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iOS 5 Unleashed!
By: Prashanth Shantharam  |  12, October 2011

Apple iOS 5 is now available for download on iTunes 10.5. The iOS 5 was first unveiled in Apple’s WWDC, 2011 event in SanFrancisco in June. Apple’s latest version of its mobile operating system iOS 5 encapsulates a slew of new features such as enhanced browsing, notifications revamp, new messaging system etc to name a few.

iOS 5 is compatible with iPhone 3GS + 4, iPad 1 + 2, iPod 3rd + 4th Gen devices. Here’s a recap of the important new feature updates of iOS 5

Notification Revamp: Apple has baked in a notification centre into iOS 5. The traditional and obtrusive pop up has been eliminated to more a more sophisticated notification centre that contains an aggregation of app alerts, missed calls and new updates. The notification centre sits unobtrusively in the top menu bar of the screen that can be swiped down to access all notifications. Tapping on the notifications would launch the corresponding app and tapping again would bring the user back to the notification centre.

Newsstand: Users can subscribe to major magazines and newspapers and is all stores in Newsstand. New edition of subscribed publications are automatically downloaded and saved on Newsstand, and the user could access it from any of the iOS devices

Browser Enhancements: iPad finally gets tabbed browsing, where multiple sites could be opened and flipped across the tablet browser, Safari. Safari Reader reformats the webpage minus the clutter, highlighting the core text and visuals of a page on a single page, even if the story was on multiple pages. The user can save pages to read later (a la InstaPaper) on any iOS device as the list is synced across user devices.

Deep Twitter Integration: Apple claims iOS users send over 1 Billion tweets per week. A single sign-in would allow for tweeting from any twitter enabled app such as Photos, camera, Safari, Youtube with just a single tap.

New Messaging Service: iMessage now lets all iOS 5 users including iPad and iPod Touch to send text, photos, videos and contacts using iMessage over Wi-Fi or 3G. Conversations could now be maintained across any of the user’s iOS device as message are pushed to these devices simultaneously. Apple states ‘. iMessage also features delivery and read receipts, typing indication and secure end-to-end encryption’ Messages from iMessages are non-intrusive, as they go into notifications if the user is running an app.

New Reminder App: The Reminders App allows the user to set up time and location based alerts.

Game Center update: New social features such as game and friend recommendations has been incorporated into Game Center.

Camera + Photo Enhancement: Users can now access the camera right from the lock screen. There are optional gridlines to help users align the photo, and they can now pinch to zoom. Apple says that the ‘The photo app lets users crop, rotate, enhance and remove red-eye, and organize your photos into albums right on your device to share them on the go’

Mail Upgrade: Users can now perform the following on their mails- rich text formatting, addresses can be dragged and dropped, messages can be flagged, search on the message and swipe to switch inboxes. New keyboard layout: iPad users can now split their keyboard into two separated by a vertical space in the middle.

PC Free: Apple has made it super easy for its iOS 5 users to activate and set up their new iOS device without syncing it to the PC. iOS software updates are delivered OTA (over the air), and now with Delta updates, users can only update the parts of the OS that has been enhanced, not the entire OS.

Image Credit: http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com

ScreenDump Images Credit: Apple + Mashable

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