iOS 5 Release Date: Apple iOS 5 Launches Today With Hundreds of New Features

Apple’s iOS 5 operating system for its mobile devices is available from today, and will feature more than 200 new characteristics.

Among the new features, iCloud, Notifications Center, Reminders and iMessages are said to be noteworthy.

The iCloud is a free service which will allow users 5GB of online “cloud” storage and synchronization.

iCloud will automatically push all documents, apps, calendars, mail, contacts, photos, and music to a user’s other iOS devices.

The Notification Center will allow users to swipe down from the top of the screen and view all the notifications at a glance, similar to that of the Android. The user does not have to pause what they are doing to display the new notification anymore.

iMessages will allow users to send unlimited text messages to anyone with an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, similar to Blackberry’s Messenger.

The new mobile OS will allow users to be cord-free and sync all iDevices without the need for a cable, provided that they are all connected on the same wireless network.

The Telegraph’s Shane Richmond wrote: “The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 5, is such a significant overhaul that users who install it today will feel like they have a new device.”