Post-Jobs, Apple gears up for new iOS 5 launch

The new version of iOS 5 from Apple will be launched on Wednesday, for the first time without the legendary CEO Steve Jobs guiding the stage from behind.

Though iOS 5 made its debut early in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the latest version is an update with 200 plus new features, making Apple’s hand-held devices break from the past and from the Mac platform.

Some of the new features include iCloud, Notifications Center, Reminders and iMessage. Unlike the failed feature MobileMe, iCloud is promised to be better with the key features in iOS 5, especially new features like PhotoStream, e-books, device backups, document storage and iTunes music. PhotStream will relay via Wi-Fi any picture that you take anywhere to your computer, saving the time and memory.

As Apple has released an update for iTunes 10.5, a day before its official release of iOS 5, it is available for download.

iTunes 10.5 new features include — iTunes now stores your music and TV purchases in iCloud and makes them available on your devices anywhere, any time, at no additional cost.Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your Mac and iOS devices.Download your past music, TV, app, and book purchases again, at no additional cost.

Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5.Wi-Fi Syncing allows you automatically sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes any time they’re both on the same Wi-Fi network.

Further, iTunes 10.5 brings with it compatibility with iOS 5 and iCloud, and adds support for the iTunes Match part of the iCloud service.

Coming back to iOS5, the significant feature with iCloud is that your apps, notes, calendar and all the documents will be stored in cloud that you can tap whenever you want without the hand-held device. So is the case with your iTunes which you can access withtout the umblical chord to your main computer.

So, what’s Apple’s strategy in bringing iCloud forward? The only disadvantage is that your data and personal information is there with the company and whenever the government want to tap it, it is there. Your privacy is often compromised but we cannot complain as all our e-mail information is available to the government on demand with or without your knowledge.

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