iOS 5 is now available for download through the latest version of iTunes. New features in this version include a new messaging system, a notification system similar to Android’s, and a location based reminder system. After this update, future updates will be done over the air as opposed to users having to use iTunes to update their devices.
According to a Washington Post article, some users are experiencing download times of up to four hours because of the high traffic. Some users are even having problems connecting to iTunes.
In other Apple news, Boy Genius Report (BGR) posted that the company may be working on an iPad Mini due out early next year. BGR speculates that the iPad Mini may not be a smaller tablet, but one with lower specs and a smaller price tag in the $200 price range. The lower price may be to attract customers not willing to spend the extra cash on a full fledged iPad and also to compete with the Kindle Fire. BGR quotes Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White,
“We expect this will be followed by a much more powerful, feature rich standard-priced iPad 3 in 2012.”