iOS 5 OTA update

Apple will finally cut the cord with iOS 5.0. Up until now an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad was of limited use if you didn’t have a computer, because you had to connect to a computer and run iTunes to activate your device, backup your data, or install system updates. Soon you won’t need a PC at all.

Users will be able to activate a device over a wireless connection in iOS 5.0. And when it comes time to download a system update, you’ll only need to download the new portions of the OS rather than the entire operating system. That should make it much simpler to update over a WiFi connection.

Apple is also making it possible to do things directly on your iOS device that you could previously only do with a computer, such as creating or deleting calendars.

iOS 5.0 will also support wireless synchronization of data between your mobile device and your computer, but it will be the first version of iOS that doesn’t assume you do have a PC in the house.

 

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing.He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

One reply on “Apple: iOS 5.0 to go PC Free: WiFi Sync, over-the-air software updates”

  1. Steve got mostly right, “the pc was going to become the digital hub for your digital life.” For most of us PCs are our digital hubs. Where else would we store our stuff cost effectively. That is why I was so excited about technology like polkast, http://www.polkast.com, that turn your PCs to your personal iCloud. No need to upload or Sync and wait. No cloud storage limitation mostly due bandwidth limitation and cost. Polkast lets your tablet or smart phone access all the files on your PC from where– instantly, easily and securely.Why take round trip to the cloud unnecessarily when your PC and mobile devices are next to each other? And most of your content and media are already on your PCs?

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