iOS 5 was released yesterday and the web was filled with information on Apple’s new operating system for their portable devices. I’ve been tweeting a lot of them but thought I would do a quick roundup today for those who haven’t yet updated.
Should You Update?
If you haven’t updated yet and you are an iPad 1 (original) owner, like myself, you may want to think twice before the upgrade. I went ahead and upgraded but was supremely disappointed to find that the highly-touted multi-touch gestures of the new operating system DO NOT WORK ON THE ORIGINAL iPAD!!! I was really looking forward to this feature and immediately tested it out but could not get it to do anything. I then went out and searched for information–thinking I must be doing something wrong–and found the following:
- iOS 5 kills multi-touch gestures for original iPad owners | Tecca–Apple’s iOS 5 launches today, and the newly-revamped mobile operating system will add over 200 new features. However, while the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S…
- iOS 5 bad news, update removes iPad multi-touch gestures » Phone Reviews–Today is the day iOS 5 goes live to the public, it looks like it will happen at 6pm UK time and 10am US time, but this new update comes with some bad news. The iOS 5’ update removes iPad multi-touch gestures, ouch. We know you have been waiting all day, and thank you for…
Where Did My Folders Go?
To say I’m disappointed is a big understatement but the trouble doesn’t stop there. Upon upgrading to iOS 5, the update decided to get rid of all my folders. Organizing apps on your iPad into folders really helps organize the system but it does take a while to get it just right. Since I have 500+ apps, I now am faced with prospect of organizing all over again! Fail!
Wifi-Sync–Does It Work?
Another new feature is Wifi-Sync that enables you to sync your iPad without being connected to your computer. However, there is a catch. The iPad must be plugged into power! Okay–I’ll deal with that. I did a couple of regular syncs as recommended and then attempted the Wifi-Sync but was unable to do so since the iPad said my computer wasn’t available. Yet it was and iTunes was running–another fail.
What Do I Think?
I’m not saying you should or shouldn’t update if you’re an original iPad owner–that’s up to you–but it might be good to do some homework before upgrading. In addition, many people were not able to update because of the rush on Apple’s servers. Make sure you have installed the new version of iTunes-10.5-before attempting to install the new iOS.
As promised, here are many of the links I’ve found that will help you out with your decision to upgrade and then use the new operating system.
- iOS 5: Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade–We take a closer look at ten of the most upgradeworthy features in the new iOS 5 for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.
- How to Set Up and Configure All the New Features in iOS 5–iOS 5 is out and there are plenty of new features, some of which require a little bit of set up. We’ll walk you through the entire process so you’re up and running in just a few minutes. Click on the feature you want to set up for a video walkthrough and written instructions as well.
- iOS 5 Update Problems–Having problems? You’re not alone.
- iOS 5 out today: 20 features you need to know | ZDNet–Apple’s next generation mobile operating system is to be released today (12th October), along with over 200 brand new features to bring iOS 5 up t…
- What you need to know about iOS 5 | TechRepublic–The fifth generation iOS, the engine that powers Apple’s popular iPhone and iPad devices (among others), introduces several important changes an…
- BBC News – What are key features of iOS 5?–Apple is releasing iOS 5 for existing iPhone users and the BBC takes a look at a few of the key features
- How to Set Up iCloud in iOS 5–You’ve got iOS 5 and you’re excited to start syncing your data to the cloud. Here’s the very simple setup process to get your iDevice up and running with iCloud.
- Twitter iOS 5 Update Brings Map Integration & Better Image Uploading–Twitter enjoys deep iOS integration in the almost-released iOS 5. The update will allow iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to use the social micro-blogging…
Finally, here’s a nice video tutorial from Techcrunch illustrating the major new features of iOS 5.