iOS 5 is the newest, most-advanced, full-featured mobile operating system by Apple. iOS is the prime operating system that is running behind every Apple devices including iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone. And now, iOS is getting yet another major upgrade in the coming days. First announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference this year, iOS 5 comes with a lot of cool and amazing features which makes it stand out and even more powerful compared to other competing products.
iOS 5 Release Date
After it’s initial public announcement, iOS 5 will be released for public download on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. iOS 5 is going to be a free upgrade for most Apple devices (iPhone 3GS and up). Devices prior to the release of iPhone 3GS such as iPhone 3G and 2G will not be able to get the said free upgrade. Upgrade links will be visible on the official Apple website on the said date, October 12, 2011.
iOS 5 Features
Before upgrading your iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone devices to iOS 5, it would be best to learn first what are the changes and what’s new with Apple’s latest operating system. iOS 5 is said to comes with more than 200 new features but here are the top picks:
The new notification center gets all kinds of notification on your iOS device: new email, texts, friend requests, and many more. Whether you are playing a game or watching a video, you will get a slick animation right at the top of the screen informing you that there’s a new notification available. To open it, you can just swipe down the top portion of the screen and the notification center will appear. The lock screen was also modified; adding a list of new messages which can be opened individually with a single swipe.
NewsStand organizes all your magazines and newspapers subscriptions in one single place. Once new issues of your subscribed magazines and newspapers are available, NewsStand updates them automatically in background. You can also get new subscriptions directly on NewsStand via App Store.
Twitter is now directly integrated to iOS in iOS 5. You’ll just have to sign in once for all Twitter-enabled apps in your iPhone or iPad. With this integration, ‘Tweet’ functionality can be seen systemwide across different apps.
Safari is Apple’s built in internet browser across all Apple devices. With iOS 5, Safari was brought into a new level with much faster loading speed and support for tabbed browsing. Reader feature lets you read articles without clutter. Reading lists can now also be sync across Safari in different iOS 5 devices.
Camera & Photos
Camera in iOS 5 can be immediately accessed on your system lock screen and use the volume button to snap a photo. Onscreen photo editing was also added to quickly enhance your photos: a touch auto-enhancement, red-eye reduction, and cropping right on the device.
iPad Split Keyboard
Another cool feature of iOS 5 available for all iPad users is the split keyboard which allows iPad users to conveniently use the keyboard on both sides of the screen.
Other Cool Features
- Reminders – Apple’s new task app to help you track and complete your to do lists.
- New Mail App – Richer formatting, message flagging, improved search and more.
- PC Free – After you plug in to get iOS 5, you won’t need a computer on hand for upgrades or for activations.
- Game Center – Add photos, play friends of friends and more with these new iOS 5 Game Center features.
- iMesssage – send messages to all of your iOS 5 using friends without paying for text message fees. You can also send, photos and videos over iMessage.
Who can Update to iOS5?
Although iOS 5 is said to be a free upgrade, not all Apple devices can get it. Among the list of devices who can avail the upgrade include: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2, and iPod Touch 3rd & 4th Generations.
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