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Video of "PC Free" Set Up of iOS 5 with iCloud



This video shows the first setup of iOS 5 simply using your Apple ID, demonstrating one of the big new features of iOS 5 termed "PC Free".
With iOS 5, you no longer need a computer to own an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Activate and set up your device wirelessly, right out of the box. Download free iOS software updates directly on your device. Do more with your apps — like editing your photos or adding new email folders — on your device, without the need for a Mac or PC. And back up and restore your device automatically using iCloud.
The video shows a user first setting up their iPhone by entering their Apple ID and password. iOS 5 then asks the user to set up iCloud and Find My iPhone, after which the iPhone is restored from backup with Apps being redownloaded in the background.



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72 months ago
Hey..

When did we get up/down rank buttons? AWESOME! :D
Rating: 8 Votes
72 months ago
Having used this for a few hours now, I've got to say the last time I saw an update to iOS that felt this important and significant was the introduction of the App Store.

You can hold your iPhones up high. Android has *nothing* on this. Better maps I guess, but that's it.
Rating: 7 Votes
72 months ago
Music

Ok, just for the record, the accompanying music is great.

(imho)

:D
Rating: 7 Votes
72 months ago

Why PC Free? Not Mac free? Or computer-free?


Mac's are PC's too. PC = personal computer. It is not specific to an OS.
Rating: 7 Votes
72 months ago



Uhh android has had this feature since day one. Remember Android doesn't need syncing software. And if someone wanted to they could use double twist which also had a wireless sync for some time. I have to say apple has added nothing new this time.


True... but think about this...

When someone brings home a new iPhone... and they plug it into iTunes (because they have to)... chances are they already had an iPod before. All their stuff gets synced to their new iPhone automatically.

However, when someone brings home a new Android phone... most people aren't technically savvy enough to drag a bunch of folders over to the phone... and/or manage their music themselves.

DoubleTwist? I know about it because I'm a geek... but it's far from being a well-known solution. Google Music and Amazon are great if you have an Android phone... but they are too new and still nowhere near mainstream.


Bottom line... every person I know with an iPhone had all of their music on it from day one.

My Android friends? They don't ever use their phones for music. I know people who have Android phones... and they still use their iPods.

I know that's just my anecdotal evidence... but it really rings true with the average consumer.
Rating: 7 Votes
72 months ago
Given the trends in PC sales, being PC free will be especially appreciated by Windows users.

Not to mention Lion will be $30 and Windows is well over $100.
Rating: 6 Votes
72 months ago

I don't see myself ever not having a macbook or mac desktop, but with the whole "post-pc" thing, it really is just natural. I use my macbook less and less all the time now. I usually only get on it to do more intense video/photo editing. Everything else can be done on the go from my iPhone/iPad. For someone like me, who is probably comparable to an average user, I don't need a mac or a pc to do my daily routine anymore. Facebook, basic web browsing, youtube, email.... that's a typical day for me. And I usually do it all from my iDevices now vs my macbook.

When my parents were my age the word "computer" still meant a thing the size of a football field that required fission to power. And in the scheme of things that was not all that long ago. No matter what happens kids will always belittle their parents for being out of touch. I kind of welcome that in a weird way.



Not long ago I thought I would always have a desktop computer for the "heavy duty" movie editing projects. The faster CPU's and the larger storage sizes of the the drives made it more practical. But now my macbook is good enough for the movie editing I do. So I can't imagine ever getting a tower again. I was considering a mac mini as an entertainment system device but given how well the Apple TV works, I may not need that either. So point sof view do change.

For myself I can't imagine being PC free. But my parents for instance would be just fine with an ipad. They are not going to do any movie editing. They leave that to me.
Rating: 6 Votes
72 months ago

In other words, they are now copying features that Android had right from the start.


Can you please stop this nonsense? Thanks.
Rating: 6 Votes
72 months ago

This is a great improvement. Not exactly sure why a "PC Free" type setup wasn't the case to begin with (mainly speaking about the iPad here), but better late than never.


Generally speaking, you can assume that if Apple doesn't do something obvious right away it's because they felt they couldn't do a good job of it and thus held back until they felt they were ready. It can be frustrating. Other companies push functionality out even when it isn't ready just to fill out check lists, but Apple is willing to lose the check list war if they can win the ease of use war in the long run.
Rating: 5 Votes
72 months ago

Can you please stop this nonsense? Thanks.


+1

Complains it's not there, then complains it is there.
Rating: 5 Votes

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