iOS 5: Custom iPhone Vibration Pattern + Notification Overhaul

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
By OP Editor

iOS 5 overhauls visual, vibration, and audible alerts with many customization possibilities. Dedicated alert LED in iPhone 5 is likely.

iOS 5 iPhone Custom Vibration Pattern

iOS 5 adds 200 new features. Adding these notification features to supplement existing custom ring tones:

  • Custom vibration patterns
  • Tones for voicemail, mail, and calendar alerts
  • Visual alerts:
    • LED flash alerts
    • Notification Center

More details about all these new iPhone notification options:

iPhone Custom Vibration Pattern in iOS 5

With iOS 5, you can make custom vibration alert patterns — right on an iPhone. You can assign unique vibration patterns to people in Contacts (just like custom iPhone ringtones). To make a custom vibration pattern, tap it out like a drum.

Perhaps in the future, you can buy one made by musicians in the iTunes tone store?

LED Flash Alert

Those with iPhone 4 can use the iPhone camera LED flash as an alert for incoming calls and alerts. The very bright camera flash lights up and blinks in iOS 5.

ObamaPacman: It’s likely that the new iPhone 4s / iPhone 5 will have dedicated notification LED.

iTunes Tone Store

Apple Tone Store: you can currently buy custom ring tones, so perhaps Apple will offer custom alert sounds for sale. Like ring tones and vibration alerts, you should be able to make your own alert tones.

Other iOS 5 Features

iOS 5 New Features, WWDC 2011 Scott Forstall
Besides all kinds of notification options, here are some of the promised new features in iOS 5 (some might be iPhone 5 only):

  • Alternative routes in Maps. Maybe there will be Turn-by-Turn navigation app for iPhone?
  • Real-time stock quotes
  • Hourly weather forecasts
  • Speech to text recognition (Nuance + Siri = Apple Assistant?)
  • Face detection + red eye reduction API for third party apps
  • Multitasking gestures: flick between apps, and Split Keyboard
  • AirPlay Mirroring: send live video of what’s on your iPad / iDevice display remotely to a big screen TV through Apple TV.

OP: We can’t wait.

iPhone 5 Apple Keynote takes place today, Tuesday October 4, at 1 PM eastern time. Apple will likely confirm and demo some of these expected features.

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