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Up close with iOS 5: Calendar changes

Calendar misses out on some of the flashier improvements to existing apps in the iOS 5 update. But the changes that are there will be greatly welcomed by those who use iOS 5's calendaring app.

Up close with iOS 5: Game Center

Apple introduced Game Center to the iOS platform about a year ago, and while 67 million people have signed up for the service, it hasn't always been as useful as it could be. iOS 5 looks to change that by making it easier to find both friends and games via Game Center.

Up close with iOS 5: Photos and Camera changes

Given the iPhone's popularity as a camera, it's no surprise that Apple would look to boost the photography features contained in its mobile OS. But what's new in the Camera and Photo apps with iOS 5? Jason Snell has the answers.

Hands on with the new iPod nano software

The iPod nano Software 1.2 update brings the latest features, including a new interface, new clock faces, and new fitness capabilities, to all sixth-generation iPods.

Up close with iOS 5: Mail's changes

iOS 5 continues the trend seen of prior mobile OS updates, in which a number of user-requested features find their way into Mail. Dan Frakes looks at what's new with iOS 5's mail client.

Up close with iOS 5: Newsstand

All devices running iOS 5 will feature a new permanent folder called Newsstand that will feature magazines and newspapers subscriptions. Jason Snell has more on this new iOS feature.

Up close with iOS 5: Reminders

You won't confuse Reminders, the new built-in to-do manager added with iOS 5, with some of the more full-featured task managers in the App Store. But Apple simply aims to add basic to-do list capabilities to its mobile OS. Here's what to expect from Reminders.

Up close with iOS 5: Safari

The latest version of mobile Safari adds even more features inspired by the Mac edition of Apple's Web browser. The finished product won't match the full-featured experience of a desktop Web browser, but with Safari in iOS 5, you won't feel like sacrificing quite as much when you browse on the go.

Up close with iOS 5: Twitter integration

Twitter has always teamed up very nicely with Apple's mobile operating system and the devices powered by it, but with iOS 5, it becomes fully integrated. Now you can tweet photos, links, and more from wherever you happen to be.

Up close with iOS 5: iMessage

Our look at the major changes iOS 5 introduces continues with iMessage, a way to send text, picture, and video messages to other iOS devices users without racking up SMS/MMS charges.

Up close with iOS 5: Notification improvements

iOS notifications have come a long way since their introduction in iPhone OS 3.0. With iOS 5, the blue pop-up notification is no more; it has been replaced by a system of banners, alerts, and a pull-down Notification Center.

iCloud: Purchases and iTunes Match

Part of iCloud is an initiative known as iTunes in the Cloud, which includes the abilities to auto download newly purchased content on other computers or devices, to re-download many types of past purchases, and to store your music in the cloud with an optional service called iTunes Match. Here's how they work.

Slideshow: Apple talks iPhone

Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S, updated iPods, and talked iCloud and iOS 5 at its Tuesday event. Here are some images and recaps of the Cupertino event.