Enterprise Mobility: Apple`s iOS 5 Proves a Good Fit

By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2011-11-02 Email Print this article Print
Apple's latest major revision of its mobile operating system proves that the company is capable of learning from its mistakes, while moving the bar for rivals such as Android. Although on the surface it appears to be an improved iOS 4, the addition of cloud-centric networking and sharing features makes iOS 5 a true milestone for the platform. The new version of iOS adds a number of capabilities in the areas of personal information management and media sharing, but the introduction of iCloud as a keystone of iOS 5 is certainly a game-changing move by Apple. In providing users a mobile-focused, simple-to-use repository for application data and media—albeit one that's limited in scope—Apple's having another go at the cloud, but this time, the recipe works. Devices sold before the release of iOS 5 can be upgraded in a matter of hours, at the risk of being realistic about what's involved. It's about a four-hour commitment, from backing up, through the OS image download, restoring apps and data, then setting up new features such as iCloud.

View Stored iWork Files

Apps such as Apple's iWork for iOS that save data to the iCloud service can display their stored data in the application or from the Preferences pane.
View Stored iWork Files
P. J. Connolly began writing for IT publications in 1997 and has a lengthy track record in both news and reviews. Since then, he's built two test labs from scratch and earned a reputation as the nicest skeptic you'll ever meet. Before taking up journalism, P. J. was an IT manager and consultant in San Francisco with a knack for networking the Apple Macintosh, and his love for technology is exceeded only by his contempt for the flavor of the month. Speaking of which, you can follow P. J. on Twitter at pjc415, or drop him an email at pjc@eweek.com.

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