • You can now see friends of friends.
  • Game Center in iOS 5 gives you new friend recommendations based on the games you play and the players you already know.
  • Game Center will also recommend you games based on the games you play. It’s like the genius feature for music.
  • You can purchase and download the game directly from Game Center.
  • Apple has added support for turn-based games like Scrabble into iOS 5 so developers don’t have to work on it.

You can also checkout other new features introduced in iOS 5:

Let us know what you think about the new features in Mail, Safari, Calendar and Game Center app in the comments section below.