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Apple's next generation mobile operating system is to be released today (12th October), along with over 200 brand new features to bring iOS 5 up to date with leading competitors. Along with this, iCloud and the iPhone 4S -- Apple's cloud service and brand new smartphone respectively -- is to be released today as well.
But as the focus is on iOS 5 which brings them all together in the palm of your hand, let's take a look at the 20 top features of iOS 5 -- including some you may not have heard of.
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- iOS 5 will officially land on October 12; more details revealed
- iOS 5, iCloud out of the box experience
- Gallery: iOS 5 hands on: How iCloud works with the iPhone
- Gallery: iCloud hands on: Bringing your iPhone to the web
- Next-gen iPhone: It’s nothing without iOS, iCloud
- ZDNet’s full coverage of the iPhone 4S launch
iCloud is without doubt the crucial feature to iOS 5 which brings all of your devices together, from MacBooks to iMacs, iPod touches and iPhones -- even to the web. You can synchronise almost anything over the web, from mail to contacts, notes and reminders, to photos and music. iCloud also offers 'iTunes in the Cloud' bringing your music to you wherever you are, and iTunes Match which takes your pirated music collection for $25 a year and 'legitimises' it.
Notifications are not new to iOS 5, but how it stores and displays them is. You can now see all of your notifications in one place by swiping down from the top of the screen, and display notifications in a different, more discreet way. If you are playing a game, it bubbles up from the top without interrupting your game play.