As promised, Apple today released iOS 5, its latest update to its mobile OS. Users looking to upgrade can simply connect their device to iTunes (version 10.5 required) and hit the “Check for Update” button.
iOS 5 brings along more than 200 new features, with some of the more anticipated improvements being a revamped notifications system, twitter integration, reminders, and iMessage.
It’s also worth mentioning that iOS 5 may be the last time a user will have to hook up their device to iTunes in order to activate and sync through iTunes. One of iOS 5’s many features is something Apple calls PC Free which enables users to enjoy their iOS device without needing a computer. The PC Free feature is naturally complemented by Apple’s iCloud service – which has already started rolling out – in that it will handle all syncing for photos, documents, and even music.
iOS 5 will also come standard on the iPhone 4S which hits stores this Friday. Note, though, that Siri will be an iPhone 4S-only feature.