Apple iOS 5 and iCloud Updates

On October 10th, Apple announced updates to their mobile operating system and online storage capacity for their iPhone, iPad, and iPod mobile devices.  These updates, officially released on October 12th, continue to revolutionize cutting-edge mobile technology.


iOS 5 Updates

iOS 5 is the operating system used by Apple’s mobile computing the devices.  Several updates to this software include the Notification Center, iMessage, Newsstand, Reminders & Calendar, Camera & Photos, and Safari web browser system.

The Notification Center provides all notifications in one easy swipe down menu.  Swipe the menu down to see all push notifications from your apps, text messages, and even the weather.  Swipe the menu up to hide it from view.  iMessage allows users to text through WiFi, 3G, or from the text messaging plan available from your cell phone provider.  This way, you can send and receive messages on all of your devices.  The Newsstand is used to organize digital magazine subscriptions, very similar to how iBooks manages your eBooks.  These features can be used by children for school assignment questions, quick communication, or even load books and periodicals for the recommended 30 minutes of reading at home each evening.

Reminders and Calendar Updates is my favorite new feature and I can see it being an important update for professionals and students alike.  The reminders are used like a checklist that you can add times, dates, and even locations to prompt you about what you need to do and when.  Then all of the reminders are synced across your devices to make sure you are prepared no matter which one you might be using during the day.  You can even invite others to view your schedule and it can sync with their Apple devices wirelessly and remotely.

The updates to the camera allow you to open the camera from the start screen and to hold the phone sideways and use the volume button as the shutter of the camera.  This makes the camera more accessible and easier to use and is great for children on the go for photos they may need to take for school projects.  There are also easier to use photo editing options that can be used directly from the photo app including red-eye removal, cropping, and rotating.  The photo doesn’t have to be moved to a computer before printing and makes the camera a much more user friendly device.

The mobile web browser Safari now uses tabbed browsing, has a reading mode to better read online articles, and can save articles across all of your devices for later viewing.


The iCloud is used to store all of your data and files that are traditionally stored on the hard drive of the mobile device to the Internet and your Apple ID account.  This is done effortlessly and is completed after turning the feature on.  This means that all of your songs, photos, documents, videos, contacts, and calendars can easily be synced wirelessly through all of your devices.  5GB of storage is provided for free.  Anything purchased on iTunes, iBooks, and through other Apple services doesn’t count toward the storage limit.  This is great for children of all ages, elementary through college, to keep all of the digital files organized across all of their devices to be utilized in many different ways in education from being able to work on a paper on the go, or developing a video for a project.

All of these updates help to make the Apple mobile products more user friendly, provide an unsurpassed user experience when compared to other devices, are a great for children to utilize for school projects and for educational purposes along with having a little bit of fun.

Article By Laura Ketcham-VanHellemont

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