updated 01:55 pm EDT, Tue October 4, 2011
All recent devices supported
Presenting at its special iPhone event, Apple has announced that iOS 5 will go public on October 12th. All of Apple's recent iOS devices will be supported, including first- and second-generation iPads, the iPhone 4 and 3GS, and third- and fourth-generation iPod touches. The firmware introduces a host of features, such as Twitter integration, the BBM-like iMessage, Newsstand, and an overhauled notification system.
Apple has also taken the wraps off of Find My Friends, a new app that lets people locate peers who've allowed their locations to become visible. Invites can be sent asking for temporary permission to see a friend's location, restoring privacy once the time limit is up. Parental controls are designed to prevent the stalking of children.