In reviewing some of the new features of the soon-to-be unleashed iOS 5, I ran across a few that got me thinking.
One of the observations I have made about mobile devices, specifically Apple’s, is the dependency on owning a computer. There are a lot of tasks or features that simply are dependent on connecting up to your PC to work the way they should.
There is a new little feature that will come with iOS 5 called PC Free. This will allow independence for all iOS devices. You will no longer need to connect to a PC for things like setup, activation or updates. It also leverages Apple’s recently announced iCloud so you now have complete independence without redundancy.
In a way, mobile just got mobile.
These are two important evolutions in the mobile space. Most devices in the future will not be stand-alone. They will work hand in hand with other devices to become more powerful and make tasks easier. On the other hand, you don’t want devices like your phone or tablet to be dependent on connecting to something to make them useful. I am looking forward to exploring the new iOS and taking advantage of some of the features like these.
Another feature I am very excited about is Twitter integration. I am a Twitter addict, as you may know, so anything that makes it easier to tweet is just fine with me. The fact that I will be able to sign in once and tweet from Safari, Photos, the camera or even directly from YouTube make me all giddy. This feature will allow you to share whatever you are learning about with your network instantly.
Then, add the fact that they have connected my Contacts on my iOS device to Twitter – well, that really makes my life easier. I wonder if I will even need to open the Twitter app anymore.
Now, this next feature… it’s a sweet spot in the learning space. It also goes along with the subject of device integration, a subject I seem to be talking a lot about lately.
Imagine teaching a class or giving a business presentation and sharing whatever’s on your iPad to an HDTV. Everyone in the classroom can see exactly what’s on your iPad display up on the big screen. It will do this by using Apple TV. It’s called video mirroring and is possible now via a cable. It’s now going wireless! This could have a big impact in the classroom, and perhaps my living room. 🙂
Here is some additional reading about iOS 5 in case you are interested in learning more:
- AppleInsider: Apple’s free iCloud will automatically sync data from Macs, PCs, iOS devices
- MacRumors: Early Earthquake Warning System in iOS 5 for Japanese Users
- MacRumors: PC Free: No Computer Needed for iOS 5 Devices
- Apple: 200+ new features for iOS 5
- Macworld: Apple unveils iOS5 at WWDC
- Engadget: Apple’s iOS 5 – all the details
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