iOS 5 to Make the iPad ‘PC Free’ – OTA Activation, Updates, Sync, and Backup

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More good news for iPad and iOS users from today’s WWDC 2011 keynote event – iOS 5, the next major update to the iPad (and iPhone and iPod Touch) operating system, will bring our iDevices into a new ‘PC Free’ era. As in, we will no longer need to connect the iPad or other iOS devices to a PC to carry out many common and essential tasks.

For starters, activation of new devices will no longer require you to connect to iTunes on a PC. We’ll be able to activate new devices wirelessly.

Fimrware updates (updates to the device OS) will aslo now be available wirelessly.

And best of all … we will be able to sync with iTunes via WiFi, and backup and restore our iPad and iOS devices via the new (and free!) iCloud service. WiFiSync

These new wireless capabilities are automated and very intelligent sounding:

Wirelessly sync your iOS device to your Mac or PC over a shared Wi-Fi connection. Every time you connect your iOS device to a power source (say, overnight for charging), it automatically syncs and backs up any new content to iTunes. So you always have your movies, TV shows, home videos, and photo albums everywhere you want them.

This is great stuff. It’s a big win for veteran users who hated having to ‘cable up’ to sync and backup, and an even bigger win for novice users who may never have even synced their devices before and will find this a much easier method to keep their devices up to date and their data safe.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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