New apple iphone software launched today
The new software has been eagerly awaited and I think represents a real step forward. I wanted to share a few of my thoughts on the launch and installation, and later I’ll show some of the screenshots and feedback.
ios 5 is the name of the software
Compared to Snow Leopard / Lion, the names of the iPad / iPhone software are not as imaginative. However they represent a very clear step forward. The full feature set you can find at the apple website.
The installation process requires you to connect your iphone via the iPhone / USB connector cable. Then in Apple iTunes, having first backed up the iPhone (right click and transfer all purchases, then right click backup), you will be in the right starting position.
iTunes will show that you have a software update available, and then by clicking “update” it will download the upgrade (which may take some time), and then upgrade the software on your Apple iPhone.
You will have to go through several “registration” screens once the upgrade has completed – e.g. enabling location services, reentering your itunes account details, etc..
You may find that the iPhone is working but without your old applications.
If this is the case then do a sync and you should have all your applications back and working.
iMessage is the most interesting feature, with my son in Canada, having an easy way to message, is something we’ve been looking into. This for now seems like an ideal next step, and so far so good.
Overall a big success, and I’ll share more insights soon.
apple ios 5
The most clear feature for me, was that the screen seemed sharper and I like the new gui. It’s the simple small things which make a big difference over time. The iPhone also seems to run faster and more smoothly which is a big plus.