Monday, October 17, 2011

A Quick Tour of iOS5 on iPad

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)


  1. Thanks for the video Sean. This was super helpful for a non-techie SLP.

  2. I had a second hand Ipad First Gen and that runs on IOS 6 when I got it. The interface was clunky, so I bought it to cell phone repair medford oregon, they restored it and told me that my ipad can only perform well on IOS 5. I'm not a techie person so I find your post really helpful because I can't really find tutorials on IOS 5, most of them are running the latest version.

  3. I just had it installed in my itouch 5th gen and it was not different from the previous IOS, I guess. I think ipad app developer are up to some more this year for more improvements.

  4. I've read somewhere that there are no available unthetered jailbreak for an ios6 yet. Jailbreak that is available for ios6 is a thetered one. I do hope that an app development perth will come up with an unthetered jailbreak version for ios6.

  5. I've been searching for the same/compatible OS for my at&t wireless medford oregon phone. I noticed how in demand Apple is and I agree that the graphics and apps are high class.

  6. The ipad with the iOS upgrade is cool. It gives new functionality to the ipad.

    -Tilly Nelson