Apple has just released the final version of iOS 5 mobile operating system which brings over 200 new features plus other big features. The iOS 5 software is available as a free firmware update in desktop iTunes. Just connect your device to a Mac or PC and follow the onscreen instructions in iTunes.
"iOS 5 may not be available for some users yet as usually these things take a while to propagate thoughout all regional iTunes stores. iOS 5 is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, third- and fourth-generation iPod touch, as well as both iPad 1 and iPad 2. However, some features are resource-intensive and thus only available on recent devices. Note that Siri, an intelligent personal assistant users can converse with, remains exclusive to iPhone 4S for the time being."
iMessage, Apple's proprietary messaging protocol for instant messaging with other iOS 5 devices free of charge. iMessage bypasses carrier's costly text or MMS messages (requires data connection though) and delights with the typing indicator, read receipts and the ability to exchange photos, videos, contacts or locations.
Another big feature is the Notification Center which brings all those annoying notifications from app into a tidy panel accessed with a pull-down gesture. Twitter integration and support for other social accounts make sharing in iOS 5 more secure and uniform across apps. Other noteworthy goodies include wireless device sync with your computer or iCloud, all-new Reminders and Newsstand apps, new Camera features and a whole bunch of other improvements and little tweaks evident throughout the system. If you're interested in everything iOS 5 has to offer, TiPb has a monster walkthrough.
To update, just connect your device to a computer, launch iTunes 10.5, right click the device in the Devices pane and click the Back Up option. After you've backed up all your iOS devices in iTunes, quit the program and perform a Time Machine backup of your system. Alternatively, copy the backup folder to a safe location, such as an external hard drive or a USB thumb drive.
iTunes places the backup files in the following places:
Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
Windows Vista and Windows 7: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
For better performance, it's recommend to start a fresh and get rid of your "old" app data, settings and other which could degrade the experience.
Setting your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad as a new device will especially make your life easier if you intend on cutting the cord and syncing with iCloud, iTunes. Note: Setting up a new device (as opposed to restoring from the latest backup) means "losing all your data on the device."
Here are direct download links for the iOS 5 firmware:
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4 GSM
- iPhone 4 CDMA
- iPad 2
- iPad 2,2
- iPad 2,3
- iPod touch third-generation
- iPod touch fourth-generation
- Apple TV second-generation (iOS 4.4)
Preceding the iOS 5 roll out, Apple also posted Find My Friends and AirPort Utility apps, enabled iCloud accounts for everyone, flipped the switch on the Newsstand Store and rolled out music re-downloading service dubbed iTunes in the Cloud in the U.K., Canada, Australia and other international markets.
Find My Friends app lets you locate your contacts on a world map, share your own location with them, manage your temporary sharing settings and other features worried parents will admittedly deem enticing.
The program is downloaded by visiting the iCloud.com site on your iOS device. There's no need to log in, just visit that URL and you should be presented with an option to download the Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps. Simply hit the Install Find My Friends button which will drop you right onto the App Store landing page.
Find My Friends allows you to easily location your friends and family from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Install this free app on your iOS 5 device and sign in with the Apple ID you use with iCloud. Adding a friend is easy - just send a request to see their location. Once your friend accepts using the Find My Friends app, you will then be able to see that friend's location on a map. You can also choose to share your location for a limited period of time with a group of friends. Use Find My Friends to keep track of your traveling companions when you're on a vacation. Or to see if the kids are home from school. Or to find the friends you're meeting for dinner.
Find My Friends can be downloded from iTunes App Store.
Here are screen shots of iPhone and iPod app: