iOS 5 for “Old” iPhone & iPad: New Features, Twitter Everywhere & New Free Apple Apps

Apple’s iOS 5 update had a hard time getting into the hands of owners of “old” devices like the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 yesterday because of problems with Apple’s servers. Although these “older” devices (compared to the iPhone 4S) will not have features such as the Siri AI speech recognition services, there are a number of significant upgrades including:

– The ability to create Twitter updates directly from the browser, photo viewer and other apps
– iCloud synchronization
– Rotate, enhance, red-eye correction and cropping right in the photo app
– The free iMessage text-messaging service
– Android-like pull down notifications
– Customized typing shortcuts
– Optional iPad on-screen split keyboard

Apple also introduced new integrated and add-on apps for the iPhone and iPad. There are three new apps that build into

– Newsstand: Collects magazine and newspaper purchases from the App Store
– Reminders: Task list
– Videos: The old (pre iOS 5) iPod app was split into two apps: Music and Videos.

There are also four new free apps from Apple:

– AirPort Utility: Manage Apple’s WiFi hardware from an iOS device
– Cards: This oddity lets you create and mail a physical greeting card
– Find My Friends: A temporary location finder for friends and family. It is somewhat like Glympse
– iTunes Movie Trailer: View movie trailers

For the sake of completeness, the second generation Apple TV received a version 4.4 update that added four new content apps for that platform.