Apple Releases iOS 5 with Wi-Fi Syncing, More

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As promised, Apple released iOS 5 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on Wednesday. The new version of the mobile operating system added an improved notification system, over the air update support, and sync over Wi-Fi support.

iOS 5

Apple says iOS 5 includes over 200 new features

The upgrade added single sign-on support for Twitter so users can post messages and photos through multiple applications without having to sign into the social networking service more than once. It also added a new instant messaging service that side steps SMS and MMS plans from cell service providers, Reminders for location-based to-do tracking, updated versions of Mobile Safari and Mail, a week view for the iPhone Calendar app, no need to connect to computers to activate new devices, and more.

iOS 5 is a free upgrade and requires an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, a third or fourth generation iPod touch, or an iPad or iPad 2. Users must first upgrade to iTunes 10.5 before installing iOS 5.

The update is a 435.5MB download through Software Update.

For tips on preparing for iOS 5, be sure to check out The Mac Observer’s upgrade guide.

Apple’s patch notes:

iOS 5 Software Update

This update contains over 200 new features, including the following:

  • Notifications
    • Swipe from the top of any screen to view notifications in one place with Notification Center
    • New notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen
    • View notifications from lock screen
    • Slide the notification app icon to the right on the lock screen to go directly to the app
  • iMessage
    • Send and receive unlimited text, photo, and video messages with other iOS 5 users
    • Track messages with delivery and read receipts
    • Group messaging and secure encryption
    • Works over cellular network and Wi-Fi*
  • Newsstand
    • Automatically organizes magazine and newspaper subscriptions on Home Screen
    • Displays the cover of the latest issue
    • Background downloads of new issues 
  • Reminders for managing to do lists
    • Syncs with iCloud, iCal and Outlook
    • Location-based reminders when you leave or arrive at a location for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4
  • Built-in support for Twitter
    • Sign-in once in Settings and tweet directly from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari and YouTube
    • Add location to any tweet
    • View twitter profile pictures and usernames in Contacts
  • Camera improvements for devices with cameras
    • Double click the home button when device is asleep to bring up a camera shortcut on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
    • Volume Up button to take a picture
    • Optional grid lines to line up shots
    • Pinch to zoom in the preview screen
    • Swipe to camera roll from preview screen
    • Tap and hold to lock focus and exposure, iPad 2 and iPod touch (4th generation) only support exposure lock
  • Photo improvements for devices with cameras
    • Crop and rotate
    • Red eye removal
    • One tap enhance
    • Organize photos into albums
  • Mail improvements
    • Format text using bold, italic, or underlined fonts
    • Indentation control
    • Drag to rearrange names in address fields
    • Flag messages
    • Mass mark messages as flagged, read or unread
    • Customize mail alert sounds
    • S/MIME
  • Calendar improvements
    • Year view on iPad and new Week view for iPhone and iPod touch
    • Tap to create an event
    • View and add event attachments
  • Game Center improvements
    • Use personal photos for your Game Center account
    • Compare your overall achievement scores with your friends
    • Find new Game Center friends with friend recommendations and friends of friends
    • Discover new games with custom game recommendations
  • AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S
  • Multitasking Gestures for iPad
    • Use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen
    • Swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar
    • Swipe left or right to switch between apps
  • On-device setup, activation and configuration with Setup Assistant
  • Software updates available over the air without tethering
  • iCloud support
    • iTunes in the Cloud
    • Photo Stream
    • Documents in the Cloud
    • Apps and Books automatic download and purchase history
    • Backup
    • Contacts, Calendar, and Mail
    • Find My iPhone
  • Redesigned Music app for iPad
  • Hourly weather forecast
  • Real-time stock quotes
  • Wireless sync to iTunes
  • Keyboard improvements
    • Split keyboard for iPad
    • Improved autocorrection accuracy
    • Improved Chinese and Japanese input
    • New Emoji keyboard
    • Personal dictionary for autocorrection
    • Optionally create keyboard short cuts for frequently used words
  • Accessibility improvements
    • Option to light LED flash on incoming calls and alerts for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4
    • Custom vibration patterns for incoming calls on iPhone
    • New interface for using iOS with mobility-impairment input devices
    • Option to speak a selection of text
    • Custom element labeling for VoiceOver
  • Exchange ActiveSync improvements
    • Wirelessly sync tasks
    • Mark messages as flagged, read or unread
    • Improved offline support
    • Save a new contact from a GAL service
  • More than 1,500 new developer APIs
  • Bug fixes

Products compatible with this software update:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 2
  • iPad
  • iPod touch (4th generation)
  • iPod touch (3rd generation)

* Normal carrier data rates may apply. Messages will be sent as SMS when iMessage is unavailable, carrier messaging fees apply.

[Update: The article was updated with Apple’s iOS 5 patch note.]

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Comments

Lee Dronick

I am downloading it right now to install on our iPad2.

webjprgm

I’ll check it out when I get home. 

* Normal carrier data rates may apply. Messages will be sent as SMS when iMessage is unavailable, carrier messaging fees apply.

So iMessage uses the normal “Messages” SMS app?  What happens if I’ve disabled text messages on my account?  Will it notify me if it tries to send an SMS instead, because I’d want to know that no one will receive the message.

Lee Dronick

It took several tries to upgrade my iPad2 to iOS 5, kept getting error messages. I think that the servers were busy.

Blindmln

Im still getting an error trying to install.  says i downloaded but error on verifying.

Blindmln

keep getting

ipad could not be restored- an internal error occurred.

Lee Dronick

ipad could not be restored- an internal error occurred.

If I remember correctly that was the error message I was getting.

I shut down the Mac and iPad then restarted them both. On the next try iOS 5 installed with no problem. Those steps may have been circumstantial. I think the iPad/iTunes is phoning home and that the servers were busy.

dr.hundesterber

Upgraded iPhone 4 with laptop and Lion 10.7 without a hitch

Later, upgraded to 10.7.2 and could not upgrade iPhone 3gs, iPad and iPad2

Messages:

Internal error
could not back up
could not restore

Lee Dronick

Later, upgraded to 10.7.2 and could not upgrade iPhone 3gs, iPad and iPad2

I am going to let things cool down and upgrade my iPhone 3GS in a day or two.

Fastflyer

I kept getting the same “iPhone could not be restored- an internal error occurred” on my 3Gs. I had selected download and not install which resulted in a smooth download but when I tried to then update I got the error with multiple tries. The phone worked normally between tries so nothing had been corrupted.

I finally tried the “Restore” option instead of the “Update” option and it worked. It takes longer because all of the apps need to reload but it did work.

rwahrens

I kept getting errors on verifying the upgrade, putting the iPhone into Restore mode.

Removing an external USB drive (noted as an item on the troubleshooting web page for these errors) worked for me.  Once I’d removed it, the upgrade went without a hitch.

Fastflyer

Removing an external USB drive (noted as an item on the troubleshooting web page for these errors) worked for me.

I had tried all of the steps in the Trouble Shooting web page to no avail. Maybe the “Restore” working was just a fluke and the next time I tried “Update would have worked.

Tried downloading the update for my iPad 2 as I slept last night but the download interrupted at 26 MB. Restarted download this morning.

geoduck

Updating my iPod Touch went smoothly. I started the process, went to have lunch. checked on it periodically but a while later it was done. A number of my Apps needed updating but that went smoothly.

Actually the only problem I’ve seen is with Location. I’ve told it to use my current location. It thinks I’m in Anaheim California. Nothing I have tried will convince it otherwise. Weather defaults to Anaheim, though it has all of the other cities I’d put in there as well including my previous default location of Nanaimo, BC. Maps always starts out in Anaheim. It’s actually rather annoying. I read another post elsewhere of someone in Montreal who’s iOS device insists he’s in Ottawa.

Is anyone else seeing this sort of location confusion with iOS5?

Lee Dronick

Actually the only problem I?ve seen is with Location. I?ve told it to use my current location. It thinks I?m in Anaheim California

What are you going to do after upgrading to iOS 5

I am going to Disneyland!

geoduck

LOL
That’s hysterical Sir Harry
Thanks

Fastflyer

I read another post elsewhere of someone in Montreal who?s iOS device insists he?s in Ottawa.

Is anyone else seeing this sort of location confusion with iOS5?

Just checked Maps app and my location is good on my 3Gs. There is a new (at least to me) alternate route feature in directions that is pretty schweet. Three different routes to get to Disney World!

geoduck

OK one more shutdown and restart of the iPod Touch seems to have cleared the bug. It shows me in the right place. The pin in maps is within a block of my house. Default weather location is right. All is well.

Fastflyer

The pin in maps is within a block of my house.

My pin is on the correct place on the roof of my house and I live in the frozen tundra of northern Michigan far from anyplace. I never get more than 2 bars and only have Edge data on AT&T, but my location is always spot on for both iPhones and iPad 2.

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