Apple is set to release iOS 5 on October 12th. The update will bring a whole slew of new features to iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users, including an improved notification system, support for the new iCloud synchronization service, and the ability to download future updates over-the-air without connecting to iTunes. But if you want to move from iOS 4 to iOS 5, you’ll need to sync with iTunes at least one more time.
First, you’ll need to grab iTunes 10.5. Fortunately, Apple just released it, so you don’t have to wait until the 12th.
So aside from support for iOS 5, what’s new in iTunes 10.5? Here are a few of the highlights:
- Sync your computer with an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad over your WiFi network.
- iTunes now stores music and movie purchases online so you can re-download to any device.
- You can download any app, movie, song, or eBook that you’ve previously purchased.
- You can automatically download items on your computer after purchasing them on an iOS device.
You can download the latest version of iTunes from apple.com/itunes/download.
If you plan to update to iOS 5 soon, it’s also probably a good idea to backup your device to iTunes now to save yourself some time later.