Was iOS 5 worth the wait?

Apple’s much anticipated iOS 5 was launched yesterday. The new operating system offers a range of new features and enhancements for Apple devices.

  • The new notification system is the biggest new feature. Messages are displayed at the top of your screen, meaning you can continue on the app you’re currently working on, without having to worry about the notification. You can also customize this feature to suit your needs.
  • Apple’s take on Blackberry Messenger is also available, where you can send group or individual message to people via 3G or Wi-Fi. iMessage works just like the normal MMS app, but uses email addresses instead to send text and photos to people.
  • The camera settings have also gone advanced, with added photo-editing choices. You can now rotate or crop an image, as well as other things, with ease. You can also access your camera directly from the lock screen.
  • Twitter has been integrated with iOS 5, meaning you can send tweets and photos from Safari, Photos, Maps and YouTube, along with the main app.
  • New apps and features are also available, either by iOS 5 or download. These include Newsstand, which holds your magazine/newspaper subscriptions for easy access, and Find My Friends, to share your whereabouts with other people.
  • You no longer need to rely on your USB cable to connect your Apple device to iTunes. iOS 5 lets you sync them together by Wi-Fi or iCloud, making it easier to automatically download apps across devices.

However, Apple weren’t ready for the rush and the release left many users disappointed yesterday, as they were greeted by an error message during installation.

The problem started when too many people tried to connect to Apple’s servers in order to install the new system at the same time, making ‘Error 3200’ appear on people’s screens.

Apple’s server reps were said to be working on the problem. Others issues included missing apps, lengthy backups and bricked iPhones.

Not everyone experienced these problems, so people were able to enjoy the long-awaited software without the lengthy wait.

Did you experience trouble with installing iOS 5? What is your favourite feature? Let us know in the comments below.


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