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Apple launches iCloud and iOS 5

By Lito Carasig - Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Today is the BIG day for all iOS fans: Apple has just released the latest version of its mobile platform for all iDevices – iOS 5.  Not only that, the Cupertino Company has simultaneously put its iCloud website/service online for the masses to enjoy.

Yesterday, iTunes was upped to version 10.5 which supports both iOS 5 and the iCloud service and from the looks of things; we’re in for a very busy weekend up ahead. 

Almost a month ago, we said that Apple may launch the next version of iOS 5, which was announced in June in Apple’s WWDC, by early October (we’re off by exactly 5 days only), and sure enough today Apple has given us a double treat in the form of a new iOS and the iCloud going live. 

Initial reports indicate that a lot of users are having a somewhat difficult time downloading the update, but that is to be expected because, as of now, Apple servers are overloaded with download queues and requests for its newly-birthed software. Add to this iCloud going live means that almost everyone is online trying to log in, create accounts or just simple taking the site for a ride.

So, what can we look forward to from Apple’s new software and service? A lot.

For starters, the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS has more than 200 new features and tweaks to satisfy even the most jaded fanboys (and fangirls) out there.  Though a lot of these new features have been talked about extensively, with developers having had plenty of time to try them out, the software is finally being made available to us mere mortals to download, install and enjoy on our favourite iDevices. The iCloud , on the other hand, will be a very important one for all iDevice users because it will provide the service to wirelessly sync and update all of our favorite Apple gadgets. We will no longer have to rely on a computer to do simple tasks like uploading and downloading music, videos, photos and apps, which is in line with Apple’s vision for a “post-pc” world.

All of these events and releases are paving the way for the this coming Friday’s roll out of the iPhone 4S. 

Question is : will you be camping out is one of Apple’s hundreds of stores just to get your hands on iPhone 4S?  If so, maybe I’ll see you there.

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