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Apple releases iOS 5; firmware features some 200 improvements

John Cox | Oct. 14, 2011
Apple has released iOS 5 for its smartphones and tablets, bring about 200 improvements and refinements to the latest iteration of its mobile operating system.

Apple has tweaked the Safari Web browser in iOS 5, boosting performance and adding a raft of improvements, according to Geoffrey Goetz at GigaOm

A key but rather hidden change in Safari is increased HTML 5 compatibility, as an in-depth test by Infoworld discovered. 

"InfoWorld saw surprising results in tests of iOS 5's Safari browser against the major mobile and desktop browsers," writes Galen Gruman. "IOS 5 has 36% more HTML5 capabilities baked in than its predecessor iOS 4.3, 33% more than the current Android 3.2 'Honeycomb' tablet browser, and 61% more than the current Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' smartphone browser."



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