Apple has officially announced that the latest iteration of its mobile operating system - iOS 5 - will be rolled out this month to a number of current and previous generation devices.
iOS 5 will be available to download for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS, as well as the 3rd and 4th generation iPod touch on October 12th. The new version of Apple's software brings 200-odd new features to the table, including advanced voice-guided assistance by Siri that allows you to simply speak commands to the handset and see them carried out.
It will also be home to a pull-down Notification Centre interface that amalgamates all the missives and alerts on your device, Newsstands – a new folder to organise publications you’re subscribed to -as well as native Twitter integration and a revamped camera interface.
Elsewhere, there is a new Friends & Family application that allows you to track the location of your close ones and iMessage, which is essentially Apple’s answer to BlackBerry Messenger, to name just a few.
The Cupertino phone-maker took the stage earlier today to unveil the long-awaited successor to the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S, packing a dual core A5 processor, an eight-megapixel camera with full HD recording and HSDPA+ data speeds of up to 14.4mbps. Of course, iOS 5 will be installed out of the box.
The handset will be released on October 14th in selected countries including the UK, US, Germany, France and Japan, with preorders to begin on October 7th.
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