Oct 11, 2011

Preparing for and Using iOS 5

Tomorrow is the much anticipated release of iOS 5 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.  GigaOM has some things you can do to prepare, including preparing for iCloud.

iCloud looks very promising when it comes to keeping your devices and your Mac or PC in sync, especially documents and camera roll photos. However, I don't think I'm going to use it for mail and calendar.  I'm already using the cloud for these with Gmail and Google Calendar. It will be hard for Apple or anyone else to beat Gmail for search and for spam filtering.

Reminders also looks interesting but I don't know that I'll replace my Toodledo-Todo combination for to-do lists with it.  Toodledo and Todo have recurring to-dos and other features that I use and I frequently use the Toodledo website itself to manage todos, especially if I'm sitting at a PC instead of a Mac. What Reminders in iOS has that my current system doesn't have is location-based "to-dos".  I may simply augment my own system with Reminders.   In other words, I may use reminders for those "urgent, can't forget before I leave or once I get there" things.

What features do you plan on using? What features do you plan to skip using?

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