iOS 5 is the new apple operating system for iPod touch and iPhone. It comes as a free update to all iPod touch owners, iPad owners and iPhone owners (only iPhone 3GS and more recent). It has a few main changes from iOS 4 (the previous system), such as the notifications centre and iMessage. Read on to find out more…

iOS 5 Logo

The main changes from iOS 5 are: iMessage, the notification s centre, reader, being able to use the iPod/iPhone/iPad while it is syncing with the computer and iCloud.

iMessage is a free messaging app with any other apple products (excluding computers, laptops and netbooks) if you have wi-fi or 3G. It is very fast to send and receive and you can send notes, pictures, videos, voice recordings and pretty much anything on your apple device! Just enter your mate’s apple ID and then you can send them a free message which they can reply to (as long as they have iOS 5 too).

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The notifications centre appears when you swipe down from the top of the screen and it includes weather, stocks, any messages you’ve received and push notifications from apps (these can be configured under settings). Just swipe from bottom to top to get rid of it.

Notifications Center

Ever found it difficult to read off a webpage especially when the text is small and there are ads flying around everywhere? Well, reader will take all the text and puts it in a readable text size without any ads in an iBooks style. Reader appears in the URL box in safari when you are reading a long piece of writing on the Internet. When the button comes up just tap it and you will find it much easier to read.

iOS 5 is much faster than it’s predecessor especially when downloading apps. The waiting part of the download still takes the same amount of time however the loading and installing bit is extremely fast!

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Finally, the last and one of the best features of iOS 5 is iCloud. iCloud automatically syncs anything you want to a cloud. Therefore, if your iPod suddenly shuts down and is empty when you turn it on, all of the stuff that has been backed up can quickly be restored onto you’re iPod touch/iPhone. Also, you can transfer and share all of your data wirelessly between all your apple devices. In addition, the find your iPhone/iPod touch app can locate your iPod and make it lock, emit a sound, wipe or display a message.

To download iOS 5 to your device, just plug it into iTunes and follow the onscreen instructions.

Thank you for reading!

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