Apple iOS 5 Goes Live

Apple’s latest update to its popular operating system for mobile devices has finally arrived with the release Wednesday of the iOS 5 around 1 p.m. EDT.

Simultaneously released with the iOS 5 was the company’s iCloud service, which serves as an open depository of documents, music, videos, and photographs accessible through various devices. The twin release had been anticipated for more than two months, especially the iOS 5. The new version of Apple’s mobile OS serves as an upgrade for the iPhone 4 and 3GS. The iOS 5 also runs on the iPad as well as newer versions of the iPod Touch.

One of the top features of the iOS 5 is its ability to allow wireless content syncing between devices without the need to use a Mac or Windows machine. Another new feature bundled with the iOS 5 is the iMessage, which allows people to chat directly via Wi-Fi or cellular networks for free with the use of any iOS-based device, virtually eliminating text messaging from the equation—at least for iOS users.