I know that much of the average iFan’s attention is on the iPhone 5, but the release of iOS 5 deserves at least as much attention. I know a large percentage of iPhone 4 users won’t be upgrading, but if you are in this group then this new version of Apple’s operating system will do a lot to tide you over.
An admittedly very unscientific poll that ran recently in Brighthand‘s Apple forum reminded me that there is a large percentage of iPhone users who are still in the middle of two-year contracts with AT&T and Verizon. This means that, for these people, the imminent launch of the iPhone 5 is entirely academic. They can’t afford to pay an unsubsidized price for this smartphone, as starts at $450 and goes up from there.
But, if this is you, that hardly means that there’s nothing to look forward to this fall. The upcoming introduction of iOS 5 is going to make your current smartphone easier to use in a number of ways.
Apple announced the details of iOS back at the beginning of the summer, but since then has been quiet about when it is going to be released. That hasn’t stopped or even slowed the rumormill, which now indicated that the iOS 5 upgrade will be available in the second week of October.
If you want to judge the evidence for yourself, click through to this news article on Brighthand:
This article includes a description of many of the features that are going to debut in the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system.