As impressive as it was for Apple Inc. to sell four million new iPhones last week, millions more users will be affected by another release: iOS 5, the latest version of the operating system that runs every iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. I’ve been testing the software and a lot of its claimed 200 new features for a couple of weeks and find it generally impressive. But unlike the iPhone 4S, with its breakthrough Siri voice-based personal assistant, iOS 5 feels more catch-up than forge-ahead. Many of the new features — secure texting, tabbed Web browsing, pull-down notifications — may already be familiar to users of devices running Google Inc.’s Android software, Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone 7 and Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry. As usual, Apple’s contribution is to polish the concepts, making them seamless and painless. That doesn’t necessarily extend to setting up iOS 5, which wasn’t as smooth as it should have been. When I updated my iPad 2, my Mac continued to display a “Restoring iPad apps” message long after the iPad itself was telling me that everything had already been installed. At the end of the process, I was presented on my Mac with an obscure,…
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