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Apple Fanboys, iDevice owners: IOS5 is now officially downloadable and ready to rock your Apple devices.
New features includes:
A BBM-style group messaging client that allows you to send pictures, video, text, audio and contact information for free over Wi-Fi and cellular networks to other iOS 5 users.
iOS 5 organizes your magazine and newspaper app subscriptions in Newsstand: a folder that lets you access your favorite publications quickly and easily.
Finally, Twitter! You can now sign in to your Twitter account in the Settings app, which opens system-wide sharing options.
Location-based reminders should help you remember to pick up milk on your way home.
Camera and Photos
Hardware shutter and lock-screen camera access: two things which will make it way easier to take a picture with your iPhone in iOS 5. The hardware button is actually the volume-up button, but I don’t think people will have too much of problem keeping that straight. Other new camera features include pinch-to-zoom, single-tap focus, exposure locks and grid overlay.
Experience new browsing experience with New Safari with actual tabs on the iPad; and a much-improved Safari performance all around.
PC Free & Wi-Fi Sync
You can now setup and manage your device completely from the device itself under iOS 5. No need to connect to iTunes, and with Wi-Fi Sync and iTunes Match, you won’t even have to make a hardware connection to transfer your iTunes music from your computer to your device. One of the best feature so far for the upgrade.
Mail and Calendar
HTML-formatted composition makes its way to Mail in iOS 5, as does message flagging and mailbox folder management. Search body text of emails for keywords, too.
Switching between apps has never been easier on the iPad than in iOS 5, since you can use four- or five-finger swipes to rotate between open apps, and pinch zoom to close them. Swiping up also reveals the multitasking bar.
This is iPad 2 and iPhone 4S-specific, but it’s almost worth the upgrade. It lets you broadcast the entire contents of your iPad, including home screens and all apps, live to your TV via a connected Apple TV.
New Game Center additions in iOS 5 include achievement points, photo sharing, friend recommendations and more, making it feel much more like Xbox Live, the gold standard in online gaming. Apple says 67 million users currently are active on Game Center.
A huge part of iOS 5 is iCloud, which replaces MobileMe and provides free syncing of email, contacts, calendars and more for all iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion users. Upon signing up, you get 5G free storage, not bad!
Note however that iOS5 is only available on these iDevices:
Yugatech reports that file size is about 774MB, so watch out for your storage as well. You must have enough space for this major upgrade. It is also worth mentioning that PTB reported that the iPhoneDev team has already made a Jailbreak for iOS5. Are you Jailbreaking it to soon?