iOS 5 is now available – Apple’s servers slow due to high load

 

 

 

 

As promised, Apple released iOS 5 to the public at 1.00p EST today. People upgrading their iDevices and as a result Apple’s servers are extremely slow. Here is a list of what iOS 5 brings:

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)

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