Apple is launching its latest mobile operating system, iOS 5, today. While most of the focus has been on the new features it will introduce on iPhone, the latest iOS will actually change the way many iPad owners use their devices. Here's a look a some of the new features and changes that stand out.
Apple on Wednesday released iPhoto 9.2 and Aperture 3.2, updates to its consumer and professional photo organizing software, respectively. Both updates supports compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5, according to Apple.
Apple rolled out AirPort Utility for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on Wednesday. The app lets users manage their AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express and Time Capsule base stations without requiring a desktop or laptop computer.
The long-awaited public release of iOS 5 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is now in our grubby little hands. Thanks to better notifications, a new way to avoid texting, and a new focus on cloud sync, it's one of the best iOS updates yet.
Apple has released an update to Lion, bringing it to OS X 10.7.2. Apple recommends the update for all users and says it fixes stability, compatibility and security. It also adds support for iCloud, Apple’s new cloud-based storage and data synchronization system.
Tim Cook: "Although many of our hearts are still heavy, we are planning a celebration of his life for Apple employees to take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place."
...with iOS 5, Apple has added even more features inspired by the Mac version of Safari, and while the result still doesn’t match the full-featured experience of a desktop Web browser, you no longer feel as though you’re sacrificing quite as much when moving from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad.
It seems like every time a major software revision comes along, it’s described as the “biggest ever.” In the case of iOS 5, though, that might not be hyperbole—there’s hardly a part of Apple’s mobile operating system that isn’t altered in some way by the latest update.
Don’t think that this is just change for change’s sake, however. By and large, iOS 5’s changes are for the better, spackling a number of shortcomings and gaps in functionality that have existed since day one.
Ahead of releasing iOS 5 to users today, Apple released two new universal iOS apps: one for keeping track of other friends with iOS devices, and another for setting up and managing the company's wireless networking equipment.
One of the most interesting wrinkles in the iPhone 4S—which I review at length elsewhere—is its status as a “world phone.” Unlike previous generations, it supports both CDMA (Verizon, Sprint) and GSM (AT&T, the rest of the world) wireless technology right out of the box. But there are some interesting quirks to this product that may please savvy international travelers.
Apple on Tuesday released iTunes 10.5, an update widely expected prior to Wednesday’s introduction of iOS 5. iTunes 10.5 is available for download from Apple’s Web site and through the Software Update system preference.
At $199 with a two-year contract (and $649 unlocked), the iPhone 4S is roughly the same price as the 3G handsets that run Google's (GOOG) Android OS, and an average of about $60 less than 4G-based phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S 11 ($229 with contract), Droid Bionic ($299) and HTC Thunderbolt ($249).