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iOS 5 now ready for download

iOS 5 now ready for download
Get your hands on the latest Apple OS

Apple has put the new version of its operating system online, with iOS 5 now available for download.

The new software update brings a whole host of new features, including improved notifications, an upgraded camera application with the ability to use the volume key as a shutter button, and support for cloud streaming of your media.

Apple has already put the site online, and iTunes 10.5 has been made available for download (which you'll need to update your Apple device to iOS 5).

All and sundry

The new operating system will be available for all those iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2 and iPod touch (third and fourth gen) owners, and according to reports the new update really improves the performance of the older devices significantly too.

To get the update, simply fire up iTunes 10.5 (make sure you've upgraded) and check to see if there are any updates. You may need to restart your computer after downloading the new iTunes software and it's also a good idea to back up your phone before trying the new software.

Other than that, confirm the update and you'll be up and running! If you decide to take the plunge tonight, let us know in the comments below how you're finding iOS 5.

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.