A couple handy iPad/iOS 5 tips from Hiawatha Bray, along with the closing paragraph of his review
For the iPad, there are new multitouch features. No need to press a button to get to the home screen. Instead, pinch the screen with all five fingers, like you’re squeezing a lemon. To switch from one app to another, swipe upward with four fingers to use the multitasking window, or to the left or right to scroll through your open apps.
Alas, the new iOS 5 for older Apple gadgets lacks the most intriguing new feature of all: Siri, an “intelligent assistant’’ program that responds to speech. That’s reserved for the new iPhone 4S and its beefier dual-core processor. But it’s remarkable that Apple has managed to squeeze so many smart innovations into a software upgrade that will run even on a two-year-old phone. It’s almost as if they were trying to thin out the crowds of Apple loyalists looking to buy new phones. But somehow, I don’t think they will.