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Apple Releases iOS 5 Software Update
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 1:31 PM EST
Posted by: Glenn

Apple today released the iOS 5 Software Update via iTunes 10.5 for owners of the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. According to the company, this update contains over 200 new features, including the following:


  Swipe from the top of any screen to view notifications in one place with Notification Center.

  New notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen.

  View notifications from lock screen.

  Slide the notification app icon to the right on the lock screen to go directly to the app.


  Send and receive unlimited text, photo, and video messages with other iOS 5 users.

  Track messages with delivery and read receipts.

  Group messaging and secure encryption.

  Works over cellular network and Wi-Fi.


  Automatically organizes magazine and newspaper subscriptions on Home Screen.

  Displays the cover of the latest issue.

  Background downloads of new issues.

Reminders for managing to do lists

  Syncs with iCloud, iCal and Outlook.

  Location-based reminders when you leave or arrive at a location for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.

Built-in support for Twitter

  Sign-in once in Settings and tweet directly from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari and YouTube.

  Add location to any tweet.

  View twitter profile pictures and usernames in Contacts.

Camera improvements for devices with cameras

  Double click the home button when device is asleep to bring up a camera shortcut on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation).

  Volume Up button to take a picture.

  Optional grid lines to line up shots.

  Pinch to zoom in the preview screen.

  Swipe to camera roll from preview screen.

  Tap and hold to lock focus anxd exposure, iPad 2 and iPod touch (4th generation) only support exposure lock.

Photo improvements for devices with cameras

  Crop and rotate.

  Red eye removal.

  One tap enhance.

  Organize photos into albums.

Mail improvements

  Format text using bold, italic, or underlined fonts.

  Indentation control.

  Drag to rearrange names in address fields.

  Flag messages.

  Mass mark messages as flagged, read or unread.

  Customize mail alert sounds.


Calendar improvements

  Year view on iPad and new Week view for iPhone and iPod touch.

  Tap to create an event.

  View and add event attachments.

Game Center improvements

  Use personal photos for your Game Center account.

  Compare your overall achievement scores with your friends.

  Find new Game Center friends with friend recommendations and friends of friends.

  Discover new games with custom game recommendations.

AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S

  Multitasking Gestures for iPad.

  Use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen.

  Swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar.

  Swipe left or right to switch between apps.

On-device setup, activation and configuration with Setup Assistant

Software updates available over the air without tethering

iCloud support

  iTunes in the Cloud.

  Photo Stream.

  Documents in the Cloud.

  Apps and Books automatic download and purchase history.


  Contacts, Calendar, and Mail.

  Find My iPhone.

Redesigned Music app for iPad

Hourly weather forecast

Real-time stock quotes

Wireless sync to iTunes

Keyboard improvements

  Split keyboard for iPad.

  Improved autocorrection accuracy.

  Improved Chinese and Japanese input.

  New Emoji keyboard.

  Personal dictionary for autocorrection.

  Optionally create keyboard short cuts for frequently used words.

Accessibility improvements

  Option to light LED flash on incoming calls and alerts for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.

  Custom vibration patterns for incoming calls on iPhone.

  New interface for using iOS with mobility-impairment input devices.

  Option to speak a selection of text.

  Custom element labeling for VoiceOver.

Exchange ActiveSync improvements

  Wirelessly sync tasks.

  Mark messages as flagged, read or unread.

  Improved offline support.

  Save a new contact from a GAL service.

More than 1,500 new developer APIs

Bug fixes

iOS 5 is compatible with the iPad 2, original iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and third and fourth-generation iPod touch.

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