iOS 5 release date -- it's time!

By Richi Jennings (@richi ) - October 12, 2011.

iOS 5
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is about to release iOS 5 -- the release date is today. In fact, by the time you read this, it may already be released. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers get ready.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: The Ira Glass Sex Tape parody...

    Brian X. Chen reports:

Of the many new items, iCloud, Notifications Center, Reminders and iMessage are the most noteworthy. They...streamline the way you access and share data between multiple devices.

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iCloud...is not Apple’s first try at an online...service. MobileMe...had a buggy launch. ... Apple may finally have a solid “cloud” solution on its hands. ... [It's] integrated into some key aspects of iOS 5. ... I imagine that the most popular iCloud-powered feature[s]...will be PhotoStream, an option...to automatically synchronize photos across multiple devices...[and] over-the-air backups. ... [T]he days of “Connect to iTunes” are over. You no longer have to plug your iOS device into a computer.

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The Notifications Center...looks a lot like Android's...though with a little more polish. ... I generally don’t like that Reminders is basically a separate events organizer from Calendar. ... iPhone customers are going to love iMessage, and carriers are going to hate it.   
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    As Gregg Keizer reports, with a new iOS comes a new iTunes:

iTunes 10.5 will be required to synchronize an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch powered by iOS 5. ... Other features bundled in the update include Wi-Fi synchronization.

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iTunes 10.5 made no mention of "iTunes Match,"...[which] will scan a customer's iTunes collection, match those tunes that were not bought through Apple...then make the matches available for instant downloading to a maximum of 10 devices.

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iTunes 10.5 also included 79 security patches. ... Apple also said it was unlinking QuickTime from iTunes on Windows.   
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Walt Mossberg and Katherine Boehret blog thuswise:

Eligible models include the iPhone 4 and 3GS; the iPad and iPad 2; and [later] iPod Touch[es]. A few features only work on the iPad 2 or iPhone 4.

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iCloud...synchronize[s] your data. ... [E]dit photos right on the phone. ... iMessage...routes a text message over the Internet. ... [T]weet directly from...photos, maps, the browser and YouTube. ... Notifications...can be gathered together...or can appear briefly at the top of the screen. ... [Q]uick access to the camera. ... [C]ustomized typing shortcuts.   
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And Josh Smith has sage advice to prepare for iOS 5:

Upgrading to iOS 5 is a great time to clean up your device...remove apps you no longer use. ... [T]ransfer apps and purchases to your computer for easy transfer to your iOS 5 device. ... [B]ack up your iPhone or iPad before you upgrade. ... Download iTunes 10.5. ... If you don’t remember your [Apple ID], now is a good time to track it down. You can reset your Apple ID password at Apple.com.   
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Meanwhile, Matt Mullenweg prognosticates far out:

Google Maps + Navigation on Android is my favorite mobile app of the past 3 years. ... Apple was smart to partner in the beginning, but they can, and should, raise the bar.

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The abstraction of documents...[and] the deemphasis of the filesystem...points to the combination of services that will ultimately disrupt the “magic folder” providers like Dropbox.

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Your phone becomes your credit card...replac[ing] all of those scammy rewards and branded cards. ... Google will probably do this first.

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My TV takes 5-10 seconds longer to turn on than my iPad...imagine Apple has a shining 55? monolith smack dab in the middle of your house. ... [H]ome theatre needs disruption.

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Google will face its existential crisis...from the interface and context of search changing completely.   
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   And Finally...
This American Laugh: Ira Glass Sex Tape
[hat tip: Andy Baio; audio possibly not safe for work]


         
 
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Richi Jennings is an independent analyst/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, and security. He's the creator and main author of Computerworld's IT Blogwatch -- for which he has won American Society of Business Publication Editors and Jesse H. Neal awards on behalf of Computerworld. He also writes The Long View for IDG Enterprise. A cross-functional IT geek since 1985, you can follow him as @richi on Twitter, pretend to be richij's friend on Facebook, or just use good old email: itbw@richij.com. You can also read Richi's full profile and disclosure of his industry affiliations.

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