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New iOS5 out and ready for download!

Apple’s new iOS5 is now out and ready for download. The file is 774MB which is pretty big for a phone software but includes a slew of enhancements, updates and fixes for the iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad and last 2 generations of the iPod Touch.

I’ve actually been downloading iOS5 since this morning but the additional update for iTunes 10.5 practically bloated the download to around 1.3GB. And it’s not yet finished until now.

The complete lists of supported devices include:

Products compatible with this software update:
• iPhone 4S
• iPhone 4
• iPhone 3GS
• iPad 2
• iPad
• iPod touch (4th generation)
• iPod touch (3rd generation)

Here’s a quick preview video of what iOS5 can do:

The more promising improvements include:

• iCloud Support
• Built-in support for Twitter
• Notifications
• iMessage
• Newsstand

Still waiting to finish my download and share some impressions. Update to follow.

To download, just plug in your device to iTunes and select update then prepare for a very long wait.

Update: Finally finished downloading and installing it on my iPhone 4 and iPod Touch. The frustrating part is that for every device variant you have, it’s a totally new download. It’s 744MB for the iPhone 4 & the iPod Touch while only 707Mb for the iPad. Still it would have been better if they include the updates in one master file.

Here are several things I noticed after upgrading to iOS5:

  • A set up wizard will introduce you to the new settings and help you decide to activate them or not. This includes iCloud, iMessage, Find My Phone and Syncing options.
  • iCloud gives you up to 5GB of free online storage to sync with contents of your device but you can actually buy more space. I encountered errors in syncing with iCloud which is probably due to the massive traffic it has been getting since yesterday. Additional iCloud storage is $20 per 10GB.
  • Twitter integration has been flawlessly improved. I was able to synchronize my contact list with data from my Twitter followers and pull additional data as well as the avatars.
  • The drop-down notifications are nice and obviously copied from Android. The weather widget is there and it looks like the one from HTC Sense UI.
  • Disk usage is now broken down into individual apps so you know which ones are taking how much space on your device.
  • Wireless syncing with iTunes over WiFi works just very neatly. This feature was certainly copied from Microsoft Zune.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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32 Responses

  1. franco says:

    774.4mb, no resume option.

  2. GensanBoy says:

    I waited for this at 1 in the morning but I finally installed it only this noon. Great improvement in my Ipad 2.

  3. Rob says:

    Do I need to have the latest itunes version to download the iOS 5?

    I think I’ll just wait for more of Yuga’s comments after he completely downloaded his.

  4. zeratul88 says:

    installed and updated to iOS5 here in singapore. 30mins lang lahat. Done. :) butingting mode na ngayon.. yung mga na-OP tumahimik na lang. Andaming haters eh. hahaha

  5. Benchmark says:

    hmmm they all combined the feature of tab browsing of Firefox and messaging of Blackberry,….ayus!

    May jailbreak na ba nyan? hehehehe

    • Patrick says:

      Meron nang available na jailbreak, pero tethered pa lang tsaka hindi pa fully functional yung available na jailbreak.

      Dami pang flaws, better wait around a week or two baka may ilabas na sila na untethered and fully functional.

  6. Pipo says:

    After 3 failed attempts to update via iTunes, decided to download ipsw file instead and did a manual update. Worked like magic.

  7. koks says:

    I’ve been using iOS 5 since the release of beta 1 :)

  8. Brickz says:

    Have you not updated your iTunes for a while, Mr. Abe? My update for iTunes from the pre-10.5 version to v10.5 was only 78MB and it didn’t include QuickTime anymore. Making my total update size only 852 MB compared to your 1.3 GB

  9. PrinceTey says:

    Seems like most of the new features in iOS5 is already present with Android way before but I like the iMessage and of course Siri feature but other than that nothing is new.

  10. stArvin says:

    ganda ng ios5, took 30mins to download, another 20 to restore …

  11. Teknisyan says:

    I’m still downloading it as well. Yesterday.. I keep getting the 3002 error. So I decided to try it today.


    • kiel0426 says:

      pano install ung .ipsw ung manually download na ios5?? lagi din kc ako nakakareceive ng error

  12. Mat says:

    I’m having problems when trying to sync with icloud. Everything else works fine.

  13. Mln says:

    It is such a hassle to download. I have less thuan 10gb on my laptop c: drive and it keeps going to it even when I re-installed it to d:. It keeps saying I need around 15gb of space to bak up

    • Mln says:

      Success! I was able to make itunes use my d: drive to backup (it has more than 25gb)and itunes was able to update my ipad to iOS5. Nice! I can use the ipad while I sync and backup

  14. meoq says:

    downloaded! <3

  15. wreek888 says:

    I think i will wait for upgrade to 5.01 and unthetered JB para isahan na lang.

  16. JK says:

    Took me 2hours to download last night and restored for 15 minutes. What can I say? It’s worth updating. :)

  17. H says:

    pwede na bang mag bluetooth ng pictures, videos and music?

    • H says:

      wait, nabasa ko sa apple store ito. does it work? sayang di pwede sa non apple devices.

      “iMessage lets you send text messages, photos, and videos to any iOS 5 device — free over Wi-Fi.”

  18. mi says:

    Here is the alternative download link- http://bit.ly/downloadarea

  19. justin says:

    Ayaw Gumana ng iMessage sa akin at sa misis ko.. ayaw magsend sa isa’t isa

  20. Sanji says:

    Hi, can I ask kung di ba nawawala ang jailbreak if I update to iOS5?

  21. Erick says:

    I bought a Ipad 2 in the States, brought it back to the Philippines to get it unlocked….When I bought it it had the IOS 4.35 software, so know can I update my ipad 2 with the IOS 5 update….

    • Glenn says:

      just hook up your ipad 2 on your computer

      *make sure you are using itunes 10.5

      itunes will automatically recognize your ipad just follow the instructions on itunes

      and presto running ka ng ios 5

  22. Glenn says:

    already jailbreak my ipod touch running ios 5

    eto ung mga links
    *tethered to ahhh….


    there is no available jailbreak for ipad 2 and 4S

  23. Sac says:

    Sir just want to ask question i purchase my iphone 4 in singapore but now im using it here in the philippines is it advisable to upgrade to ios5?

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