Apple Releases iOS 5

As announced at last week’s press event, Apple has released iOS 5 today for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The most recent version of Apple’s mobile operating system includes several new features, such as improved notifications, wireless syncing, Twitter integration and much more.

Some of the apps included out-of-the-box on iOS devices will see major upgrades. iMessage will replace Messages on the iPhone and will be a new addition for iPad and iPod touch users. It offers free text and multimedia messaging between iOS device users and will offer read receipts. The Camera app will have a shortcut button on the lock screen to make capturing images even quicker. The Photos app will offer some basic photo editing capabilities like crop and rotate.

New apps include Newsstand, an iBooks-like app specifically for magazines and newspapers, and Reminders, a tasks app with geolocation capabilities that can notify you of a pending task when you near a specific location.

On the new iPhone 4S, iOS 5 will include Siri Assistant, a system-level voice-centric interface that can handle tasks such as scheduling appointments, reading and creating text messages, and much more.

Apple has created an overview video highlighting some of the new features and changes in iOS 5:

iOS 5 is a free download for all users. It is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, the 3rd-and 4th-generation iPod touches, and the iPad and iPad 2. To update to iOS 5, you’ll need to plug your compatible iOS device into your computer, open iTunes, and follow the update prompts.

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