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Whats different in Apple’s iOS5

Last week Apple boss Steve Jobs unveiled iOS 5, the latest version of Apple's operating system for iPads, iPhones and iPod touches. So what will it mean for your iPad when it ships in September? These are the biggies:

New notifications

iOS's notifications for things such as new text messages can be intrusive and annoying, so we can't wait for the new notifications system, which puts all your alerts - emails, texts, game notifications - in a single place. You'll be able to access notifications from the lock screen and swipe them to open the appropriate app. There's also a new Reminders feature that can do location-based reminding - so it'll tell you to pick up the shopping when you're near the supermarket.

Easier snapping

You'll be able to launch the camera from the lock screen and use the volume-up control as the shutter button for faster snapping. Photos gets some basic image editing features too: cropping, red-eye removal and auto-enhance.

Free messages

The new iMessage app enables you to send text, photos, videos and contacts between iOS devices without paying a penny. That'll annoy the mobile phone operators immensely.

Twitter integration

The entire operating system will be Twitter-aware, so you can tweet directly from Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube or Maps.

Better Safari

Mac OS X's reading mode makes it to iOS, delivering clutter-free browsing that removes online distractions, and there's a new Reading List feature that enables you to flag articles you'd like to read later.

PC Free

Ever wished you could sync your music or set up a new iOS device without hunting for a USB cable? Now you can. iOS 5 will enable you to activate, maintain and sync your i-device without requiring a PC or Mac.

AirPlay Mirroring

This one's iPad 2-only, unfortunately, but it's really clever: AirPlay now supports video mirroring, so if you've got an Apple TV you can use your TV as an enormous iPad monitor.

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