Apple has been much in the news lately as, besides Steve Job's passing, they have released a new phone, the iPhone 4S, and a new operating system for existing iPads and iPhones (and newer iPod Touches). I have not bought the iPhone 4S since I am happy with my 4, but I am tempted by its new artificially intelligent personal assistant, Siri. Siri helps you accomplish many tasks with voice commands such as texting, emailing, Internet searching, and adding items to the calendar. While this new feature is limited to those with the iPhone 4S, we all can give our iPads and iPhones a new brain and enhancements by upgrading to iOS5. I did a little video review of iOS 5 which you can see below; it is a pretty significant step for the operating system and will usher us into the "Post-PC" era. After upgrading to iOS5, you will no longer need to connect your device to a computer (or have one, for that matter) to sync and backup your data. I continue to say that it is important to have a laptop at least for work production, accessing Google docs (which are not so iPad-friendly) etc. Sorry the quality is not the best, it's still hard to make a recording where the hand gestures are important to see.
Note: I did read that the split keyboard is designed to help you when you are holding the iPad with 2 hands, so you can type with your thumbs. That makes sense. Note also that the multitouch gestures I demo here only will work on iPad 2.
I highly recommend this upgrade (allow your iPad about 2 hrs to complete it), but definitely read this guide first. Some other good reads:
Top 10 iOS5 Features you should know about (App Advice)
Top 10 iCloud Features you should know about (App Advice)
How to set up Wi-Fi Sync for iOS5 (CNET)