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iOS 5 Releases Today, Everything You Need to Know

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iOS 5 is finally here. Apple has confirmed that today is the iOS 5 release date, which means you will soon be able to upgrade to the latest version of iOS.

Apple typically releases software like iOS 5 between 9 and 10 AM Pacific (Noon to 1 PM Eastern), which means you should be able to download iOS 5 soon. Keep in mind that the iOS 5 release time could be as late as 6PM Eastern.

iOS 5 is the newest software for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices. When you connect your iPhone to your computer to sync, you will be prompted to update to iOS 5.

Before you upgrade to iOS 5, we recommend taking these five steps to get ready for iOS 5. If you can’t wait to start using the new version of iOS, you can skip straight to our how to upgrade to iOS 5 guide.

iOS 5 brings over 200 new features to the iPhone and iPad. Many of these features help Apple catch up to a year’s worth of Android advances. Once you have iTunes 10.5 and iOS 5, you can enjoy all the benefits of iCloud — Apple’s new syncing service that helps you stay in sync and backed up without the need to plug in to a computer.

Most Anticipated iOS 5 Features

  1. Notification Center – In iOS 5, your notifications can be accessed from a slide down window instead of interrupting you all day..
  2. NewsStand – As apps grow to support it, the Newsstand will collect your newspaper and magazine subscriptions.
  3. Twitter Integration – Twitter is baked into iOS 5. If you want to share something, tap the Send to button and Tweet will be an option.
  4. Safari – With the new iOS 5 Safari, you get better performance, a reading list that syncs between devices and tabs on the iPad.
  5. Reminders – This app will help you keep on top of your full to do list. You can use the iPhone GPS to know where you are — so that you can get reminders at work or at home.
  6. Better Camera – The new Camera app allows you to use the volume buttons to take pictures, offers faster access to your camera and other improvements.
  7. New Mail App – Quit digging around for that message. Mail has improved search and new rich text formatting options.
  8. PC Free – Once you upgrade to iOS 5, you will be able to sync, upgrade and backup without wires.
  9. Game Center - New Game Center features allow you to add a photo and to play friends of friends.
  10. iMesssage – The new message app will intelligently send iMessages to other iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users, so that you don’t have to pay for text messages.

While you wait for iOS 5 to download, which could take a while, here’s a video of iOS 5 features from Apple. You can get a look at the new operating system and what to expect.

Stay tuned for more tips on how to use iOS 5′s new features like Notification center, Reminders and more.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

34 Comments

  1. Ben Thomas

    10/12/2011 at 6:27 am

    IOS 5 is now out!

    • Sahaj Porwal

      10/12/2011 at 6:30 am

      its not 

      • Zham Abd

        10/12/2011 at 6:33 am

        I’m getting pissed… android is on my mind now

        • Devin Jones

          10/12/2011 at 8:06 am

          Are you serious? At least you don’t have to wait on the carrier to screw up the software and take forever to send it out like Android. But, if that’s what you want, go ahead dude.

      • will

        10/12/2011 at 6:35 am

        it is im downloading now :)

        • Ainsleebbfd

          10/12/2011 at 6:43 am

          really where you from..? uk?

        • Ben Thomas

          10/12/2011 at 7:10 am

          UK, you have to Delete System 32 in your windows folder and it will update your ITunes and allow you to update your phone.

        • Darknlight55

          10/12/2011 at 7:59 am

          As funny as I think that joke is. No one delete your windows 32 folder in windows. Unless you upgrade to a Mac because it’s the last time you’ll use your windows computer lol.

    • Balla7587

      10/12/2011 at 10:13 am

      do you  have to have 4.35 before you can download 5?

  2. Ainsleebbfd

    10/12/2011 at 6:35 am

    what make syou say this man

  3. Ainsleebbfd

    10/12/2011 at 6:38 am

    you man are just winding man up loooool

  4. S-KAY

    10/12/2011 at 6:38 am

    someone send a link please

  5. Saurabh Btech

    10/12/2011 at 6:58 am

    update???

  6. Malcolm

    10/12/2011 at 7:05 am

    Falkland Islands have it!

  7. mitsos

    10/12/2011 at 7:06 am

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/how-to-buy/   its coming the day after tomorrow

  8. H_bknl

    10/12/2011 at 7:07 am

    actually?

  9. Fíkus Australský

    10/12/2011 at 7:09 am

    GB, ‘got it!

  10. Mangat Gurjeet

    10/12/2011 at 7:20 am

    its out in toronto canada  jusss now

  11. PJ

    10/12/2011 at 7:31 am

    6pm UK

  12. Angus251

    10/12/2011 at 7:33 am

    anyone know an Australian release time? :((((((

  13. Maninhouse

    10/12/2011 at 7:40 am

    just to say it’s not out in UK so stop the BS

  14. Virus8x10

    10/12/2011 at 8:00 am

    Not Out In Pakistan :( Waiting Waiting.

  15. tdot man

    10/12/2011 at 8:12 am

    when is it gonna be out in ontario/canada

  16. jo

    10/12/2011 at 9:21 am

    6pm uk time counting down……. 42mins…. 41mins….40mins… etc

  17. Rakhem93

    10/12/2011 at 9:52 am

    wat about US time

  18. jo

    10/12/2011 at 9:58 am

    LA 10am NY 1pm

  19. Virus8x10

    10/12/2011 at 10:07 am

    iOS 5 Now Seeded In Pakistan :D

    • Rohan04

      10/12/2011 at 10:39 am

      I started downloading in UAE…

      • Lek

        10/23/2011 at 7:55 am

        how did u download how how how how how

  20. dotdotdot

    10/13/2011 at 3:35 am

    I’ve had it for 6 months already. Hello?

  21. Decent4in

    10/14/2011 at 4:51 pm

    How and where do you get the uPgrAde from?

    Sent from my iPhone 4

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