iOS 5

New Features of iOS5 and iCloud

"Here is a summary of the new features in iOS 5 and iCloud available starting tomorrow, Oct 12, as reported in the 'Cult of Mac' newsletter," reports Jim Hamm.  He goes on to quote from it, "Want to know what Apple retail employees can tell you about iOS 5 and iCloud? These images are of leaked internal Apple documents which are provided to retail store employees to help them sell iOS 5 and iCloud.
     "The documents were obtained by 9to5Mac, and describe all of the major new features in iOS 5, such as Notification Center, iMessage, and Twitter integration; in addition to the key features of iCloud, such as Photo Stream, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and Documents in the Cloud."

Features of iTunes 10.3

Yesterday our busy PMUG guy Jim Hamm sent this article for our on-going education in new things: "Apple released iTunes 10.3 late on Monday, bringing several features introduced earlier on Monday to users. New features include automatic downloads that push newly purchased iTunes music, iBooks, or apps to all your Mac and iOS devices, the ability to (re)download previous iTunes purchases, and the ability to (finally) shop for iBooks books through iTunes on your Mac."

Will iOS 5 Affect Mac Computer Sales?

        Jim Hamm considers how iOS 5 will affect notebook sales. "Here’s a video with a summary of iOS 5. Lots of new features for mobile devices. The most important, in my opinion, is now the iPad, iPhone and iPod no longer need to have a computer to connect to. They can be free-standing devices. A nice step. On the flip side, possibly this might have a deleterious effect on notebook sales. On the other hand, though, I don’t think I’d just want to have only a mobile device and not have my Mac. I think each has its strong points. Time will tell how this all shakes out."
        Here's a thought-provoking article from Jim that speculates about the future of Mac.