Good News for iPad Lovers – iOS 5 Has Arrived!
If you are an iPad lover, you’ll be happy to know that Apple released their latest iOS 5 operating system today.
Many of you have anxiously been waiting for this release because Apple has been spouting off about it for months. They have been busy building anticipation levels to the point that their cult followers (um, I mean customers) were dying to get their hands on it.
Apple has been building this anticipation with the promise that this update to iOS will be the most dramatic update in history with over 200 new features. Well, today was the day when the new Apple mothership finally landed on planet earth. The real questions is; did it live up to all the hype?
Eager to find out for myself, I installed it on my iPad today and to tell you the truth, I kind of expected it to at least look a little different but I have to say that my initial impression of it was that it appears much like iOS 4.3. At least that’s how I felt before I started digging in a bit more.
My Favorite Feature of iOS 5
After a bit more investigation, I must admit that I like quite a few things about iOS 5 but one of the things I like the most is that they’ve finally cut the umbilical cord that has bound the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch to a computer for so long. You used to have to install iTunes on your computer to set your Apple device up when you first brought it home. Then you had to plug your device into your computer to sync your music and files between iTunes and your iPad. If you didn’t own a computer and you wanted to sync an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you were out of luck. This was one of the things that not only annoyed me but a lot of other people as well.
Now, when you bring your device home from the store or if you already own a device, there’s no need to deal with syncing to iTunes via a PC or Mac. You will still need to use a computer to open an Apple account if you don’t already have one. This will provide you with an Apple ID that you will use to access iTunes, and the Apple App Store, iCloud.
If you already have an Apple ID, you’ll never have to plug your Apple device into a computer to sync it again! The reason for this is that Apple has unleashed a new free service called iCloud that will allow the syncing of your devices to the cloud wirelessly. I would say how cool this is but instead I’ll say, it’s about time!
Be sure and check back with me as I’ll continue to add to this article and share the features that I really like about iOS 5 in the coming weeks. For now, I’m off to dig through it a bit more and play with it to unveil these 200 new features that Apple promised us all.