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Apple's iOS 5 Features: Everything You Need To Know

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 06/06/11 04:58 PM ET   Updated: 08/06/11 06:12 AM ET

Apple took the wraps off its new mobile operating system, iOS 5, at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday. The company's senior vice president of iOS software, Scott Forstall, announced the new OS before a packed auditorium of eager developers and bloggers, who oohed and aahed as the new features were announced.

This OS release comes with over 200 new features. Apple previewed 10 major upgrades to the platform, including Twitter integration, Wi-Fi syncing, new notifications and messaging and improved browsing--to name just a few.

iOS 5 will be available in Fall 2011 for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPads 1 and 2, and iPod Touch (third and fourth generations) devices.

Check out our slideshow (below) to see the hottest new features iOS 5 has to offer.

For more WWDC 2011 coverage, including Mac OS X Lion, the free iCloud storage offering, photos of Steve Job onstage and more. Visit Apple.com for more details on the iOS 5 release.

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If you buy a brand new iOS 5 device, you no longer have to immediately synch it using a PC. "You can now setup and activate your device right on the device and you are ready to go. It's that easy," said Forstall, according to Engadget. When it comes time for a software update, users can download the new software releases over-the-air without a PC. Users will also be able to backup and restore their iDevices via Apple's iCloud.

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