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iOS 5 Available for All iPad Users October 12 with Over 200 New Features

The long-awaited iOS 5 update for all iPad users will be released on October 12th. iOS 5 features a suite of over 200 new improvements, including a redesigned push notifications system and a new iMessage messaging service, and drops the need to connect to a computer to activate devices.

The top features of iOS 5 include:

  • Multitasking Gestures
    This is by far my favorite improvement with iOS 5. Multitasking gestures have been available to developers for some time, but iOS 5 brings the new gestures to everyone. You can now swipe swipe up (with 4 or 5 fingers) to go to the multitasking bar or pinch with your hand to go to the home screen.
  • iOS 5 Cuts the Cord
    Once you install iOS 5, your iPad can serve as a stand alone computer. This means you can set the device up, restore from an iCloud backup or restore the iOS software from iTunes without plugging the device into a computer. You can also install iOS updates wirelessly and sync your iPad using Wi-Fi.
    There is even more features in iOS 5 to make your iPad PC free, such as, the ability to delete songs from the music app and editing images in the photo app.
  • Notifications
    iOS 5 greatly improves notifications on iOS devices. Notifications can be set for emails, messages, reminders, FaceTime and several other apps that use notifications. You can now swipe down from the top of the screen and view the notification center. Then, you can choose the notification you want to go to or swipe up (or touch another spot on the screen) and the notification center will disappear.
  • iMessage
    iOS 5 brings iMessage to the iPad. Now, iPad users can send unlimited text messages over Wi-Fi or 3G to any other iPhone, iPad or iPod touch that also has iMessage.
    iMessage not only lets iPad users send texts but you can also add pictures and videos to your messages. You can send the messages one to one or add multiple recipients in the “To” field and use iMessage among a group.
  • Twitter integration
  • Newsstand: Apple’s in-house distribution system for iPad magazines
  • New and improved camera (One click access from the lock screen, red eye removal, cropping, rotating, etc)
  • Game Center (Recommendation engine, Achievements system)
  • Improved Safari browser (Faster, lighter, tabbed browsing on iPad, and the “Reader” content scraper)
  • Mail.app improvements. It offers encrypted message support, improved message searching, and rich text formatting.
  • PC-Free (Activation without iTunes)

The new version of iOS will be available for the iPad, iPad 2 ,iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod touch 3G and 4G. iOS 5 will be available as a free update. We will show how to upgrade iOS 5 on iPad 2 in next post.