Steve Jobs unveiled iOS 5 back at WWDC this year. Since then, those of us with an iPhone 3GS or later device have been anxiously looking forward to the array of new features and functionality introduced in the update. At last week's Let's Talk iPhone keynote, Apple revealed that today was the lucky day for iOS 5, and if you've got a device that'll run it-- Plug it into iTunes, make sure you sync, and mash that update button.

My favorite improvement so far has definitely got to be the entirely revised push alert notification system. That nasty blue popup that interrupts everything you're doing when you get a text message, your Tiny Tower is ready for something, or the zillion other things that used that type of been notification is a thing of the past. Now there's an incredibly elegant notification center where all these alerts are stored, and the actual popups themselves simply scroll in from the top instead of stealing focus.

If you've got an iPad 2 (or are getting an iPhone 4S in a few days), you'll be able to do display mirroring via AirPlay. Doing cool things with this is largely dependent on developers utilizing it in interesting ways, but so far Firemint is doing awesome things with Real Racing 2.

In addition, Game Center has seen a few tweaks. One I'm most excited for is turn-based support. If developers utilize it, Game Center can handle all of the matchmaking and turn data management between players. I've heard from developers that this functionality does not degrade gracefully to previous versions of iOS, but once iOS 5 adoption picks up we could see a rush of great turn-based games now that developers can offload their entire online infrastructure onto Game Center.

 

 

iCloud isn't something that should be underestimated. Out of the box it'll keep your device backed up to Apple's data centers and in the event of device failure, loss, theft, or whatever else you'll be able to re-download the entire contents of your phone regardless of the last time you synced. Also, once developers start embracing it, you'll be able to seamlessly sync save game data between devices. As someone who often plays games on both my iPhone and iPad, I can't wait for this to pick up steam.

iOS 5 is an incredible upgrade. I've been running the developer version since the gold master hit last week, and much like the upgrade from iOS 3 to iOS 4, my iPhone 4 feels like a totally new device. iOS 5 boasts a feature list of over 200 additions and improvements, so if you want to know everything that is new and different, check out this huge list over on MacRumors.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I'll download/install iOS 5... just as soon as Mac OS X finishes downloading a 949 MB update prior to the iTunes 10.5 update, which is required prior to downloading the iOS 5 update! WTF? The OS update alone will apparently take 35-45 minutes (it keeps jumping).

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I'll download/install iOS 5... just as soon as Mac OS X finishes downloading a 949 MB update prior to the iTunes 10.5 update, which is required prior to downloading the iOS 5 update! WTF? The OS update alone will apparently take 35-45 minutes (it keeps jumping).

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I'll download/install iOS 5... just as soon as Mac OS X finishes downloading a 949 MB update prior to the iTunes 10.5 update, which is required prior to downloading the iOS 5 update! WTF? The OS update alone will apparently take 35-45 minutes (it keeps jumping).

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I'll download/install iOS 5... just as soon as Mac OS X finishes downloading a 949 MB update prior to the iTunes 10.5 update, which is required prior to downloading the iOS 5 update! WTF? The OS update alone will apparently take 35-45 minutes (it keeps jumping).

  • Jacob Gehman

    Yikes, I can't tell if it is Apple servers which are overloaded, or my own internet which is lagging, but whatever the case I'm not sure if this will EVER download...

  • P Allen

    Mine failed to download when it was almost done which is probably a good thing as I've just read it needs to do a restore from backup afterwards and if previous experience is anything to go by that will take hours. I'm not sure whether to bother at all now.

  • Anonymous

    Grrr... really irritated right now. Said it was going to take 20 min. to download, and then it timed out when it had 2 min. left. Now it says its going to take 2 frikin hours.

    • Anonymous

      It seems to not know when it'll be finished. Now it says 45 min.

      • Anonymous

        Timed out again! And my internet isn't bad or anything.... Are their servers overloaded?

      • Anonymous

        So, the lesson is to do a "download and don't install" first, then do the real thing.

      • Chan Chee Hou

        the download was completed, i plug my phone in it ask me to re-download it... what has happen?

  • http://twitter.com/JCman7 James Donnellon

    I downloaded iOS 5 but now having troubling installing it. I backed up my ipod but it still wants to do another backup and its taking forever finally it was going to install and my ipod restarted and everything and then.....an error has occured and your device can not be restored.... ugh its back to asking me to update to iOS 5

    • Ivo Smolis

      Same issue here :< 3002 unknown error :(

      • http://twitter.com/JCman7 James Donnellon

        :(

      • Ivo Smolis

        More people at macrumors have the same problem, apparently it has something to do with the Apple servers overload and ppl say that Apple is aware of the problem and they're trying to fix it. Meh, hope they will eventually manage to cope with the issues :)

      • Ivo Smolis

        More people at macrumors have the same problem, apparently it has something to do with the Apple servers overload and ppl say that Apple is aware of the problem and they're trying to fix it. Meh, hope they will eventually manage to cope with the issues :)

      • http://twitter.com/JCman7 James Donnellon

        Bummer guess we have to be patient :'(

      • Maikel Gerritze

        Had the same problem, but it's finally restoring now...

        Edit: Scary stuff. It first restored back to factory setting before suddenly restoring from my old backup. This might take a while...

      • http://twitter.com/JCman7 James Donnellon

        Yeah that's what its suppose to do many people arent happy about it

      • http://twitter.com/JCman7 James Donnellon

        Finally got mine installed!

      • Ivo Smolis

        Yay, restoring now. Seems like the only solution is trying again and again and again...

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

    Jailbreak > Any features in iOS 5

    • http://twitter.com/JCman7 James Donnellon

      boooo

    • http://www.vgartdesign.com Vlad

      Hmm, most of the things that made jailbreaking attractive 3 years ago made their way to official iOS. Pretty nice to see Apple looking at what their users jailbreak for. The last thing is the "Themes," but that's never gonna happen for Apple.

      • Ivo van Heel

        Being able to play SNES RPGs does it for me.

  • Tony Yang

    I had the 3002 error, my solution: Downloaded iOS5 through iTunes. Backed up iPhone 4. Restore iPhone 4 to factory defaults, after which it will ask you to restore a previous backup. Once that's done, you'll be running iOS5, with all your apps restored, just make sure you keep iTunes running!

  • Ivo Smolis

    OK now that's cool - it installed iOS 5 with factory settings, then restored settings, contacts, messages, notes etc. and now the programs and music are synced on the fly. You can use your iPhone while the programs and music are restored seamlessly. I guess you can't disconnect the cable though ;)

  • Anonymous

    If you're having trouble updating to iOS 5, disconnect your iDevice from you computer first. Restore to factory settings by going to Settings>General>Reset>Erase All Content and Settings
    After the reset, connect your iDevice to your computer. In iTunes click update, that's it. iOS 5 is awesome! My iPhone 4 is snappier and I'm using  iCloud.

  • Michael Howland

    How come I have iOS 5, but none of the swiping features?! GRRR!

  • Anonymous

    Wait, does this mean in order to install iOS 5 I have to first erase all my apps and their data?  That would be kind of ironic (erasing all my game data for the promise of future iCloud game save functionality)

    • Orion noirO

      I think it amazes me more, that a person who apparently understands iClouds promise, doesn't understand what a backup and restore is.

  • http://twitter.com/back2this Sean Yuan

    Just got it installed. Awesome update indeed.

    @back2this:twitter 

  • http://twitter.com/lr1919 L

    Took 4 hours to update my iPhone 4... Why doesn't it ever remember my folders? I hate iTunes!

  • http://twitter.com/lr1919 L

    great... still didn't work... can't sync my apps!

  • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

    Pretty cool, but I really don't think anyone should jump into iCloud without OS X Lion. The ideal situation is to have your computers constantly talking to each other and syncing. No one wants to 'just' sync with the Web version. That's clunky. 

    When Lion is ready for primetime (sigh) I'll get it ... A few more gigs of RAM are required though, I hear its slow.

    • Anonymous

      Dunno how much you have, but 4GB has been fine for me with Lion. Assuming your box is upgradeable, 4GB isn't expensive nowadays.

    • Ron Goodrich

      I was hesitant but bit the bullet this past week on my laptop with 4gig ram. Lion has been very snappy and I'm glad I did it.

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