iOS 5 is chock full of new goodies, and with Scott Forstall only taking time to go over 10 of them during this week’s WWDC keynote, a ton of newly discovered features are starting to come to the forefront.
One particularly cool new feature centers on accessibility and the degree to which Apple now lets users implement customizations – namely, custom vibrations. iOS 5 users now have the ability to designate custom vibrations on a per-contact basis. This is not only beneficial for the hearing impaired, but as 9to5Mac points out, extremely helpful if you happen to be in an important meeting and your phone starts vibrating. Is that your wife’s custom vibration or perhaps an important colleague.
There are 5 built-in vibration pattern – Alert, Heartbeat, Rapid, S.O.S. and Symphony. Taking things further iOS 5 even lets users create their own vibration pattern.
Simply tap to begin recording a custom vibration pattern. Each tap represents a short vibration. You can tap as many times as you like during the 30-second window. When you’re satisfied, hit the Save button, name your pattern and assign it to any contact you like. To change the default pattern for everyone, go to the Sounds section of the Settings app and change your preference in the Vibration Patterns section at the bottom.
Further, iOS 5 enables users to turn on LED flash for incoming calls, not to mention a new iTunes Tone Store to pick up customized alert sounds.