iOS 5 Release Date: A Review of the Pros and Cons

Apple’s new operating system, the iOS 5 was released today and technology insiders are analyzing the new operating system’s pros and cons.

In a review for CNET, Jason Parker wrote, “Though iOS 5 is not as drastic of an upgrade as we saw with iOS 4 in June 2010, it does offer some much-needed and exciting enhancements for iOS users. A few are quiet and long overdue and others will seriously change how you use your Apple handset.”

Cons of the updated software have a lot to do with limitations on certain issues. For example, iOS 5 requires a connection to a computer via USB to set up iTunes Wi-Fi Sync and using Mail and Notes with iCloud requires creating an account.

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Other cons have to do with certain features only working for specific devices and not all Apple products. For instance, Airplay mirroring is limited to iPad 2 and iPhone 4S and Siri voice control is only available on iPhone 4S.

According to PC magazine, one major pro of iOS 5 is the fact that it doesn’t require a MAC or PC for set-up. Pros also include the improved notifications and alerts system. The iCloud backup and recovery is also noted.

One significant pro of iOS 5 is Twitter integration. Users now have the option to post photos to the social networking service without leaving the image gallery or camera application.

“While there are third-party apps that might be a better choice as your Twitter client (iOS 5 Twitter integration does not include browsing Twitter), we think users will appreciate the ability to quickly send a tweet,” wrote Parker.

Available for free, iOS 5 is compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3Gs, both versions of the iPad and the third and fourth generation models of the iPod touch.

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