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Apple’s iOS 5 and iCloud Coming on October 12
Apple has announced that both iOS 5, the latest version of its mobile operating system, and its iCloud service will be available starting October 12, 2011.
The iOS 5 comes with more than 200 new features, including iMessage, a built-in text messaging service that lets users send text, videos, photos, locations and contacts to all iOS 5 users. iMessage will work over WiFi and 3G connections. iOS 5 also features Notification Center, a new app that enables users to keep track of all notifications in one place. The Newsstand will give users quick access to their magazine and newspaper app subscriptions.
iOS 5 comes with Twitter integration, a revamped Safari with new browsing features for improved performance, enhanced Mail and Calendar apps and much more. Apple’s iOS 5 will be available as a free update for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2 and iPod touch users. It will also come pre-installed on the iPhone 4S.
iCloud, Apple’s set of free cloud services, will be available concurrently with iOS 5. It wirelessly stores your music, photos, apps, contacts, calendars, documents and more, keeping them up to date across all your iOS devices. iCloud comes with 5GB of free storage which is a decent amount of space considering that purchased apps, books and your photo streams don’t count against the free storage.
“iCloud is the easiest way to manage your content, because iCloud does it all for you and goes far beyond anything available today,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services said in a statement. “You don’t have to think about syncing your devices, because it happens automatically, and it is free.”
Apple’s iTunes Match service will also be powered by iCloud. The service costs $24.99 a year and it allows users to store their entire iTunes library in the cloud and access it from any iOS-based device.