Apple launches upgraded operating system for mobile devices


Attention iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch and iPad users, an updated operating system is available to download for free.

Apple publicized the upcoming release of their newest iPhone model, the 4S on Oct. 4. However, perhaps the bigger news was the announcement of iOS 5, since you don’t need the 4S to benefit from it.

To upgrade the device’s operating system, connect it to the computer, fire up iTunes and an alert to download the new update should appear. If not, click on the device name when it pops up on the left-hand side of iTunes and click “check for update.”

Here are some of the new features:

Notifications — how many times have you been playing a game until someone sends a text and the notification pops up in the middle of the screen, and ends your new high score? The iOS 5 has the solution, similar to what’s already seen in the Android operating system. Now, you will be notified of messages (email, texts, tweets, etc.) through a small bar on the top of the screen. The bar drags down to a full screen of notifications all in one place (after you finish beating the boss on level 10, of course).

Reminders — let’s say you’re on campus and remember that you need to grab milk on your way home. The new feature can be configured with GPS location, and alert you once you leave campus to stop at the grocery store.

Camera improvements — the timing of a picture can be vital. In iOS 5, you can access your camera from the lock screen by double-clicking the home button. The “volume up” button will be able to snap a picture.

For a complete list of all the new features included in iOS 5, check out Apple’s website.

What do you think of Apple’s new operating system? Is there anything you would like to see improved?

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