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iPhone 5: iOS 5 beta version issued to developers.

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(Read caption) Apple iOS 5 has been shipped in beta form to developers. Here, the screen of an Apple iPhone 3GS.

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iOS 5, the latest iteration of Apple's mobile operating system, has been dished out in beta version to developers, and judging by the early reports, the upgrade over iOS 4 won't be particularly enormous. There are bunch of bug fixes – and hat tip here to Boy Genius Report, which has published a sheaf of iOS 5 details – and full compatibility with iCloud. Also on the docket (maybe): Some sort of text-to-speech function.

In a much-read post over at PC World, Ian Paul argues that much of iOS 5 feels familiar. And for a good reason: iOS 5, Paul says, gets a lot of its best features from Android. Paul has compiled a list of the "ripped-off" functionalities, which include greater social media integration and over-the-air updates (as opposed to Apple updates now, which require the user to plug his or her device into a computer).


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