iOS 5 will officially land on October 12; more details revealed

Apple has confirmed that the next version of its iOS mobile platform will roll out in the next week.

The wait for iOS 5 will soon be over as Apple has officially announced that Wednesday, October 12 will be the drop date.

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The next version of Apple's mobile operating system, which was first unveiled at WWDC 2011 in June, will be available to download for existing iOS device owners for free.

The following (already available) devices will support iOS 5: iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, and the 3rd and 4th generations of the iPod touch.

Apple's senior vice president of iOS software Scott Forstall revealed more details about what we can expect from iOS 5 as well as iCloud.

We already know about Twitter integration, and there already look like a few things that might be forgotten amidst all of the other new features, such as iCard. (Although it does look more attractive than most of the other digital card mailing services available online.)

Game Center is getting more social with friend recommendations. Safari will have a new Reader feature, that some fear might kill off Instapaper.

Another app that could be nervous is Foursquare as Apple has integrated the Find My Friends app onto the iPhone, which enables the user to choose to find people around him/her. Although, this could also run the risk of upsetting more iOS owners, many of whom were already scared off by the tracking features that proved controversial earlier this year.

Daily backups (i.e. contacts, calendars, settings, etc.) on iOS will be uploaded to iCloud, making for an easier restore process should you lose your iPhone or iPad. Photo streams and document editing in Pages will also be available via iCloud.


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