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Apple releases new operating system for iPhone handsets, iPad tablet and other devices

Cupertino based computer and software company Apple has made available its latest iOS 5 platform, which is ready to be downloaded and installed for Apple iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad, iPad 2, iPod touch 3rd and 4th generation of their devices.

iOS 5 can be installed by connecting an Apple device to a computer running iTunes, which recognises if a compatible product is eligible for the update with the new operating system being automatically downloaded and added to the device.

The new platform includes over 200 new features, including a new notification centre that is an easier way to view and manage notifications in one place without any interruption. There is also iMessage – a new messaging service that allows for the simpler sending of text messages, photos and videos between all iOS 5 users.

iOS 5 arrives pre-installed on the iPhone 4S with iCloud, which is a set of cloud services that works with the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC for wirelessly storing content in the iCloud, which then pushes it to all devices.

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Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.